Updated: Aug 26

The NEW Sawatch Fly Rods & Reels from Eagle Claw passed the test in Montana!

Eagle Claw / Wright & McGill has introduced a new line of fly rods and reels called Sawatch. Named after the Sawatch Mountain Range in Colorado, these rods and reels are a breath of fresh air for the Eagle Claw, Wright McGill brand. Light and perfectly balanced these rods are made to stand up to any challenge. The classic design, combined with high modulus graphite and reasonable price points, make this series of rods and reels the perfect set up for anglers of any skill level.

We fished the 9' 6wt coupled with the 5/6 reel for three days in Montana. I spooled the reel with Elite Rio Gold floating 6wt line and the entire outfit fished great in a variety conditions. I found the action to be a little fast, which I like, and it made for easy casting, even for an average fly fisherman like myself.

I get very frustrated fishing double rigs and tiny flies and tend to tangle them quit often, but I must say that the Sawatch, coupled with the Rio fly line, made my fishing game better. I casted further, with more accuracy and amazingly, I did not tangle my line near as much as usual.

On day one we fished the lower Clark Fork River and used everything from big hoppers and nymphs, to mid size stimulators and tiny parachutes. All casted great, and the reel was smooth when both pulling out line to cast, and letting big fish run.

From Big Hoppers and Nymphs to Tiny Drys, the Sawatch did great!

On day two and three we fished almost exclusively hoppers and the Sawatch performed like a pro. It even made me look good!

Hopper Brown caught on the new Sawatch from Eagle Claw

Sawatch Rods are available in 4, 5, 6 and 8WT and retail for $129

The reels are available in 3+ (WF3/4), 5+(WF5/67) and a 7+(WF7/8). The reels retail for $129

Three combos are also available: 8'6" 4wt with 3+ Reel, 9' 5wt with a 5+ Reel and a 9' 8wt with a 7+ Reel. Combos retail for $229

Here are some of the specs on what is available in the Sawatch series:

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