Me and my Bro Bill put them to the test at Castaic Lake, California. The purpose of this test was to see how the two makers of surface Iron Jigsticks compare when it comes down to distance and ease of casting. Everybody knows of the old faithfull Calstar sticks and more recently the increasing popularity of United Composites. My Buddy Bill and I both have fished Calstar forever, but were recently introduced to the UC Jigsticks. And what an impression they made on us. So we decided to do a side by side comparison of the jig sticks that we collectively own. These are our findings. First in the line up were: Calstar - 100 Mag, GF100J, Glass 100J, 90J Mag, and 6485L, Versus: Uniited Composites - CE1000 Del Mar, CE1000 Wahoo, US100 Monster, and US 90 Monster. Jigs used - Salas 7X, Salas JPOT, Tady 45, and Tady C. Reels used - Saltiga 40's, Trinidad 16A, Andros 5a, and Metaloid 5. All loaded with Braid/short topshots. We tried all sorts of combinations of the above mention rods and reels to get an idea of the RODS. (i.e) same rods/different reels & same reels/different rods. With that being said we understand that there is a million variables that can effect this or that but we are not Critics nor is this a critic review so please dont ask a bunch of critic questions. We are just two Bros that love throwing the Surface Iron and figured this would be alot better way to spend a Sunday since the coast was too windy to get on a sportboat. And hopefully this will help some of our fellow or future jig slingers. What we found is that in every Rod Reel Combination for throwing the 7X the UC's, CE1000 Del Mar, CE1000 Wahoo, and US 90 Monster all cast further than the Calstar's 100 Mag, GF100J, and 90J Mag. Increased distance was between 10-20 yards, but most impressively was that it was done with about 1/3 less effort in the cast. Throwing the Tady 45 with UC's US100 Monster, and US90 Monster vs. the Calstar Glass 100J, and 6485L, the same results were found. Increased distance and alot less effort to get it there. In this comparison however, what really stood out was the ability to throw both the 7X and the 45 by the US90 Monster. As my Buddy Bill put it, "if you have to have just one jigstick to throw both 7X's and 45's, this is it". Finally, JPOT and Tady C. The US100 Monster really stands alone in this catagory of jigs. As much as I love my 6485L it cannot compare to the distance you get out of the US100 Monster. (Yes I am aware of the difference in length). Once again, I am impressed in the ability of the US100 Monster to throw two different size jigs, in this case both 45 and C. Overall, we found the results to be similar in all the Rods we compared. Increased distance with less effort using the United Composites. And I dont mean subtle difference either. Not sure what this can be credited to, Im sure UC staff can answer that one for you if you want to know. But the UC Rods are alot lighter, have thinner diameters, seem to catch less wind resistance (if you will), and seems to whip around alot faster and with less effort. They do load alot different than a Calstar. The only way I can describe it, it is that they load up like glass but recoil more like Graphite. Resulting in a faster action that really launches the iron. Sure these rods take a little getting used to, but well worth the learning curve if you ask me. As we all know Jig sticks come down to personal preference and my report is based on me and Bills style and likes in rods/actions. I am sure that opinions will vary and someone out there can put together different match ups, but as stated above we only compared what we own. We do not work at, or for, any tacke shop or rod manufacture so its impossible to compare everything that is out there. We only compared what we have based on years (decades) of fishing and recently a strong liking to UC jig stiks.