Eagle Claw Featherlight 3/4 Line Weight Fly Rod, 2 Piece (Yellow, 6-Feet 6-Inch), 4/5 weight
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Eagle Claw, the brand that started it all, remains the staple of today's value conscious fisherman. Eagle Claw hooks are the only hooks Made in the USA and are built with integrity, honesty and 85+ years of hook making experience and heritage. The Eagle Claw brand remains the face of the company, and one of the most widely recognized brands in all of fishing. Eagle Claw offers consumers an extremely price competitive product without compromising quality or attention to detail. Spanning both fresh and saltwater fishing, Eagle Claw provides anglers with numerous choices of hooks and terminal tackle for a whole array of species.
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Now to the action! I love the action of this rod. It is easy as hell to cast with the correct line setup. I use it for streams that only require a 15 - 20ft cast at most. Isn't a slow action caster like some of the old school glass rods, which is about right given it's size. This is similar in action to one of my 7.5ft graphite Cortland rods.
The eyelets seem durable. The cork is absolutely excellent given the low price point. The reel seat is also constructed very well. The seat screw is machined aluminum, not plastic. Very impressed with the construction. Also, the rod insert at the joint has a rubber bushing to keep both rod sections firmly secured. Several of my more expensive 2 piece rods don't have this feature.
Eagle Claw really hit their mark when they designed and implemented this fishing rod. For how inexpensive they are, it should already be in your shopping cart! Happy fishing.
WHAT I LIKE
Didn’t think I’d like the color but I sort of do. It’s a subtle, almost chalky yellow – – not obnoxious or glossy. The brushed gold accents are a nice touch. Feels pretty good in the hand and has a funky, old-school profile. The ruler running down the blank is genius; not sure why higher end brands don’t incorporate this feature on their rods.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE
All of the nostalgia permeating these reviews is misplaced. Yes, Eagle Claw used to be an American company but this stick was made by a guy whose name you can’t pronounce in a communist sweatshop on the other side of the world. It’s about as American as tofu. As for size, I agree with folks above who say it feels more like a 5 wt – not exactly consistent with my goal of adding an ultralight outfit to my quiver. As for the action – – which is all that matters – – there’s a reason why fly rods tend to be long: because more length creates more whip which creates more punch to drive lines. Yes, this little stick does have an action vaguely similar to old fiberglass rods, but it lacks the punch to push lines any appreciable distance. If you’re OK with using it for short, accurate casts, then it’ll do the trick. But don’t try to place a streamer against a far bank while dealing with wind. Not going to happen. The rod does respond if you give it time to load, but the action is fairly dull. Then again, I only tried a 4 wt weight line – – maybe a 5 wt would bring it to life. Oh, and I dislike the fact that it only breaks down into two pieces which renders it pretty useless as a hiking rod.
To do a fair comparison, I strung up my trusty old 7 foot, 4 wt TFO with the same 4 wt fly line used in testing the Eagle Claw rod. No comparison. The faster action TFO shoots the line with far more authority and accuracy. So it’s said, I am primarily a saltwater guy who casts aggressively with more modern graphite rods so a short, spongy, slow rod meant for small fish takes some getting used to.
Am I disappointed? Naw. I was realistic about what I would receive given the price point. It’s an interesting little backup rod that will be fun to use in situations where short little casts are the order of the day. I’m headed up to fish some Carolina rivers and streams in a couple of weeks and I’m actually excited about hooking trout and smallmouth on it since the bouncy action will probably make each battle an epic hoot.
I have cast with a 3WF, 4WF, 4DT and a 5WF and I can cast 45' with accuracy, which is plenty for where this 6'6" rod will be used. It is faster than a Cabela's CGR 4WT, definitely on the faster side of the fiberglass spectrum. This is a very good fly fishing bargain. There is a lot of gear snobbery in fly fishing, which is funny - people may dismiss this rod as cheap junk - but that is their loss. Take the chance and get one and check out The Fiberglass Manifesto web sites review of this rod.
I am going to to get the 8' 5/6 to use with 6WT and 7WT for larger rivers and stillwater bass fishing.
EDIT: added a few photos. This is a fun rod that now is kept in the trunk of the car along with a cheap Martin Model 60 'tuna can' reel so it is available if a pond or small stream calls out to me. I think it is great with a 4wt DT line and it is best used for small streams/brooks or hunting bluegill or crappie.
The fiberglass action feels great. I have used it to catch springtime bass with topwater poppers, trout in New Mexico Mountains, trout in Oklahomas Lower Illinois River, and caught up to 5 lb catfish with bread cube flies in community lakes.
Like others here, I used 5wt weight forward floating line instead of 3/4 wt. the 3/4 wt White River Fly Shop Dogwood reel is a perfect match for this rod.
Just be sure the second piece is inserted snug before you start fishing, otherwise it may go flying out during casting.
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