Both ice rods I’d toted on a trip last winter were a little heavy for the shallow panfish we were targeting—-as was the line I had spooled on my reels. Dave Lefebre invited me to pick from his selection of 13 Fishing light and ultralight ice combos, all of which were spooled with 1- or 2-pound test.
The black and silver Wicked combos immediately caught my eye, so I grabbed one. I didn’t put that combo back down for more the a few minutes for the next three days. I had other options, but I liked its feel and performance even more than it liked its sleek appearance.
I’ve fished with various other ice rods in the year since, but it wasn’t until this week, again while fishing with Lefebre, that I again got fish with a Wicked ice combo. After four more days, no change in my perspective. In fact, I intend to order a couple of my own.
The Wicked rod has a Toray graphite blank that makes it super light in hand and seriously sensitive for detecting soft strikes. A moderate action allows for a good hook set, even with tiny line, with minimal risk of breaking the line. Features include an Evolve carbon-divide reel seat and performance eyes.
The matte grey reel is a nice match for the rod, aesthetically. More importantly, it’s similarly light and nicely balanced and operates smoothly. Because the Wicked combos I’ve played with have been spooled with 1-pound-test, I’ve had pretty good opportunity to test the drag over seven days of use and can attest that it does the job well.
Lefebre uses various 13Fishing rods, including the Wicked series. To him the best rod speed and length depend on the species he’s targeting and whether he’s fishing outside or in a hut.
Here’s his take:
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