I picked up two Hydra blanks to play with recently. One MB843, your standard "all around" bassin rod. 7' MH. And one 7'11" 1-6oz swimbait stick. I had to try them out, a blank that's made in the US using all carbon design, no fiberglass scrim. The best and most sensitive rods made today are all carbon designs. I figured I'd also try out some of those snazzy Tour Star grips, they are EVA foam with Winn golf grip material for the handle. For those who like to know prices. The blank runs near a bill and the grips were $25 a set. Fuji micro's and a K series tangle free stripper guide run near $25-$30 for the setup I used. Roughly $5 for the seat and I think the hook keeper was near $2 or something like that.
Here's the best info I have on the Hydra blanks, contact Alex and he will be more than happy to assist. http://www.alxrods.com/
I got the grips on it months ago and had not really made progress on it due to other life events.....anyway, I knew one way or another I would be fishing this past weekend and since the guides were already taped on and statically spaced, lets get it wrapped. I for some reason normally don't put any color or complexity into my wraps, I just get to the point where I want to fish it and it gets wrapped with a quickness and a solid color. This rod got some color and I was stoked with how it came out. This is the reason the microwave casting guide challenge rods are not done yet, I will put color on them and matching crosswraps. I got this one done Friday morning so that I could fish it Saturday morning.
And I managed to break it on Saturday.....I wasn't paying attention after setting the rod down(to net a fish), it slide under the cleat and I picked it up without paying attention, and I was a sad Koldkut.....