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Ok so I got the new rod in a few hours ago (The 7'3 MH model). A few things struck me about it. First this rod balanced almost perfectly with a Curado 200e. I was very happy and impressed by that. Second the Micro guides are fantastic! I was so happy to see how nice they are compared to the crappy ones on the other Carrots. My friend was shocked at just how "Micro" they truly are as well. The stiffness and action was also exactly what I was hoping for. The tip will be perfect for walking a spro frog and load up well on buzz frogs. I haven't had a chance to test sensitivity yet besides "the voice test". It did well but I'm not certain yet because it's been a while since I tested my Gold Carrot Six with that test. However I'm leaning toward to Gold on sensitivity. I think this a whole new blank they used and so I'm not sure if it's as sensitive as the gold. I'll do some more tests and hopefully I'll be able to get it on the water very soon. For now I'm a happy camper!

Well earlier this week I broke down and ordered a 7'3 Micro Carrot stix. The Carrots have gotten a crap load of bad PR with Duckett, the early broken rods, and horrible guides. These three things had kept me from ordering any more Carrots. I love my 7'9 heavy that I have but the tip guide grooved like I've never seen a guide grooved before. So I replaced the tip and it's been great since. Then I saw they switched to Fuji for their micro guides and the guide issue went away for me.

Then of course Duckett came out with his own rods and I realize IMHO he's a ........ well lets just say I don't have much respect for the guy. Also while down in Pickwick I ran into a Pro who was using the Duckett rods and I asked about them. He flat out told me that they have a serious breakage issue. I thought hmm any chance Kent W leaving carrots and coming over to ducket to design their rods have anything to do with this? I'm betting it does. A couple days later I'm at a local tackle shop by Pickwick and a guys bringing in a Skeete Resse rod in with the tip broken. He told me it was his third rod that had done it. I thought wow this dude must be a little rough on these things, but when I got back I talked to a little local bait shop owner who sold some. He told me of the dozen he sold 5 of them came back broken. So basically I've come to the opinion that new rods designs often have a higher breakage issue. This could be by a faulty design or by a lack of quality control on the manufacturing side. So all of this made me realize E21 was just dealing with the same things allot of these guys are when coming out with new rods. Heck this was their entire first go around with rods there were bound to be some issues.

So IMO all three issues were addressed to my satisfaction to warrant a purchase again. I love my flipping carrot to death. The guides were horrible no doubt but the replaced tip has helped, and the micro Fuji guides should be pretty sweet on the new rod. I've also had the opportunity to fish with some other quality rods as well, but I still favor the carrots. They are much lighter and IMHO a fair amount more sensitive then most other rods in there price range. So for those of you interested in a review of the rod I'll post some info and early experiences of it after it arrives on Monday. It seems there is hardly spec of customer reviews about the new rod. I'll make sure to post some pics of the new guides as well.

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**Updated**

Ok so I got the new rod in a few hours ago (The 7'3 MH model). A few things struck me about it. First this rod balanced almost perfectly with a Curado 200e. I was very happy and impressed by that. Second the Micro guides are fantastic! I was so happy to see how nice they are compared to the crappy ones on the other Carrots. My friend was shocked at just how "Micro" they truly are as well. The stiffness and action was also exactly what I was hoping for. The tip will be perfect for walking a spro frog and load up well on buzz frogs. I haven't had a chance to test sensitivity yet besides "the voice test". It did well but I'm not certain yet because it's been a while since I tested my Gold Carrot Six with that test. However I'm leaning toward to Gold on sensitivity. I think this a whole new blank they used and so I'm not sure if it's as sensitive as the gold. I'll do some more tests and hopefully I'll be able to get it on the water very soon. For now I'm a happy camper!

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If your previous experience has been poor

(crappy guides, etc.), why go back for more?

There are plenty of great alternatives to choose

from in that price range.

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If your previous experience has been poor

(crappy guides, etc.), why go back for more?

There are plenty of great alternatives to choose

from in that price range.

Because my experience with my Gold beside the guide issue wasn't bad. Yeah I didn't like the guides but I loved everything else about it. IMHO the Gold was the lightest most sensitive rod I've held and that includes G Loomis IMX's. We all have what we like and I like the feel of the Carrots. Now I had held off for a period of time from buying another because of the issues I laid out. However they have all been answered to my satisfaction and the new Fuji Micro guides look like they will be fantastic and are exactly what I wanted. I mean in fact I had a great 7ft MH Rod in that price range that I'm probably going to sell because I prefer the Carrots.

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