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The Revolver Rod as the Standard for Baitcasting.


By Rich Forhan

By way of introduction, the Revolver Rod is my trademark

and design - that features the combination of a spiral

wrap, no fore-grip, modified reel seat and split grip on a

baitcasting rod.

All baitcasting rods cast the lure, manipulate or move the

lure, feel the bite, set the hook, fight the fish, and land

the fish. What makes the Revolver Rod set the standard in

all these areas? Here are some of the reasons.

1) Cast the lure:

   *Technique specific blanks: Revolvers are built on the

best American-made blanks for that particular technique.

Compromise is necessary when choosing the right modulus,

recovery rate, power, length and action for a particular


   *Spine: The spine is better thought of as the stable

position of the blank when loaded and should be positioned

in the plane of the cast to enhance casting or in the plane

of the fish load to enhance fish fighting. All Revolvers do

one or the other.

   *Split grip: The split grip encourages efficient

two-handed casting, which gives better distance and

control. Executing various casts two-handed takes practice

and over time will save your arms from wear and tear. (Like

a two-handed backhand)


2) Feel the bite:

   *Rod weight: A Revolver is ALWAYS lighter than other

comparable rods  - by design. (No fore-grip, modified reel

seat, split grip, Fuji J-ring single foot guides - weigh


   *No fore-grip: The lack of a fore-grip on the Revolver

design allows the forefinger to touch the blank when

palming the reel and not the vibration absorbing cork of a


   *Modified reel seat: The RF-lite modification to Fuji

reel seats opens up the maximum blank area under the reel

for finger contact and lightens the rod, while maintaining

the one piece integrity of the Fuji seat.

   *Fuji J-ring guides: A Revolver uses more and lighter

single foot guides that weigh less overall than standard

rods. The extra contact points enhance sensitivity.

3) Set the hook:

   *Rod stiffness: A technique specific blank has enough

stiffness to set the hook within the line range of the

blank and the style and diameter of hooks used for that


   *Rod stability: A Revolver baitcasting rod has more

guides under the rod, which give it more power and

stability on the hook set. (The line in the tip section

will always try to roll under a rod from the pull of the


   *Tip torque: Because a Revolver does not have any twist

induced on hard hook sets, you can hit harder on the hook

set and not shorten the life of the rod. Tip twist

eventually fatigues and breaks most heavily used graphite


   *Instant control: Because a Revolver spirals the guides

under the rod, on a hard hook set, you will experience

instant stability and control - not the instability

experienced with a standard baitcasting set-up.

4) Fight the fish:

   *Stability: The bigger the fish and the harder they

pull, the more stable a Revolver rod will be compared to a

standard rod.

   *Smooth fight: The stability and smoothness of a

Revolver is especially effective with treble hook lures -

they won’t take a lot of erratic loading and unloading.

   *Fighting the rod: With a Revolver, you fight the fish,

not the fish and the instability of the rod - caused by the

torque of the eyes on top of a standard rod.

   *Relaxed grip: A Revolver only needs a relaxed grip to

hold the rod. It will not twist in your hands. Over the

course of a day’s fishing, this will lessen fatigue in your

hands. (Assuming you’ve been catching fish!)

5) Land the fish:

   *High sticking: High sticking a fish at the boat is

never good for any rod. It is especially damaging to a

standard rod because the eyes on top will attempt to roll

under toward the fish and cause severe twisting to the tip

section. A Revolver will not twist, but high sticking is

still a bad idea - even with a Revolver.

   *Line chaff: On a Revolver, the line never chaffs on the

rod during a full arc - unlike a standard rod. This allows

for fewer break-offs.

6) Durability:

   *Forhan Locking Wrap: All Revolvers use this wrap on

single foot guides - to make them bulletproof. They will

never pull out - even from abuse.

   *Locking notches: The individual cork rings and reel

seat are notched to prevent the possibility of sheer forces

breaking them loose from the blank.

   *Rubberized butt: The last 1/2-inch of the rear grip is

round and comfortable for two-handed casting and use as a

fighting butt - yet extremely durable.

7) Other custom features:

   *Hook keepers: A hole drilled in the trigger is used for

plugs and jigs, a Z-bend keeper between the split grips is

used for all plastics and the drop shot weight.   

   *Power Guide: A unique Power Guide can be placed above

the reel for Flippin’. This will prevent tangles if you

pull line to the same side as the handles.

8) Cost:

   *Revolvers can be more expensive. However, on a cost per

use basis, they will become the least expensive rods you’ll

ever own.

Interested? You can build your own - order my book and go

from there. Or, check my web site  (  for

more information and prices.


by Rich Forhan Custom Rods


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