The Eagle Claw Featherlight fly rods arrived late last week, and because 27 years in marketing have made me cynical and bitter, I’m surprised to note they’re… breathtaking.
After all, you can spend $2k-$4K for an exquisite Raine or Reams hollowbuilt bamboo fly rod, but neither of those esteemed gougers rodmakers include gold thread accent wraps, an 18″ ruler built into the rod, and snappy gold guides — the kind of bling needed to win on today’s competitive, highly extreme rivers and streams.
Hang your heads in shame, bamboo fly rod builders.
As for the landmark moment when I presented the blingy Featherlights to the M&Ms, well, it went as expected (ED: today we’re introducing “M&Ms” — a new nickname referring to both my daughters, acknowledging the fact they often operate as a single destructive unit).
I handed them each the blinged-out, bright-yellow fly rod, carefully explained the fly rod’s use, how you cast the rod, fly fishing’s long and distinguished history, and how much joy fly fishing will bring to their lives.
They listened carefully, then — waving the rods hesitantly at first but with growing confidence — tried to put each other’s eyes out.
In other words, pretty much as expected. More as it happens.
See you in the ER, Tom Chandler.