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Old 03-22-2009, 03:17 PM
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at the flea market today i found a good condition

Eagle Claw "Black Eagle" III
No. BE300 - 8 1/2 ft. Fly Rod
by Wright & McGill Co.
Line Size 8

the guy offered it to me for twenty bucks, so i got the thing! i want to know if this is a saltwater worthy pole? if not it'll do me fine for bass!

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:07 PM
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Why not? maybe its a superb rod, is it fast, moderate? If not and the first big fish explodes the thing, you only loose 20 dollars
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No to soft for salt, was an ok bass rod in its day, but I wouldnt use it in the salt. its a antique now.
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I dont know the rod but I will offer this.When I first started to fish the salt,I didnt ask opinions,just used whatever gear I had.If it wasnt up to the task,the fish told me.I would use the rod for what you want and if it doesnt do the job,the fish will tell you.
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........ its a antique now.
I don't think so..... they're still on the market.
They only go for about 25 bucks, so you didn't get that good of a deal.
Probably a better bass than a SW rod though.
Still... you're not out much if you wreck it
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Use it, "saltwater" fly rods are more marketing hype than anything else. My only recomdation is that you remove the reel when you rinse the rod off so saltwater doesn't remain trapped in the reel seat. Other than less corrosive reel seats I don't see a difference between my 8WT and my "saltwater" 8WT
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thanks all, it'll probably be just a bass rod, my dad doesn't fish so i guess i'll have to weight for an ivitation from a friend to be able to use it at the coast, i was just wondering to see if a 100+ rod was nessesary, but i'll risk this one!
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