I have been using the range of 1DFR fishing rods exclusively since they were released into the Australian market towards the end of 2018. These fishing rods released by Savage Gear is part of their Salt series of products and would fit within the mid-market sector and cover a whole range of fishing needs. This may include the offshore rods for targeting snapper and gummy sharks, the shorespin for targeting pelagic species in the surf such as salmon or inshore for targeting smaller estuary species. I have probably used these range of fishing rods more than anyone in Australia and can say they look great, handle well and are sold for an affordable price point. These lightweight rods specifically designed for fishing with lures and soft plastics.
You can see them first hand in action on the following videos
- An insane Salmon bust-up with the 1DFR
- 20 Squid in 30 minutes using 1DFR inshore rods
- Snapper and salmon action with the 1DFR rods
- Fishing the 1DFR on an inflatable pool tube in the bay
- Roadtesting black curl tail soft plastics with 1DFR rods
1DFR stands for One Directional Fibre Reinforcement. This is a type of technology that allows the rod to be strong whilst very thin and sensitive. A unique manufacturing process binding the outer fibres allowing the tip to be stronger and thinner. Its been reported up to 4 times stronger than a standard blank. Despite the technology advancements these rods simply look great with a stylish white polish, Eva handles. They also come with One Sin Salt guides which means less friction, longer casts and less wear and tear over time. With perfectly balanced blanks the 1DFR range ensures greater rod and tip power and longer casting distances.
The 1DFR stylish look
The 1DFR series rods have a really stylish look that makes them stand out from the crowd. The white and blue finish paired with an alien reel seat, CCS salt guides and eva handes looks great without compromising on any components. This is a really big step up from Savage Gear who historically have had some very exuberant and flashy lure designs but perhaps lacked some colour and flash on thier other rod series in the past.
The 1DFR range – Size and lengths
The 1DFR salt range is quite comprehensive. They come in many sizes and weights that cover most lure fishing requirements in Australia. These areas have been categorised as inshore, offshore and shorespin. The inshore spin series for lighter fishing targeting species such as pinkies, whiting, flathead. The offshore spin series for targeting bigger species of fish such as Snapper and Gummy sharks. And shorespin spin series providing long casting distance for species such as Salmon, Mulloway, Tailor and squid.
Inshore – 6 foot – 6 -10 kilo
Inshore – 6 foot 6 inch – 3 -5 kilo
Offshore – 6 foot 6 inch – 15 – 24 kilo
Inshore – 7 foot 2 inch – 1- 4 kilo
Offshore – 7 foot 6 inch – 5 – 8 kilo
Shorespin – 9 foot – 6 – 10 kilo
Shorespin – 12 foot – 6 – 10 kilo
They also have 1DFR bait caster known as the browser
There is also the 1DFR browser bait casters which are an ideal choice for targeting Barramundi, Cod, and yellow belly.
Browser – 6 foot – 6 -10 kilo
Browser – 6 foot 6 inch – 4 -7 kilo
My experiences with the 1DFR inshore rods
For some reason, I tend to start at the lightest end of the scale then move my way up to heavier outfits. Therefore I started using the ultralight inshore 1-4 kilo rod paired with a stealth 2000 reel spooled with 4 pound braid to target estuary species such as bream, estuary perch, and flathead. I frequently found myself at Albert Park Lake and the Werribee river targeting estuary perch on small paddle tail and curl tail soft plastics, pencil minnows and small surface poppers. This was so much fun on gear this light and sensitive. Using this same outfit around the Maribyrnong river targeting bream using fathead cranks and soft plastics. I really enjoyed the flexibility in the rod and great casting distance that allowed me to catch a few bream and estuary perch over 40cm with ease.
I then moved into the slightly heavier 3-5 kilo inshore rod paired with a 2000 stealth and 9.3 adrenaline braid. These immediately became the default outfit that I would use in my small runabout boat. I have had some amazing sessions around Port Phillip Bay on flathead, snapper, salmon and squid. The rod bend is quite amazing it really allows you to enjoy the battle with a fish that’s only 40 to 60 cm. I have thoroughly enjoyed fishing with this size, the 3-5 kilo model is very versatile and feels much lighter. In fact, it feels a lot more like my 2-4 kilo rods yet has that increased power to battle bigger fish. Light but confident that you’re not going to be dusted off. Have a good look in the video links above to see exactly what I mean.
My experiences with the 1DFR offshore and shorespin rods
I then got my hands stuck on the offshore rods. the 5-8 kilo rod which I used to target snapper and Gummy sharks in Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. The rod was paired with a 4000 stealth spooled with 16 pound adrenaline braid and a 6000 size stealth reel spooled with 22 pound braid. I had great success catching snapper up to 8 kilos and a couple of gummy sharks over a meter in size. The rod handled really well and with the extended handles fir in the rod holders nicely.
Now that winter is here I have recently started to use the 9 foot 6-10 kilo shorespin rod for salmon in the surf around areas such as Torquay and Gunamatta surf beach. I had mainly been casting metal sea lures of 28mm, 42mm and 62mm with no issues at all. Paired with a steal 3000 and 12 pound adrenaline braid I have been able to cast these things a mile and have really enjoyed the battled with big sambos.
Where to buy your 1DFR rods
In Australia, the range of Savage Gear 1DFR rods are sold exclusively through BCF. These can be seen online here. At a price point of $169 these are a great option. Don’t forget to keep your eye open for sales which happen frequently through BCF to snap up a bargain.
A final word from the author
I know have many 1DFR rods in my collection and have really enjoyed using them. They look great, work really well in many different scenarios and are well priced. If you’re interested in one then make sure you check out the videos above which highlights them in action. If you have any further notes, suggestions or corrections then please don’t hesitate to contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org Likewise if you have any images of videos of this product that you would like to share with us or have added to the review.