There are some nice, high end rods on the market, but driving costs keep many anglers from being able to invest in such items. Enter the Fish Eagle II.
I do a great deal of salmon and steelhead fishing throughout the West, and in the rugged day-to-day rigors I put the rods through, I want something that works. I need rods that I don't have to worry about babying along for fear of costly replacements should they break. I'm happy to say, never have I broken or damaged any of my Fish Eagle II rods.
Not only are the Fish Eagle II rods sturdy, but also they have the perfect qualities, which will allow you to catch more fish. Their high quality IM6 blanks and precision craftsmanship go to create sensitive actions that allow you to feel all of what's going on in the drift. Being able to feel every rock and each eddy the terminal gear is carried into and most importantly, each strike, is what ultimately makes these rods so effective.
The high grade of cork used in the handles, along with the Fuji aluminum-oxide guides, combine to further accentuate the sensitivity and effectiveness of these rods. Salmon and steelhead are big, aggressive fish that require a sensitive rod with plenty of backbone to handle the fish once hooked, and the lighter weight they can be, the better. For these purposes, the Fish Eagle IIs are a good, affordable choice.
For float and jig fishing steelhead, the 10-foot, two-piece steelhead spinning rods are tough to beat. Geared for fishing line weights ranging from 8-15 pound test, and a lure weight of 3/8-1 ounce, these are the ideal jig fishing rod. Their lightweight construction allows for easy casting, and their long length and sensitive tips make mending easy. The 11-foot 6-inch long model is also a good jig fishing rod. You can't go wrong with either one of these jig rods.
When casting for steelhead, a lightweight rod with a medium to heavy power rating is a good, all-around choice. This ensures that casts can be made all day without fatigue, yet offers the durability needed to land tenacious fish. For this I like the 8-foot 6-inch casting rod with a line rating of 8-17 pound test. Capable of handling 1/2-1 1/2 ounces of lead, these rods allow you to fish any and every type of steelhead water imaginable, from deep holes to fast moving riffles. These casting rods also work well on all five species of Pacific salmon, including Chinook into the 20-pound class.
For salmon spinning rods, a 9-foot rod with a line rating of 10-20 pounds and a lure weight of 1/2- 2 ounces works well. This combination allows backbouncing, drift fishing and even backtrolling plugs to effectively be carried out in a wide array of water types. Whether these rods are fished with bank sinkers, cannon balls or other styles of choice, they all fish well with these rods. This allows you to feel the bottom and keep the terminal gear where the salmon are, down low. These rods work well on all salmon species, including Chinook up to 30 pounds.
I'm a big fan of multiple rod setups, that is, having several rods rigged and ready to fish. I'll often have a half-dozen or more rods per angler, in the boat, ready to fish a wide range of techniques. This allows me to maximize my time on the water, whereby boosting my catch rates. The Fish Eagle II series of rods have the quality I desire at affordable rates, allowing me to amass a collection without breaking the bank.
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