In 2005, I wrote this article documenting the problems that
I experienced with the Fig Rig rod that I used. In 2006, message boards
have had entries from folks who have experienced similar problems. According to
some of the chat, Fig Rig had a bad run of blanks that caused the
problem...something that Fig Rig contends has been resolved. I would submit that it is not enough
for a manufacturer to say that it has fixed the problem; confidence in a product can only be
restored if, along with the cause, the manufacturer defines what
action' has been instituted to purge defective items in stock and ensure
that safe guards have been put in place to prevent the problem from
happening again. In addition, I have gotten first hand reports from Fig Rig
users that they have had to re-attach their rod tip guide because it came
loose during normal use...this would appear to indicate that Fig Rig has a larger
problem than faulty blanks from their supplier. You will have to make up
your own mind as to whether you want to trust your time on the water to a
rod that has demonstrated a propensity to fail under the stress of Musky
On 3/26/07 Musky America received a request via an Email from a person
representing himself as Kevin Figgins requesting that we remove this
article. Mr. Figgins was informed that the article was a factual account of
problems encountered using the Fig Rig Rod. Musky America offered Mr.
Figgins the opportunity to submit a rebuttal to this article...To date we
have received no additional input from Mr. Figgins.
We have received another failure report from a person who
indicated that he went through 4 of the 8 foot Fig Rig rods during the 2006
season. He indicated that when he contacted Fig Rig, he got the standard
answer that they had a run of bad blanks and that the problem has been
fixed...The person reporting the problem indicated that he went to using
rods from different manufacturers.
A rose by any other name is still the same flower...so it is with rod
manufacturers. Fig Rig is not in business under that name but they are still
making rods. As you search for a Musky rod for next season, you might want
to consider asking the rod outlet or manufacturer where the rod blank was
made. Blanks from China do not have the same quality control over materials
and processes as rod blanks from other countries.
September of 2005, I participated in the Lake Chippewa Flowage Muskie
Tournament. The whole experience was a great one and the event was very well
I was fortunate to have won a Fig Rig 7’ medium rod as a door prize. Since
all of my custom made rods are 6˝’, I was anxious to see how this 7’ rod would
perform for me on the water.
soon as I got back to my trailer at Indian Trail Resort, I set up the rod with
an Abu Garcia 5500 loaded with TUF line. I planned to use the rod as a
Bucktail rod when I went to Phillips, WI to fish with my good friend Rob Meusec.
next day, I was on the water casting a 1˝ ounce Bucktail toward the deep edge
of a weed line. As I was retrieving the Bucktail, a fish hit about 20 feet
from the boat. I set the hook and much to my chagrin, the Fig Rig Rod that I
had won and had high hope for, broke in the thick portion of the rod shaft.
Well, I lost the fish as well as the use of the rod…I was not a happy camper.
When I got back to Indian Trail Resort, I was in the bar relating the sad
story when another person at the bar piped up and said that he had a couple of
friends who had also had their Fig Rig rods break on them.
I thought that this was something that the folks at Fig Rig should know
about. I packed up the remnants of the rod and sent it to Fig Rig at my own
expense, along with a note explaining the circumstance surrounding the failure
of the Fig Rig rod…I did not ask them to replace the rod but I did encourage
them to reassess their quality control and application engineering.
In early October, I received a new rod in the mail, along with an invoice
of $25.00 for the shipping charges. They did not credit the $6.50
that it cost me to send the broken Fig Rig rod to them and provided no note
expressing a concern that their Fig Rig rod had failed during the most
elementary aspect of the Muskie experience…the setting of the hook.
I am sure that there are folks out there who have used these rods without
having them break into pieces. Would I use this rod again?…in a word
"NO". Like all of you, I spend a lot of
time on and off the water working hard to locate and catch our Muskie friend.
I am not about to take a chance that this same circumstance will happen again.
As a final observation, the Fig Rig rod had a Muskies, Inc. decal on it
providing the perception that the rod is in some way endorsed by Muskies, Inc.
If that is the case, I would encourage Muskies, Inc. to reassess its
endorsement of the Fig Rig rod. If it is not the case, I would encourage
Muskies, Inc. to petition Fig Rig to remove the Muskies, Inc. decal from their
rod until such time that Fig Rig provides "cause and corrective action"
regarding the failure of their medium 7’ Muskie rod.