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The Shimano Clarus Centerpin Rods feature specially designed IM-8 Carbon blanks perfect for traditional centerpin style fishing. These rods double as great float rods when you get into that situation. Clarus Centerpin Rods also feature Grade A cork handles, Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides and Pac Bay sliding rings.

The Shimano Clarus Centerpin Rods have the following features:

  • Premium, IM-8 Carbon graphite blanks
  • 4-piece construction for easy storage and travel
  • Specialized, centerpin/float design
  • Fuji Aluminum Oxide Guide System with black frames
  • Grade A cork handle with Pac Bay sliding rings
  • Metallic charcoal blank finish
  • Hook keeper
  • One-year limited manufacturer's warranty

The 4-piece design of the Shimano Clarus Centerpin Rods makes travel and storage a breeze, something our centerpin customers have been asking about for years. 




ModelLengthPiecesGuidesPowerActionLine Wt.
Lure Wt.
CSS113ML4B11' 3"49+TipMed. LightMod.6-101/8-1/2A20
CSS130ML4B13' 0"410+TipMed. LightMod.8-121/8-3/4A20


Handle Styles
AShimano Clarus Center Pin Rods Handle A


Review Summary
(12 Reviews)
of customers would recommend this product.100%
Reviewer Profile:  
Well Made (3)
Light and balanced (3)
Travel size (2)
Casts good (2)
Light Weight (2)
none at this time (2)
Heavy (2)
Best Uses
Centerpinning (5)

Customer Reviews
best rod under $400
Pros: Light Weight, good action, Casts well
Best Uses: river
Comments: Ive only hooked two steelhead on mine so far and I love it. I have the 11'3 but soon I will buy the 13 ft also. I can't complain about anything with this rod so far.
Boise, Idaho
My new go to rod
Comments: The control, sensitivity and strength of this rod are top notch. I use the 13ft model float fishing for steelhead and could not be happier. Handles the biggest fish on as light as 4lb leader.
Oswego, NY
Avid Angler
 Good Float Rod
Pros: Light and balanced
Cons: no alignment marks on pieces
Comments: This is my first float fishing rod, and i did my research before deciding on this one. After reading reviews on this site and others, and looking at rods similar in price points, the Shimano Clarus seemed like a winner and I have not been disappointed. I have fought salmon and trout/steelhead with this during the past fall and current spring fishing seasons. Rod has good action, although it may be a bit softer than some float rods like my buddy's okuma, but I like that in a rod. The sliding rings make it easy to position the reel where it balances well on the rod and feels comfortable to operate. I paired this with the Okuma Raw II center pin reel and it seems like a winning combo.
Big Al,
Shimano clarus 11"3" centerpin float rod.
Pros: Casts good, Light and balanced, Travel size, Great value
Cons: none at this time
Best Uses: float fishing, Centerpinning
Comments: Hi, my name is allan punton, i live in Scotland, u,k, i bought the 11"3" clarus centerpin rod for mainly float fishing on still waters, for roach, perch, bream, tench, and chub, the rod feels light and well ballanced, due to having sliding reel seat rings, it has a nice soft action, so it does not pull out of small fish, but can cope well with larger fish, just let the rod do it,s job, the softer tip will take out the fight of bigger fighting fish, It has a good looking livery, not too bold, I have to admit i am surprised to see graphite made rods still for sale in north America, over here in the u.k. we have not seen them for a number of years, all the rods over here are high modular carbon, and all have a fixed reel seat, no sliding rings, Anyway to sum up the clarus rod, it is a fine rod, if you are a mobile angler , 4 sections make it easy to get around, and for the money, you can,t go wrong, i would recommend you try one, tight lines everyone,
West michigan
 Great for the price
Pros: Strong, Well Made, Great value
Cons: Heavy
Best Uses: Centerpinning
Comments: I bought the 13' rod- I wish I would have bought the 11' 3" instead you can't find a better rod for the price
Western PA
 Best Rod For The Money.
Pros: good price
Best Uses: Centerpinning
Comments: Great rod for the Erie tribs.
West Michigan
 Nice Rod
Pros: Well Made, good price
Cons: Heavy
Best Uses: Steelhead, Centerpinning, large tailwaters
Comments: I purchased this rod a couple of weeks ago. The real test will be tomorrow when I take it out on the Manistee to pursue Steelhead. The rod seems well built. It seems like it has good backbone. It is a little heavy and doesn't balance perfectly with the Ross Flow reel I'm putting on it. But for $99 this is the best rod I've seen in this class. I would recomend this to a friend.
Upstate NY
 Great Rod
Comments: Picked it up after reading how everyone was raving about this rod. It is a really good rod for the price. Very light, crisp, and a perfect size handle. After fishing with a Browning Six Rivers for a year, this felt like an improvement. It handles steelhead very well even with 4lb leaders and feels like it will have enough backbone for slowing down a king. My only concern would be the eyes on the last piece of the rod. They are small and would probably freeze up easy.
Hebron, Ct.
 Shimano clarus C pin rod.
Pros: Light and balanced, Casts good
Cons: Reel mounting rings slip
Best Uses: Smal to med streams
Comments: I like the way it casts and 4 pcs makes for easy transport. Caught some nice sized browns and bows the rods power made for quick realease. It is just right for the small to medium sized streams I fish. The reel mounting rings needed a little tape to keep the reel in place and the hook keeper should be moved behind the reel to keep it out of harms way. All and all,a GREAT rod!!
johnstown, pa
 Good bang for the buck
Pros: Light Weight, Sensitive
Comments: Caught 2 steelhead first time using the rod and was please with how the rod handled the fish, one 8 and one 5 pounds. May get another clarus in the future
Youngstown, Ohio
 Great rod
Pros: Hook keeper, Power, Casting, Portability
Cons: none at this time
Comments: Used for steelhead fishing the great lakes. 3 for 3 first time out. Great power and improved casting when compared to my old noodle rod. Tough to beat the quality and gaurantee of Shimano poles
 Finally a travel sized float rod
Pros: Well Made, Quality performance, Travel size, Nice looking rod
Best Uses: Centerpinning
Comments: performs well for centerpinning for trout/steelhead and etc.versatile
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