|A lake brown caught on glass|
This year saw a major shift in the manner and rods that I fish. After a few years of being in love with my Redington Classic Trout 3 weight I've finally fallen out of love. It has a nice forgiving cast. . .
BUT- it is inaccurate as hell. It drives me crazy. I'm always ending up with casts 3 feet on either side of my target. It will cast consistently 3 feet to the right of the target, but when you overcompensate your cast it then casts three feet to the left. There is no middle ground. I'm ready to stomp it into the ground. Or sell it on Craigslist as the best rod ever.
I quit fishing an 8 weight for the Hex hatch this season. I just wanted a more delicate presentation- less line noise on the water as I lay out my casts. I mostly used my TFO Lefty Kreh Pro 5 weight. It did a fantastic job, and I caught more fish over 20 inches this year than the rest of my fishing career combined.
But for daytime fishing, some Hex fishing, hopper fishing and all my brook trout outings I had one go-to rod- my Eagle Claw 5/6 weight glass rod. I bought it for $24 a couple of years ago.
Sure it has a crappy reel seat, but who cares? It is a nice short rod with perfect action, and surprisingly accurate. It rode around in the back seat of my car FOR THE ENTIRE WINTER last year and survived unscathed. If I broke it I would have replaced it for $24. I have managed to land some surprisingly big fish on it, including my biggest Michigan brook trout to date, a 17 incher that took me for a few rounds before coming to the net. The Eagle Claw performed flawlessly.
|Not my best shot, but you get the idea. The Eagle Claw strikes again|
Even with all the night fishing I did this season, I easily fished the Eagle Claw more than all my other rods this season. And contrary to the fears expressed to me by some rod builders, the Eagle Claw has only fueled my interest in buying higher end glass rods. After all, if a cheap rod like that performs that well, what will a rod built with love by a reputable builder using good blanks and ahem, a decent reel seat, fish like?
I'm eager to find out.
For a good review of the Eagle Claw Featherlight glass rods I refer you to the King of Glass himself, Mr. Cameron Mortenson. Click here.