Do you prefer spinning gear over conventional gear and want to try speed-jigging? Shimano made the Trevala Spinning Rods just for you. Can a spinning setup really produce the same motion and action that conventional gear does? After all, the Butterfly system was designed for use with conventional rigs, not spinning tackle. To find out, FishingGearGuru did a Shimano Trevala Jigging Rod Review on the Trevala TVS66MH, a 6’6” long moderate fast-action rod intended for spinning speed-jiggers.
Shimano Trevala Jigging Rod Features
First off, we noted that the TVS66MH has the same basic characteristics as a Trevala conventional rod: it’s very light but seems incredibly strong and has no problem horsing around 30 pound fish; Fuji aluminum oxide guides, which can handle braid; and the tip has a moderate fast recovery which helps impart motion to jigs as you’re reeling. A big reason for the similar feel is the similar construction—like other Trevalas, the spinning versions are manufactured with the TC4 construction technique, fusing a high-carbon butt with a TC4 tip. As a result you get the action up top, and the pulling power down at the rear end of the rod.
But, in practical application does this have the same effect as conventional Butterfly jigging? Mostly, but not 100-percent. We felt a little more action needed to be imparted into the rod in order to get the jig darting like it should. Call it about 20-percent more lift, as you crank. No big deal—we’re certainly used to moving the rod to get a lure active, and this need may actually be more a function of the reel then the rod itself—but you’ll want to bear it in mind when using the Trevala spinning version for speed-jigging.
- Length: 6’6″
- 1 piece spinning rod
- Power: Medium Heavy
- Action: Moderate Fast
- Mono Line: N/A
- Braid Line: 50-100 Lbs.
- Lure Rating: 3.8-8.5 oz.
- Rear Grip: 12″
- tip + 7 Fuji Guides
- TC4 blank Construction
- EVA foam grip
Shimano Trevala Jigging Rod Pros & Cons
- Light Weight
- Incredibly strong for fish up to 40 Lbs
- Increased sensitivity while speed jigging
- Capable of handling jigs larger than 8.5 oz (not recommended)
- Good butt length for added support while jigging
- Need 20% more action when jigging to get darting affect
The butt has plenty of length to add support while jigging, and we felt this rig balanced out excellently with a Shimano Saragosa Reel. Even though the TVS66MH is rated for jigs up to about eight and a half ounces, we tried using some almost twice that size and found the rod perfectly capable (though the tip remains loaded at pretty much all times.) Rigged up with 60-pound line (it’s rated for 50 to 100-pound braid,) you’ll be able to use this rig to go for just about any inshore gamefish and pelagics like tunas or mahi up into the 40 pound class or so. Speed jigs on the spin? You betcha.