Northern NH averages small lake trout. The lakes I fish average 18” Lakers . I bought the 40” medium spinning and it has been perfect. The quality is amazing! The rod loads up really well but has enough backbone to set the hook! It even handles 1/2oz buck tails, but I wouldn’t go any heavier. I’m glad I had this rod when I hooked into a 6 pound 10 ounce laker. This rod handled the trout perfectly and I’m very impressed. Will be buying the 40” medium heavy spinning rod for my 3/4 ounce tubes or bigger jigs.
After losing several big fish and realizing I was under gunned, I pulled the trigger on a black beauty. The rod is well made, the guides are sturdy and perfect for running braid. The extended butt helps horse the big ones to the hole. This this bends like no other for being a heavier rod, and is also sensitive enough to pick up light biting perch as they cruise through with the Eyes. Definitely will have this rod for a lifetime. Andrew, from Upstate NY
This pole is awesome! First fish on it was a 37 inch laker! Pole handled awesome!
I just wanted to add to what everyone one else comments on these rods... They are AMAZING. I got the 45" medium heavy casting rod for Lakers on great slave Lake. I was on the fence between this one and the extra heavy because great slave holds some trophy trout... I am glad I went with the medium heavy as it has enough backbone to handle heavy fish and manages head shakes beautifully. The longer thicker cork handle makes playing aggressive fish a dream. Also worth mentioning they are beautiful rods esthetically. Do yourself a favour and get one!
Performs well with med to large lipless cranks and spoons. I bought 2 just to be able to switch my presentation quickly, and for targeting walleye in the 24" plus class.
I was impressed with the reviews of this rod.It's nice to have the top ice rod perform like a champ!You don't loose many fish because this rod does all the work & has the power to set hooks on the toughest mouths.I put 621 fish on the ice this season & this rod made it easy.Do yourself a favor and pick one of Eric's ice rods up.You won't regret it!
Put this rod to the test jigging big bondy baits for some monster Lakers. It got the job done landing over 15 Lakers in this trip, the biggest being around 28 pounds. unreal rods might have to get a few more in the near future.
These builds have unmatched quality and my expectations were not disappointed, I'm thrilled with 2 @36" mediums and the 40" medium spinning rod.
I got to use my two 36” med rods for the first time on a late ice Devils Lake, ND trip last weekend. I set them up in HT wind jigger rod holders. One with a bobber and one with a bait feeder reel. Best dead stick setup I have ever used!! I never lost a fish on either rod, the bobber rig had the bail closed and 4 walleyes hooked themselves. The action was soft enough to keep even perch and smaller walleye pinned, yet I was amazed how sensitive the rod is jigging spoons! We took 12 walleyes from those 2 poles (allowed 4 lines ice fishing in ND). I never lost a fish on either pole all weekend. The longer handles are perfect for the wind jiggers and let you jig with your choppers on!!. Both rods were flawless and, and are the best looking rods I own.(I was looking hard at the 40”, but I gambled on the mystery tube to see what the quality of the rods are...saved some money but no 15 year warranty either). I will definitely be getting the 40”MH
I will definitely be buying the 45” ML and 40” MH when they are back in stock.
I have caught many fish with my new Haat rod. Zero flex in handle when rod is loaded up. Beautiful craftsmanship. I will be getting a rod in the future for sure.
I purchased this rod at the same time as an equivalent Tuned Up Custom rod. The look and build quality of the Haat is better in my opinion, especially at the tip where the tuned up has a damage prone rod eye extending beyond the rod end as if someone wacked off a walleye rod after one of the middle eyes. I’m sure this doesn’t bother some, however because I jam too many rods into an aluminum riffle case, it is a concern. Can’t speak for performance yet, as I have only accidentally caught low 40” Musky on both, (plenty strong) not sure of ability to absorb head-shakes properly. Seems to have just the right combination of backbone and flex- ice might not cooperate for this years late ice laker hunt🙄... Overall, it’s the favorite rod in my case next to some St. Croix Mojos and a Tuned up- Thank You!!!!!
BTW Thank you to Uncut Angling (on YouTube) for turning me onto this rod!!!!
36" Medium Spinning rod paired with a President 25 reel! 6 lbs test line. The rod is sensitive enough, yet has a really good backbone. Will buy this product again! Mille Lacs Minnesota walleyes and tulibee's!
36 in Medium Haat rod paired with a Daiwa Ballistic Lt 2500 series. I can't wait to use it! Will have a good time chasing some Mille Lacs walleyes!
I can't give a review of this rod and not use the word fantastic. It's responsive, sturdy, and balanced perfectly. The reel seat fits my stradic snugly and the cork handle is very comfortable. The action is in the perfect zone of medium fast, I can feel the difference between a broad side bump and a bite very easily and that means more pinned fish! 31" is a great size. I am able to get a hook set in my one man flip over with no issues. I couldn't be more satisfied.
Rod is awesome! Great feel when fighting big fish. Awesome hook ups and rod give a really nice bend.
This is my first Haat rod after my cousin, Scott Connole, let me try one of his Haat rods! The 31" Black Beauty did not disappoint!! This is a beautifully crafted rod with a great feel. It is short enough to fish out of an ice shack and has the sensitivity to detect those light bites! I really like the longer fighting butt on these rods for catching big Montana rainbows! Great rod!
We live in Antioch I’m so we fish the fox chain. Great rod for jiggin rap. Great for walleye sensitive enough for crappie and perch. Been using that rod to hole hop n it’s great. I will be buying more.
Just added the 36'' medium Haat spinning rod to my arsenal and am very impressed. First time out landed a limit of brook trout all between 3-4.8lbs and the rod handled them with ease. Can't wait to use it again and add some other Haat rods to the collection!
My Mystery Tube had exactly what I needed for where I fish in western Montana. Two 36” medium-light rods (the twins) and a 40” medium-heavy. The rods are a pleasure to use. I’m equipped for everything from panfish through Lakers and Pike. I really like the beanie too. The invoice even had a hand written thank you note on it. It’s nice to support a hard working American who appreciates your business.
Couldn't be happier with this rod love how sensitive it is for those light bites and how well it handles head shakes through the ice. First day using it and have absolutely no complaints. Keep up the Great work Mr. Haataja
Could not wait for ice on big lake,landed a few smallies a 3lb Hybrid Striper and a 10lb pure Striper drifting live bait. Handled the Striper like butter.
Didn't have to use an indicator that's an A++++ for me! Rod is super flexibleA+ And still will land big fish. Got my dad one for Christmas and me. And we both hooked up first day using them, Outstanding thanks for your hard work in your craftsmanship with your rods. I couldn't ask for better.
This rod is beautifully crafted and well-balanced. I will definitely go with another HAAT ROD on my next purchase.