Eagle Claw StarFire Downrigger and Dipsy Rod

25 Reviews
Item No.: F10376



Eagle Claw StarFire Downrigger and Diver Rods are designed specifically for the Great Lakes. With their specialty actions, durable blanks and quality components, these rods are sure to outshine the competition.

  • Specialized Great Lakes actions
  • Durable fiberglass blanks (yellow with blue guide wraps)
  • Stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts
  • Downlocking graphite reel seats with stainless steel hoods

10/17/2012 12:00:00 am

Eagle Claw Downrigger and Dipsy Rods

by Deadly Dick -

I just bought the rods and have not yet used them. Most likely I will not use them until next May or June. If you would like to have me review them at that time I would be happy to do so. In the meantime I most likely will be looking to purchase other equipment from you and would very much appreciate the coupon. Please email me any information on products and sales.

9/25/2009 12:00:00 am

Eagle Claw Starfire Downrigger

by LittleWhaler -

1st saw these on Great Lakes salmon charter boats - I've owned (and broken) other rods costing 3 times as much - now I have six and feel no reason to change. Flex is just right for downriggers and setting hook.

2/17/2011 12:00:00 am

i would by this product again

by dave the fishaddict -

i use this rod for trolling leadcore line and a reel that allows me to run one hundred yards of leadcore, never owned this brand of rod before so looking forward to using it more often, time will tell how good it is

3/27/2008 12:00:00 am

Don't let the price fool you!!!

by Junior -

They may not cost as much but don't let it fool you. I have always ran these rods for fishing in Alaska. They have great action and are very tough. I have used these rods to pull in 15 pound silvers all the way up to 50 pound kings. Not to mention even a 35 pound halibut. Great action and durable for all the abuse I give it!!!

9/13/2011 12:00:00 am

great trolling rod

by ChrisMinMaine -

Great trolling rod. No frills, just a good solid rod.

10/3/2011 12:00:00 am

Good value

by Hakuna-Matata -

Good bang for the buck. Never had a rod break like this, the reel can spin 360 degrees all the way around the handle of the rod?? Fish USA promply sent me a replacement- good service! I troll 4 of these rods for king salmon- they've worked well except for the 1 that broke.

7/5/2011 12:00:00 am

Starfire Rods

by DT -

outstanding rods, even better price! on sale for [$]! excellent rods for very short money.

7/12/2011 12:00:00 am

driftering & river fishing

by Drifter -

we have about a dozen of this rods and they work the way we fish, driftering and river fishing.

4/13/2010 12:00:00 am

Iwould buy this again

by the welder -

Use this rod for trolling Lake Erie

8/12/2011 12:00:00 am

Eagle Claw Downriggere

by Gene the old fisherm -

I was looking for a flexible rod for fishing salmon in the ocean. Other rods were too stiff and lacked flexibilitySal

5/18/2010 12:00:00 am

Very good rods for the money.

by whitetail -

I have used Eagle Claw rods for forty years. Great rods for the money.

8/23/2011 12:00:00 am

Very good, sensitive to hits.

by Cricketman -

Great rod for the price!

6/1/2009 12:00:00 am

Very tough and great value

by Ron

I'm not sure what this guy who wrote the first review did but I've been running these rods for several years on my downriggers and they've held up great. As far as I'm concerned you can't buy a better rod for the money. Great durability and action.

8/19/2008 12:00:00 am

Poor quality, save your money

by Jekyll -

I bought this based on recommendations but IT BROKE on my first use. I've been trolling for years and never had a rod break like this. It broke on its first day of use when popping a release -crack. Other comlaints: the 2 halves are of unequal lenght (Well, they are equal now) which makes breakdown and storage more difficult; the rod doesn't load smoothly on a rigger. It seems to be a fast action with the bend in the end, not throughout the entire length. Don't waste your money, buy a Daiwa Heartland.

9/10/2011 12:00:00 am

I would by again .....but

by jimmie jones -


7/31/2009 12:00:00 am

I would buy again

by Drifter -

I fish for catfish and they are great! They are especially good for drifting like we do so I recommend this product to all my family.

9/13/2009 12:00:00 am

Great Product!

by Slammin Salmon -

Used for trolling salmon up in the St. Marys River... worked flawlessly

9/13/2009 12:00:00 am

I'm buying More!

by Salmon Slammin -

Unbreakable! I loaded these up big time with 10lb balls and they are still brand new

7/3/2012 12:00:00 am

The 10-ft rod performs very well.

by Contrary Larry -

Sensitive enough to use as deadline, trolling plugs, or bottom bouncers when wally fishing, and strong enough to use w downriggers when salmon fishing. Ten-ft length gets lures away from boat when wally fishing. I had a pair of these 10-ft rods for years and just bought a replacement when an improperly stored one bounced-off the boat in high waves and was lost to the depths. Great pole!

8/7/2013 12:00:00 am

Can't beat the rod for the price

by Dcummins -

For the price your not gonna find a much better rod. I used them with tt50 and 1 dipseys with good success so far

5/16/2014 12:00:00 am

nice rod for the money

by charlie

great trolling rod been holding up well I have caught several 5 LBS salmon on this rod .

10/12/2014 12:00:00 am

starfire rod

by Mike -

Used this pole on a downrigger and hooked up with a 8lb 29" walleye in lake erie. The rod performed well no complaints

7/5/2018 12:00:00 am

What a mistake

by The DJ -

Had 8 rods that were used over the past 20 years. They are worn out and time for replacements. The new plastic handles are slippery, two of 3 broke before they were 6 months old. Disappointing isn't even the word for it. One of the rods I lifted from the rod holder and the two pieces came apart, almost every time. Wouldn't that be great with a fish on GGGRRRrrr. I guess like a lot of manufacturers, being made over seas. Threw them away because eagle claw wanted a handling / postage fee to return them under warranty. Lesson learned. I went to Daiwa and been very happy. I have 6 light weight trolling rods I use on the finger lakes here in central New York and have never had a problem with them.

7/18/2020 11:44 am

10' Star Fire works for me on the Great Lakes!

by iron eye

I use these rods for salmon fishing on the great lakes with downriggers. The 10' length and medium action is a perfect combination that provides the shock absorption needed when fishing salmon. Salmon can go ballistic when brought alongside the boat and the rods absorb the last powerful lunges while netting the fish. I'm on somewhat of a budget so I combine the Star Fire with Okuma's Magda Pro reels which has proven to be a perfect combo.
I know these rods are advertised as dipsey rods, but I prefer a stiffer/Fast Action rod that has more back bone for the load that the dipsey's and slide divers put on a rod while trolling.

12/2/2020 7:22 am

Good all around rod.

by Ron

Bought one a year ago @ Indian Hill after breaking another brand while fishing on Moosehead lake for salmon in Greenville Maine. Decided to buy a second one in 2020; and found that Fishuse had a better price; however they were out of stock. They notified me when they were back in stock; at which time I purchased another 8'6" eagle claw starfire downrigger rod. I haven't use it yet, but sure it will perform as well as the first one I bought.