Yesterday, sadly, was the end of an era. I passed my beloved Evola dropshot rod on to a great new home. The Evola was solely responsible for winning 2 tournaments and placing in the top five in 4 more. The legendary BaitBreath Evola EVO-S610MLTS was one of the first JDM dropshot rods to come over from Japan and became the standard to which all dropshot rods have been made to and measured by. Perfect balance, action, and sensitivity, this rod just had ‘it’ all. As far as I can find out, the BaitBreath Evola rod lineup was sold in one tackle shop (Angler’s Marine in Southern California) for one season, in the early 2000′s (2003/04?). It’s amazing that one rod has had so much influence over the design of dropshot rods ever since.
So, now you are asking why, if that rod was so special, why did I sell it? Trust me, I regret it already, and feel like something is missing, and have that sick feeling in my stomach that I’ll never be able to replace it. There’s an also an Evergreen Opus 1 reel that has lost it’s soul mate. However, all is not doom and gloom. I have a rod already lined up to try to live up to the Evola’s huge legacy, the yet to be released Megabass X7 Simoom, which looks like an incredible rod, but again, will have so much to live up to. But I’m willing to give it a fair shot at making it’s own legacy of good times and success.
So, grab a wobbly pop and join me in a toast to some great times fishing with the Evola, and good luck to it’s new owner, whom I know will get as much enjoyment out of it as I did!