Fenwick Aetos Rods
The Fenwick Aetos family of rods includes spinning, casting, fly and ice spinning rods. Casting and spinning rods in the line are numerous and they feature Fenwick’s X-Veil high-modulus blank, a custom ergonomic reel seat, titanium guides with zirconium inserts, EVA and TAC split-grip handles and a limited lifetime warranty. Rods are light, high-performance, easy to cast and sensitive. Many models exist in the Aetos fly rod family and they feature a fast-action blank, large-diameter gunsmoke stripper guides and double-foot gunsmoke snake guides, an aluminum anodized reel seat, AAA-grade cork handle and all include a bag and rod tube. These fast-recovering, high-performance rods are available for freshwater, saltwater, switch and Spey anglers. Aetos ice rods feature high-modulus, solid graphite blanks, hidden handle design reel seats with carbon fiber hoods, TAC and cork handle construction and stainless steel guides. These rods are available in a variety of actions and powers, with fast tips for setting the hook and feeling the bite.
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Casting Rods
Ugly Stik rods have been used by anglers in Alaska and beyond for many years to fight and tame some of the toughest fish that swim. The Bigwater series features a new look, including Ugly Tuff guides that provide maximum corrosion-resistance and the Ugly Stik Clear Tip design. There are 19 rods in the series to cover a really wide range of needs. Among them are technique-specific rods for casting, surfcasting and downrigger applications, in both 1- and 2-piece options, ranging from 5 feet, 6 inches to 12 feet in length, and with rod power ratings from light to extra-heavy. Rods combine fiberglass and graphite for a blend of strength and sensitivity and are backed by a 7-year warranty.
Lamiglas G1000 Pro Rod Series
From the classic shaped cork handles that are easy to grip to the new exposed reel seats on both casting and spinning models, these rods look classic and modern all at the same time. Fuji-built double-lock reel seats hold your reel firmly in place. Choose from casting or spinning models that are dynamically optimized for a number of fisheries and techniques. The look and feel is classic Lamiglas, updated to the newest generation of fishing rods.
Daiwa Lexa 300LC
The Daiwa Lexa 300LC linecounter reel is the smallest Chinook-capable, low-profile line counter reel on the market. With a capacity of 180 yards of 55-pound-test braid and 22 pounds of drag, it is equally at home backtrolling plugs in rivers like the Kenai or Nushagak, forward trolling lead and flasher rigs with herring, trolling Pro-Trolls with Super Baits, bobber fishing eggs, back-bouncing or hover fishing. The Lexa 300LC comes in both left and right hand models, a 6.3:1 gear ratio with paddle handle or a 5.5:1 gear ratio with power handle. We have already tested this reel for a few months and performance has been exemplary.
Okuma Komodo SS Baitcasting Reel
Featuring a stainless-steel spool shaft, hugely oversized stainless-steel main gear, stainless-steel pinion gear and outputting up to 30 pounds of drag pressure, the new Okuma Komodo SS baitcast reels are powered for Alaska’s big fish. Two sizes include a 350 and 450, holding 220- and 300 yards of 50-pound braid, respectively. Housed in a full aluminum frame and aluminum side plates, Komodo SS reels are the high-power solution for ocean- and river salmon, lingcod, rockfish and all but the largest halibut. Available in both right- and left-hand-retrieve, and handle options that include a twin paddle handle or single-power handle upgrade.
PENN Warfare Level-wind Reel
The PENN Warfare level-wind reel was engineered to be an extremely versatile all-around reel at an affordable price. It features a lightweight graphite frame and side-plates with aluminum frame rings for improved rigidity to prevent frame-flex. HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads, and line capacity rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish. It is available with or without a line-counter option and in both left- and right-handed models.
Ande Monofilament has been producing high-quality, super-strong fishing line for many years. Anglers who already use and trust Ande Monofilament will be pleased to find this new product on the shelves in 2016, as now they can use Ande for superline applications as well. Producing very low guide noise and with the no-stretch, small-diameter characteristics of top-end braid, Ande Braid enables you to feel more bites, and feel bites quicker, than other lines. It’s also softer, which will help produce longer, smoother casts.
St. Croix Trout Series Spinning Rods
MSRP: $110 to $130
St. Croix’s all-new series of trout spinning rods feature crisp, controlled actions and plenty of backbone to handle larger fish, such as those encountered regularly in Alaska. Built on blanks rolled from a blend of premium-quality SCII graphite and high-modulus/high-strain SCVI graphite, the new trout rods are lightweight, strong and sensitive. The series has been created specifically for trout anglers who fish streams and lakes with spinners and other lures, and the five-rod series features lengths from 5-foot, 4 inches to 7 feet, with all except the shortest model available in a two-piece design. Each new Trout Series rod is equipped with a premium-grade cork handle and a Pac Bay Minima reel seat fitted with a custom insert for enhanced sensitivity and comfort. All thread wraps are protected by two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish for exceptional durability.
Ande Monofilament Ghost
MSRP: $6.99, $13.99, $25.99 and $45.99 for 1/4-, 1/2-, 1- and 2-pound spool
Ande Monofilament is as strong and durable as it gets in monofilament line; it is easy to tie and reasonably priced. Over the years we have been amazed at the quality and virtual unbreakability of their line. Ghost takes it a step further and provides one of the benefits not normally associated with monofilament: the ability to disappear underwater. Now you can more stealthily present a lure and have the toughness to fight Alaska-sized fish. Ghost comes in tests from 12- to 50-pound and in 1/4-, 1/2-, 1- and 2-pound spools in a matte white finish.
Abu Garcia Fantasista
Available soon, these high-performance casting and spinning rods are built using unique Tetra axial carbon construction, a special carbon-wrapping process that provides incredible strength and sensitivity in a lightweight design. On the water, this translates into exceptional bite detection and superior castability. A micro-guide system allows anglers to increase casting distance while maintaining accuracy throughout the cast, and the Fantasista also provides a split-grip design to enhance feel while reducing weight throughout the rod. The rods are available in three spinning models and six baitcast models, each tuned for technique-specific applications.
G. Loomis IMX Salmon/Steelhead rods
MSRP: $295 to $450
The 27-rod series includes casting models for trolling and mooching, back-bouncing, heavy-duty hot-shot rods, steelhead drift- and steelhead float rods. Spinning models include hot shot, steelhead side-drifting, steelhead float and center-pin rods. The new generation IMX graphite is stronger, more sensitive and about 15-percent lighter than G. Loomis’s previous IMX. Full cork handles are contoured for comfort and balance, and rods feature Fuji KR Alconite running guides, which reduce rod wrap, particularly when using braided line.
Okuma Blue Diamond A Salmon/Steelhead Rods
This new-for-2013 rod series from Okuma features blanks made from an extremely durable carbon and glass mixture, providing ultimate strength for anglers chasing Alaska salmon in the saltwater environment. EVA fore- and rear grips add comfort and durability, while polished titanium oxide guide inserts and double-foot, stainless-steel guide frames ensure these rods will last, no matter the pounding they take. There are technique-specific rod designs available in the series as well, including rods built for use with a downrigger or with planers. All Okuma Blue Diamond rods are backed by a one-year warranty.
North Fork Composites / EDGE Rods
MSRP: $75 to $315 for North Fork Composites blanks, $405 to $605 for EDGE rods
Welcome to the new world of Gary Loomis and his companies, North Fork Composites and EDGE Rods. Beginning in March 2009, Gary stepped back into the rod-building world with the introduction of North Fork Composites, a graphite fishing blank manufacturer. Since the inception of NFC, over 300 patterns comprising Gary’s patented new and improved standard-, intermediate- and high-modulus graphite materials have been introduced to the market. Beginning in late November 2011, Gary introduced EDGE rods with a commitment to providing the absolutely finest production rods in the world based upon his cutting-edge blanks and other key innovations.
Okuma Helios Spinning Reels
These exciting new reels from Okuma make use of carbon-fiber construction to achieve an overall lighter weight and improved corrosion resistance, yet providing high retrieve speeds and great power. Among the high-end spinning reel features are a multi-disc Carbonite drag system, Hydro Block watertight drag seal, precision AlumiLite alloy main gear and oscillating gears, and Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearings. The reels are designed to handle everything from mono to braided line and there are four sizes available upon initial release.
Okuma Komodo 350 Low-Profile Baitcast Reel
With an industry-leading line capacity of 230 yards of 14-pound monofilament and 25 pounds of maximum drag, the new Komodo 350 low-profile baitcast reel offers greater versatility than ever before, as anglers can enjoy the comfort of low-profile design in salmon fisheries. The Komodo features a 10-bearing-plus-roller-bearing design, an all stainless-steel drive system and is available in right- and left-hand retrieve with either paddle or power handles. The Komodo is available with a 6.4:1 gear ratio, internally adjustable cast control system and dual anti-reverse systems.
Okuma Andros Two-Speed
Whether fishing for salmon, halibut or a range of bottomfish, the Andros handles them all. The Andros 5II holds 400-plus yards of 50-pound braided line, delivers 24 pounds of maximum drag pressure and offers two-speed gearing to winch deep leviathans to the boat. Amazingly, this reel fits in the palm of your hand. To accomplish this feat, the Andros utilizes the best and strongest available materials including 17-4 grade stainless-steel helical-cut gearing, fully-machined aluminum framing and a greased Carbonite drag system. It’s one reel that could travel from the Yukon to Ketchikan and fish everything in between.
P-Line Hydrofloat Line
MSRP: $12.99 to $17.99
Hydrofloat is a Spectra-based line with a fused coating that makes the line more buoyant and allows it to float on the surface. This makes it a very good choice for float-fishing for salmon and steelhead, using either a spinning- or baitcasting system. The line has little stretch, making it possible to get positive hook-sets on long drifts. It’s available in 10-, 15-, 20-, 30- and 50-pound tests. We’ve used this line for several years and it’s our go-to for float fishing.