Drift Rods: Steelhead use holding water to rest as they leave the ocean or the Great Lakes and migrate up coastal streams and inland tributaries to spawn. It’s usually where less effort is needed to rest after a long journey up river. That’s why you need a long rod to drift baits for these big, oversized, searun rainbows. The less current drag on your line, the more feel and control you will enjoy. When you need to fish a seam in the middle of the river you need accuracy. When you get the chance to fish all day long, you want a rod that’s well balanced and as light as possible. When the normal bite is so light it’s hard to tell it from the rocks, you need sensitivity and when that 20-pounder heads back toward the ocean you need plenty of power. That’s what our E6X steelhead rods are all about and they make you a better angler!!
Float Rods: Float fishing for steelhead is not only very effective technique, but it’s something even the entry-level angler can figure out quickly. It’s kind of like fishing for bluegill. You have to pay attention to the bobber and focus on maintaining a drag-free drift. Float fishing requires a long, light, responsive rod so you can manage a long drop below the float and cover as much water as you can, but it’s most beneficial when you have to set the hook with all that line out. The added benefit of the longer rod is protecting lighter line/leaders. These critters can really put up a fight so you need every advantage you can get. E6X allows us to make them light, responsive and subtly strong. It’s advantage angler when you fish this style of rod!!!
Hot Shot Rods: Hot Shot rods are designed to fish plugs down current, below a boat. They have a stiff butt-section with a light tip that allows boat anglers to “watch” the plug’s action through the tip’s wiggle. Originally designed to fish Hot Shots, where the boat actually is positioned at the head of a run, letting the current “pull” the plug down into the fish zone, the boat sweeps back and forth, across the current so the plugs cover the entire width of the run, then slips further down stream, repeating the process. When a fish hits the plug, the magnum butt-section actually sets the hook and the boat operator keeps initial tension on the fish until the angler can grab the rod from the holder. Thanks to E6X technology it recovers quickly and that can be critical when the fish goes crazy. Sound like fun? You bet! And with the advent of numerous other small steelhead plugs like the Wee Wart and Brad’s Wiggler, you’ll find it effective on even the smallest coastal streams. A great way to catch fish and a fun way to enjoy the fight no matter what size the fish! The bigger the better!!!