Product Review MHX High-Mod Rod Blanks

Product Review for MHX High-Mod Rods

Before we dive into the MHX High-Mod products, let’s take a few minutes and go over what High-Mods are.

As we know, there are many options to consider when buying a fishing rod blank.  Some of the first things fisherman and rod builders should think about are:

  • What type and size of fish they are targeting.
  • What line weight and lure size is needed for their application.
  • What type of Action and Power will your rod need?
  • What rod blanks support all these specifications?

That’s a good starting point, but we notice a good number of folks leave out one important element in their considerations – material.

Some rods are made, and marketed, as being so indestructible they can almost be tied into a knot, and apparently can withstand a door closing on their tip tops.  We all remember those ugly commercials, right?

What is usually not marketed is the fact that while these rods may be marketed as indestructible, they lack some important performance features like casting distance, performance, sensitivity, and their overall weight.

This is not the case with high modulus rods, also known as high-mods.

MHX High Mod Blank Gen 2

What Is A High Modulus Rod

If you want to really dive deep into the physics of it, try Googling “Modulus” and “Modulus of Elasticity” for more detail.  Have the aspirin ready.

The word modulus, as it relates to graphite fishing rods, is a term that refers to the degree of stiffness, or resistance to bending.  Simply put, the higher the modulus, the stiffer the material is by weight.

The higher the modulus also means the thinner the material can be while still possessing strength equal to, or greater than, rods made using cheaper materials.

The unit of measure is in millions of modulus, which really roles off the tongue, doesn’t it?

In the marketplace, you will see ratings of 33 million modulus, or 50 million modulus, etc., the higher the number, the stronger the material is for its weight.  MHX High-Mods are 57 million modulus.

Top 4 Reasons High-Mod Is Good

High-Mod graphite fishing rods have many benefits to them, including the following:

1.  Weight

High-Mod rods are the lightest types of fishing rods on the market.  Does that really make a difference?  Well, yes.  If you are throwing 1/2 oz. spinnerbaits for hours on end, the lighter weight will make a huge difference in reducing the fatigue you feel in your arm and shoulders.

2.  Sensitivity in Fish Bite

If fish always smacked your hook like it owed them money, then sensitivity to feel the bite would not matter.  However, as we all know, fish often give just the slightest signal they are on, and in order to at least have the hook set opportunity, you need to feel them.  There simply is not a better type of rod out there to detect fish bites than High-Mod rods.

3.  Sensitivity in Topography

High-Mod rods are so sensitive that with a little practice, you can work a Carolina rig, or bump a jig around, and actually tell if the bottom is sandy, has weeds, stumps, and create a mental image of the underwater terrain.  Experienced fisherman can do this to some degree already, but is significantly improved with High-Mod rods.

4.  Castability

As you wind up for the cast, more energy is going to be transferred, resulting in a much longer cast than lower modulus rods.  If you really want to increase casting distance and accuracy, try using micro-guides.

Who Should Use High-Mods

Not every rod is the same, which is good because not every fisherman is the same.

If you are looking to build a rod to keep in the back of your truck for those spontaneous fishing excursions, High-Mods are not a great choice.  They are great for fishing, but not for bumping into things like dock edges, and doors on your truck.

However, if you have specific fishing applications in mind and want a “Professional Type” of fishing rod, then High-Mod rods are the way to go.

MHX High-Mod Rod Types

Note:  Please read MHX Generation 2 High Mod Fishing Rod Blanks for new updated specifications.

MHX has more High-Mod rod options than anyone on the market.  Here is an overview of their specifications:

  • Classifications – Mag Taper, Spinnerbait, Spin Jig, Drop Shot, and Popping.
  • Length Range – 6 ft. 6 in. to 7 ft. 7 in.
  • Line Range – 4 lb. to 20 lb.
  • Lure Range – 1/16 oz. to 1 oz.
  • Action Range – Extra-Fast to Fast.
  • Power Range – Light to Heavy, including Mag-Med-Lt.

Why Fish MHX?

Available only to custom rod builders

MHX blanks are not available as factory production rods, they are only available to custom rod builders.  This exclusive access provides the custom rod builder with a lineup of blanks which are above and beyond what can be offered by mass production manufacturers.  When using an MHX blank, custom rod builders can offer a truly custom rod without competition from a rod factory.

Application Guides

Each MHX blank is designed and produced for specific applications and uses.  The design information is listed along with each blank to provide the custom rod builder with usage and application suggestions.

Quality Control

Under a 7 point inspection system, blanks are checked for straightness, butt and tip diameter, weight & length – and are deflected to confirm correct power and blank action.  This industry leading detailed inspection assures custom rod builders receive a blank which exceed their expectations.

Individual Serial Numbers

Once it has passed the quality control stage, each MHX blank is assigned an individual serial number.  This assures that every MHX rod you build, fish, buy or sell can be tracked throughout its life cycle from end to end with no concern about warranty issues.

Limited Lifetime Transferrable Warranty

MHX again sets the standard with their exclusive limited lifetime transferable warranty.  Each rod blank can be registered online with its individual serial number by either the custom rod builder or the end user of the rod.  When registered, the blanks unique serial number identifies that rod blank to registrant.  If the registrant sells or gives the rod blank or finished rod to another person, the warranty can be transferred to the new owner – an industry first!

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