As you travel north through steelhead country, rod lengths gradually increase (by the time you get to Canada, you’re up to 12 feet or more), but when you look at the techniques involved it is easy to see why. Float fishing requires long rods to handle the floats and long leaders, while the smaller, brushy rivers of Northern California require shorter, lighter rods for success. By the time you get to the Cowlitz River in west central Washington - just up the road from Edge - you’ve hit 9-foot country, and that is where this rod shines. It handles the long leaders and light leads required for the low, clear water of summer, and the heavier gear necessary to fish the high, emerald-green water of December. The graphite is IM, because sensitivity is the name of the game and overall weight is an important factor, especially in a longer rod.
Here’s a really nice small-river trout and grayling rod. Ideal for 6-pound test, the FWR 702’s 7-foot length affords longer casts, making fishing from shore a pleasure. It has sufficient backbone to handle bonefish and works well for shad, as long as you don’t need a lot of weight. Spinner anglers will appreciate the light tip and fast action for fishing small to medium-size blades.
length: 7’10” line: 8-17lb lure: 1/2-1 1/2oz pieces: 1 type: action: Slow power: Med Heavy add’l info: When you have to resort to those big, deep-diving crankbaits to dredge up a bass or two, this is the rod you will want. It is extremely light, and sensitive enough that you can feel a big bass [...]