New Fishing Reels and Rods for Fishing in Alaska in 2017
PENN Rival Reel & Rod/Reel Combo
Engineered to be an extremely versatile all-around reel at an affordable price, the Penn Rival features a lightweight graphite frame and sideplates with aluminum frame rings. The HT-100 carbon-fiber drag washers provide a smooth drag under heavy loads. Add in the Rival rod for an ideal combo.
Pflueger President Fly Reel
The Pflueger President mid-arbor series was designed to provide a lightweight, compact fly reel that still offers ample line capacity. It is available in five sizes spanning 3/4 to 11/12 and features an aluminum frame, smooth disc drag, ergonomic aluminum handle and left- or right-hand-retrieve.
Pflueger Patriarch Spinning Reel
Lightweight, strong components made from titanium, magnesium and carbon make this a reel worth considering for 2017. The reel is coated with a three-step corrosion-resistant finish that will add to durability and performance over the life of the reel. The sealed carbon drag system and durable titanium- coated line roller will bring big fish to a stop. It comes in three sizes and the largest offers the capacity and max drag to handle Alaska-sized fish.
The Bluewater series is a new introduction by Lamiglas and includes several models that look very promising for Alaska’s saltwater contingent. We’ve got the BW7030C to test— a 7-foot, one-piece rod rated for 15- to 30-pound-test and 1- to 4-ounce lures. It feels light and comfortable in the hand and we are stoked to put a bend in it in 2017. It figures to be an all-around solid saltwater jigging rod.
G•Loomis Asquith Fly Rods
With blanks rolled using Shimano’s proprietary Spiral X process at its production facility in Kumamoto, Japan, and then hand-finished at the G. Loomis facility in Woodland, WA, anglers will find the Asquith series rods to be some of the most technologically advanced fly rods in the world. With fast actions and generous power levels, Asquith rods excel in situations where developing high line speed and making precise casts means success. The rods are built and designed for demanding conditions and technical fishing environments, providing anglers with fly rods that offer exceptional casting distance, pinpoint accuracy, a lighter than expected blank and reduced blank twist.
Eagle Claw Crafted Glass Rod Series
Eagle Claw’s new Crafted Glass series of rods and combos features a classic retro look and combines traditional honey gold cosmetics, hand selected cork handles, balanced components and finely tuned actions. Spinning rods are available in eight models spanning a wide range of lengths and power. Combos are also available for the three smallest rods in the series and come paired with a graphite body spinning reel that features a machined aluminum handle and spool, smooth drag and 2 + 1 ball bearings. Two casting and two fly rods round out the series.
Echo EPR Fly Rods
The all-new EPR fly rods from Echo are tailor-made for Alaska’s big-fish aficionados, who require a lot from the rods in their trophy-chasing quiver. Designed to load easily at short distances thanks to a soft tip, but with plenty of extra power in the bottom end capable of delivering incredible line speeds, these 9-foot rods come in 8- through 12-weight and are ready to go for the serious Alaska fly angler.
Okuma Helios SX Spinning Reels
Okuma Helios SX spinning reels combine advanced design and C-40X long-strand carbon fiber construction to deliver fantastic handling and exceptional strength for freshwater and inshore saltwater fisheries. The body, side plate and rotor of the Helios SX are constructed of Okuma C-40X long-strand carbon fiber. C-40X uses strands of carbon fiber that become interwoven thousands of times. Parts constructed from C-40X carbon fiber are 25% lighter and 50% stronger than their graphite counterparts. In combination with ported Cyclonic Flow Rotor and Torsion Control Armor, C-40X construction creates a powerful foundation for this nine-bearing system in sizes HSX-20, HSX-30 and HSX-40.
The Rise’s thoughtful design produces not only a clean aesthetic, but also a lightweight versatile reel for all anglers. The U-shaped large-arbor coupled with a carbon-fiber drag system creates smooth stopping torque, allowing you to stay in control with a fish on the line. The oversized drag knob is easily adjustable and this reel is easy to convert to a left-hand-retrieve. Available in gold, black, or silver and in a variety of sizes.
Okuma Metaloid 12-Narrow Two-Speed Lever Drag Reel
Okuma’s high-power Metaloid family of two-speed lever drag reels now includes an all-new narrow spool size 12. The Metaloid M-12NII is perfect for vertical jigging, throwing iron or casting bombs for big fish. The narrow spool frame makes line management exceptionally easy, while the spool diameter is tall enough to collect line on big fish. Featuring four NMB precision Japanese ball bearings and Metaloid’s rugged machined aluminum framing and stainless steel gear system, the new M-12II churns out big power from gear ratios of 4.7:1 in high and 2.1:1 in low. With max drag output of 34-pounds, the new Metaloid 12 narrow is a powerful reel in a small package.