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I’m trying to decide between these two rods. I’ve held both of the last generation models of each of these rods but I don’t know how they perform our how the newest models feel. Can anyone give some insight?

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I have a first gen Villian 6'9" ML,I love it.  It's light and has great sensitivity.I use it for wacky rigs in gravel pits and throw tubes when fishing the river.

 

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Villain 2.0 spinning rod review.  http://tackletour.com/reviewabuvillain2spin.html

Villain 2.0 casting rod review. http://tackletour.com/reviewabuvillaincasting.html

Read smalljaw67's post.  https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/155462-fenwick-aetos-or-hmg/

 

Finding reviews on the Aetos is hard.  Go to TW.  Check out the reviews left at the bottom of the page after clicking on the Aetos spinning (or casting) models.  I have 2 of the original Aetos casting models.  Some of my first casting rods were 6'6', but I soon found out that I prefer longer.  So the 6'6" rods didn't get used much.  I bought the Aetos 6'6" MLM casting rod after smalljaw67 gave me his opinion of the rod.  I absolutely love it.  Unfortunately it looks like Fenwick dropped this model with the 2nd generation model.

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I own 3 Aetos rods and absolutely love them. They're light and sensitive. I own 2 spinnings and one casting. Which Power/action/lenght are you looking at ?

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I don't know anything about the Villain, but have four Aetos rods, 3 from the previous generation (2 casting, 6'4" M-XF, and 6'8" MH-F, one spinning 7'0" M-F), and one casting from the current generation (7'5" MH-F) that Fenwick sent to me in a warranty claim when I broke another of the last gen.  They are excellent and beautiful rods -- very light, with "crisp" actions, and power ratings that are right on. The new generation is even lighter.  I use the 7'5" MH-F for a mix of jigs & frogs. The tip is soft enough to launch a 1/2oz frog a mile and has plenty of power for slop-work even though it's not a heavy. And it has excellent sensitivity for bottom contact.

 

The only thing I don't like is that the handles of both generations are 1-2 inches longer than I wish they were. But that's just a matter of taste, as I prefer shorter than usual handles.

 

 

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1 hour ago, MIbassyaker said:

I don't know anything about the Villain, but have four Aetos rods, 3 from the previous generation (2 casting, 6'4" M-XF, and 6'8" MH-F, one spinning 7'0" M-F), and one casting from the current generation (7'5" MH-F) that Fenwick sent to me in a warranty claim when I broke another of the last gen.  They are excellent and beautiful rods -- very light, with "crisp" actions, and power ratings that are right on. The new generation is even lighter.  I use the 7'5" MH-F for a mix of jigs & frogs. The tip is soft enough to launch a 1/2oz frog a mile and has plenty of power for slop-work even though it's not a heavy. And it has excellent sensitivity for bottom contact.

 

The only thing I don't like is that the handles of both generations are 1-2 inches longer than I wish they were. But that's just a matter of taste, as I prefer shorter than usual handles.

 

 

You must love the ET Smallmouth series!  :D 

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Just now, new2BC4bass said:

You must love the ET Smallmouth series!  :D 

Yes, yes I do  -- I have the 6'9" MH-F and 6'10" MH-MF casters, and the handle lengths are perfect on those.

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41 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

Yes, yes I do  -- I have the 6'9" MH-F and 6'10" MH-MF casters, and the handle lengths are perfect on those.

:D  Only thing I would change on them is a bit longer handle.  Love them otherwise.

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