Eagle Claw Featherlight Kokanee/Casting rods are here!

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Re: Eagle Claw Featherlight Kokanee/Casting rods are here!

Post by Sideburns » Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:17 pm

Although I know better, I had straight 20 lb powerpro braid or 6 lb suffix nanobraid on all of my rods while loosing fish after fish.... slow rods and no stretch line and psychotic fish....... im a little embarrassed it took me as long as it did to pull my head out of my_______. I dont care for mono in general and im thankful the rod change was enough to get fish in the boat. Bite detection was difficult enough being a first time kokanee jigger, even with straight braid. If I didnt blame my gear, I'd hate to think of the alternative!
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Re: Eagle Claw Featherlight Kokanee/Casting rods are here!

Post by clarkbre » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:31 am

Thanks for the feedback to my post a few days ago. I ended up straying away from the Eagle Claw rods.

After doing much shopping and research at Sportsman's Warehouse, Ted's in Lynnwood and John's in Everett, I pulled the trigger on a pair of Abu Garcia Black Max reels mounted to Daiwa Spinmatic 7'6" Kokanee rods. Although the reels don't have the line counter, I felt they were much smoother and less bulky (thinking of my kids' hands). The rods were $40 as opposed to $25 but seemed a bit better quality and will be happy with them for years to come.

Now it's time to catch some Kokes!

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Re: Eagle Claw Featherlight Kokanee/Casting rods are here!

Post by Sideburns » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:06 pm

Those spinmatics are kinda fragile, (broken tips) but are great kokanee catchers. My first kokanee specific rod was a spinmatic, and my catch ratio skyrocketed. After giving up on baitcasting (again), I retired a black max to trolling..... works great! Faster retrieve speed and better drag than the okuma, but doesnt fit in my rod holders very well. Overall great combined choice though!
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Re: Eagle Claw Featherlight Kokanee/Casting rods are here!

Post by clarkbre » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:40 pm

Sideburns wrote:........ but doesnt fit in my rod holders very well. Overall great combined choice though!
I noticed that too. They actually really suck for fitting the Scotty baitcaster/spinning rod holders. I ended up modifying (notching) two of my holders for the Black Max's. They now fit like a glove. Just gotta find some time to get on the lake!

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