Eagle Claw Trailmaster Series Pack Rod
6'6" Medium is closer to a medium light or light
The rod is way too limber. It's not quite up to the specs it's advertised at. The cork handle is very nice, and I like the reel seat, but the action just isn't there.
July 7, 2014
Awesome (pack) Rod
I go to a university with lots of good fishing opportunities around campus and wanted to take up fishing as a stress reliever. Bought the 7' spin/fly rod (5 piece rod) which breaks down into approx. 18" inside its carry bag, and is a breeze to carry on the side of my backpack. The carry bag is a bit on the tight side though and the rod's handle section feels a bit cramped in there.
Handles well as a spin rod and although it is a rated as a med-light pole it is a bit "noodley" due to the composite construction. I don't mind though, makes it a little tougher as a pack rod. I have an old Shimano Sedona 1000 on it which feels a bit big for the rod but it'll do for a cheap around-campus travel setup.
I haven't used it as a fly rod yet but the rod does seem better balanced as a fly rod.
Been about a week since I've owned it and I've fished with it daily. Was aiming for SMB but the fish have their own mind. Already I've pulled in a 20" Northern, some medium sized SMB/LMB, Rock bass, some small cats and a whopper 32" 17lb3oz cat! Awesome good fight with such light tackle. The rod was bent over like crazy, especially when the cat made a run underneath the docks I was standing on, but the rod won out at the end. I am IMPRESSED. Not a super sensitive pole by any means, especially when compared to my high end Shimano poles at home, but it is still good enough to feel some of those light strikes on the drop when jigging. IMO, a lot of that sensitivity has to do with line choice as well though and I am only using mono. This is not built to handle braid.
I have only two complaints with the rod: 1) the tip top is not a closed loop and has no eyelet (looks like a simple wire is pressed into the shape of a circle and the ends of the wire also serve as the guide leg/foot) so the line will sometimes get pinched and 2) the front of the reel seat (in spin mode) is just a circular cover with two locking clamps. The back of the reel seat is cut into the cork with a brass lining. Would've been nicer if they were molded to accept the curvature of a reel's foot like the vintage Wright and Mcgill Trailmaster.
Overall, as a travel rod and just as a general fishing rod, I love it. I can assemble and be fishing in under 10 minutes. Its proven to be able to handle the big fish and has enough sensitivity for those light hits as well. Having the ability to switch back and forth between a fly rod and spin rod is a cool bonus feature that I intend to take advantage of. For the price, performance, packability and LIFETIME warranty, this is a hard value to beat.
September 19, 2013
Eagle Claw® Trailmaster Series Pack Rods
It was nice to find a short Pack fishing pole. My 6yr old Grandson wanted a pole that came in 4 pieces not collapseable, because if it jammed it was no good. So I was looking for one that wasn't too long.
Thanks for having one! He was thrilled.
He will know what kind of bate he needs!!
January 2, 2013