Product Review: MHX 2nd Generation High-Mod Fishing Rod Blanks
Product Review: MHX 2nd Generation High-Mod Fishing Rod Blanks

MHX has been tweaking their design for their next generation high-mods for years now – and we recently had a chance to sit with MHX lead rod blank designer, Todd Vivian, and ask him what makes the Gen 2 so great.

Here is a summary directly from Todd:

“With the MHX High Modulus Series in it’s 3rd year, we felt that it was time to breathe a little new life into the series.  So we decided that with some new technology available since the original design – we would try to take advantage of some of this.

What our goals were when we started was the following:

  • Reduce diameter of the blank overall
  • Increase durability
  • Increase sensitivity
  • Where possible reduce weight

We were able to accomplish all of these by utilizing a new (to us) factory that has in the past done nothing but High End fly rods.

This made reducing the diameters easier as they were very comfortable with dealing with the smaller diameter tooling required.

We also converted to 100% Toray fiber from Japan and incorporated a new hardened resin system that will hold this small package together with greater stresses exerted on it.

We have been testing the prototypes since last fall and they have truly exceeded our expectations.

On top of total re-design of the original models, we have designed 5 new models including a highly requested flippin’ stick in the 7’8” 5 power range along with two new X-Fast Mag-Bass models and two new much needed Spin Jig models.

We will of course continue to add new models as demand dictates.” – Todd Vivian

Suggested Reading: What Is A High Modulus Fishing Rod

Why Fish MHX Rod Blanks?

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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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