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Reels and Rods

Reels and rods are part of fishing 101, but with the constant upgrades in technology and build quality it’s important to keep an eye out for the latest gear. Here are our current picks for fishing reels and rods for Alaska.

Pflueger Patriarch Fly Reels
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This series of fly reels is comprised of five models ranging from 3/4 to 11/12. The reels are large arbor, high performance, and lightweight. They feature a sealed carbon drag and bearing. They are made from machined aluminum and incorporate an aluminum handle; the design and materials produce a lightweight and strong reel.
Pflueger Patriarch Fly Reels
KastKing Krome Kokanee Krush 2-piece Rods
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Designed by experts specifically for the popular kokanee market, KastKing Krome Kokanee Krush 2-piece rods are available in 7’6″, 8′, and 8’6″ lengths, all with perfect, light actions made for targeting soft-mouthed kokanee salmon. KastKing KastFlex IM7 graphite blanks are light, strong, and beautifully finished with premium Fuji O-Ring guides and Fuji ECS trigger reel seats. KastKing wraps the lower butt section in 3K woven carbon material to improve impact resistance that delivers exceptional performance when landing large fish. KastKing Krome Kokanee Krush durable carbon handles are easily removed from rod holders, and showcase a textured, slip-resistant, easy-to-clean surface.
KastKing Krome Kokanee Krush 2-piece Rods
Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rods
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This family of rods is built to tame big fish in big water. Ugly Stik has built a reputation of making nearly indestructible rods and this series is no exception. Models in the series are designed for nearshore, boat, and surf applications. Nearshore models are one-piece and come in a 6-foot medium-heavy or 7-foot medium rod power. Boat models are available in one and two-piece options, in 6-foot, 6-inch or 7-foot sizes and both medium and medium-heavy power ratings. Surf options range from 8- to 15 feet in medium, medium-heavy, or heavy power ratings. The rods blend graphite and fiberglass to make a tough rod that is very efficient at transmitting bites.
Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rods
Penn Fathom II Level Wind Line Counter
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A full-metal body on this new line-counting reel from Penn keeps gear alignment precise. Penn’s powerful HT-100 drag is incorporated to stop fish in their tracks and the 4+1 stainless-steel bearing system makes for a smooth turn. With an easy-access side plate for maintenance, the model is available in both left and right-hand retrieve options.

Penn Fathom II Level Wind Line Counter

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