Needed a Salmon/Steelhead spinning rod for throwing Carolina-rigs in the So Cal surf. That’s right, SST rods make excellent light tackle surf rods! This one (model EAG86M-MFS-2) has exceeded all my wildest expectations!
While many anglers will opt for these rods in excess of 10′ in length, I chose this 8’6″ 2-piece so that it would fit into the custom rod travel tube I made (The post on this fun DIY project is coming soon). The specs on this rod are as follows:
However, the numbers only tell the beginning of the story. I’ve put this rod through it’s paces for the past 7 months and it has passed with flying colors. Built from 24-Ton graphite and adorned with upgraded stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts, the Fenwick Eagle SST can cast a 1/2 to 1 ounce C-rig a country mile. Paired with an ergonomic minimal reel seat that secures your reel without having to constantly retighten, the rod is extremely sensitive. The soft tip really allows fish to take the bait without feeling resistance, yet the rod displays the backbone for solid hook-sets and can still handle big fish flawlessly. Premium cork grips, perfect balance (I paired it with a Cadence Stout 3000 reel loaded with 10# Yo-Zuri Hybrid line), and it’s light weight (5 3/8 ounces) make for a very comfortable fishing experience. There’s a handy hook holder, too. It truly is a lot of rod for the money.
If you are looking for a SST spinning rod that fully covers all the bases, doesn’t break the bank, and can take a beating from a neanderthal like me, the Fenwick Eagle is exactly what you seek. I highly recommend it!
MSRP – Fenwick Eagle Salmon/Steelhead Spinning Rod (2020) Model EAG86M-MFS-2 $89.99 (Seen as low as $69.99)
Cave Club Rating: 5 Clubs
Cave Club Scale
5 Clubs = The Missing Link
4 Clubs = Rock Solid
3 Clubs = Better Than Sharp Stick
2 Clubs = Not Fully Evolved
1 Club = Should Be Extinct