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iRod Genesis II

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The iRod "Genesis II" Series Rods are high quality bass fishing rods that feature premium components and styling, yet retains an affordable price tag. iRod’s Genesis II Series of casting rods offers anglers a full line of 14 technique specific bass fishing rods that encompasses the entire spectrum of bass fishing applications; from worm fishing to chucking the big swimbaits. With design influence from several of the top professional anglers, the iRod Genesis II Rods are designed to meet the needs of bass fishermen from the novice to expert level. We offer the complete line of Genesis II Series Casting and Spinning Rods. The Genesis II Casting Rods from iRod are the second generation of iRod’s lineup of bass fishing rods. The initial success of the Genesis Series inspired iRod to seek out ways to improve their next generation. The result of their introspective analysis resulted in iRod designing the Genesis II rods to be lighter, yet still retain their precise actions and strength.


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(Updated: April 06, 2014)
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iRod Genesis II (IRG704C)

Fishing rod choices become harder for anglers as the market saturates with new choices each year. Complicating it even further are the marketing campaigns from every manufacturer in the country. It's difficult to know the real scoop on the rods you may not be familiar with and that's where I can help.

Dean over at Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle had a new rod in the shop he wanted some feedback on and I readily obliged. The iRod Genesis II was the rod. The one he had for me to test was a 7' H Fast Action (IRG704C). With a couple of hours after work and a tournament over the weekend, time on the water with the rod wouldn't be a problem.

Let's get to it, shall we?


With nine guides, a split grip of EVA foam and more than 14 inches of handle, the allows a good, comfortable grip for casting. The rod has good balance and is lightweight. In fact, this may be the lightest Heavy I've ever fished with. The components are of good quality and the blank has a nice matte finish.


While it was easy to cast, I found the rod sluggish and not as sensitive as I like once the bait was in the water. Instead of felling sharp pings when coming into contact with rocks (I was throwing a 1/2 ounce swimjig) it was more of a dull thud. It was the same when a fish hit if I felt it at all. A few of the fish I was alerted to by watching the line (SeaGuar Invisx 12 pound test).

The sensitivity of this rod needs to be increased. I am not sure what blank is used in this rod but it is going to need an upgrade if they intend to sell them at $149.

After being in the truck and kayak, the eyes were starting to bend a bit. When I attempted to straighten them the epoxy made a cracking noise.

When I attached the reel to the reel seat I also noticed that the grooves on the tightening mechanism on the seat would grind a little bit. This could be problematic with extended use.


The iRod looks like a good finish but it's not a great fish. I've used Falcon and St Croix rods that cost less and were more sensitive. They had just as much strength. When you catch a sale or get a coupon you could also get a Kistler for the same price. The Genesis II feels more like an $89 rod to me. For $149 I expect better.

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Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Large Lakes
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Lightweight, Long Handle
Lack of sensitivity, Price
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