Carp Rod for Steelhead

by Eric Shiflett
(Cleveland, Ohio)

I wanted to try something different. When I visit family in Ohio during the cold months, there are only a few options for productive fishing. Muskie, Steelhead, and one trout river. I took my new Red Dragon carp rod out for a spin. The water was slightly high, but dirty, so my options were swing streamers, or drift bright eggs. I went with the latter for simplicity.

The first couple of hookups were heart dropping. The sheer power of these fish is amazing. Finally got the chance to land one, and disaster struck. As I was holding the line, the level line to tippet knot let loose! So, I got watch a 25-26in (approx.) steelhead swim away from my feet. That being said, the rod handled the fish quite well. I never felt under powered at any time. I had my camera with me, so I did get a few shots of the adventure.

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