Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Featherlight In Exmouth Gulf

I am amazed with the abuse that the Eagle Claw Featherlight fly rods can take and these photos from Adam Maskew of the work that his 6'6" 4/5 weight are further proof of this fact.  It's also good to see that there are others willing to push the envelope on what glass can and can not do with great success.

Adam wrote...  "I thought I'd drop you another quick line on the journey and enjoyment of the Eagle Claw Featherlight 4/5 weight fly rod I got from you.  My eight  year old son Tom wanted to go on a fishing trip for the April school holidays so I organized a posse to go to a spot at the back of Exmouth Gulf for seven days of fishing.  The aim was to show the kids a good time and get them to catch lots of fish and hopefully some big ones.  It was mission accomplished as the boys caught lots of fish including Golden Trevally, Bludger Trevally, Giant Trevally, Longtail Tuna, Mackeral, Estuary Cod, Mangrove Jack, Bream, Queenies and heaps of others.

I was along as number one guide and deckie with the intention of just watching my sons skills improve and enjoy the captures.  Well, I also got to have a cast of the wand, as did my son.  He caught some fish including several on a fly he tied while we were on site.

I found my hand skipping the big guns and picking up the fibreglass by choice more often than not.  The first afternoon we fished some big bust ups and the Featherlight accounted for some good Golden Trevally and Queenfish.  My only concern is that the hero measure at eighteen inches (45cm) was a tad small as I got several Queenfish in the 80-100cm mark and some Golden Trevally that were slightly smaller.

For the rest of the trip it tackled more appropriately sized fish such as cod, bream and mangrove jacks.  The rod has been a great fun stick and I've racked up an impressive tally of species and will be using it to target some Barramundi later in the year.

Not quite what the rod was designed for but it performed great!"

Damn, that looks like fun.  GLASS IS NOT DEAD.

1 comment:

The Sasquatch said...

You have got to be shittin' me! A 10" brookie puts a bend in that rod that shakes me to the shoulder. This is unreal!!!!