A great casting rod for a variety of styles - what's not to love? The Clarus is a great bet for a beginner who wants to equip themselves modestly and effectively. It draws on a range of features we love, such as its aluminium-oxide guides that are polished to an eye-catching sheen.
We also appreciate cork handles in any rod that sees regular or extended use; the cork absorbs sweat and moisture better, meaning there's less slipping and finer control in general.
Our opinion: Just about everyone we talk to who's tried these rods agrees they're great stuff. Our thanks to Shozaburo Shimano for pursuing his passion so diligently; the Clarus freshwater steelhead is a great addition to the Shimano product line and it's a solid choice for a beginner who wants one rod that does everything for them.