While many consider fiberglass to be old-fashioned compared to the recent leaps made with graphite rods, many new rods are being made with this material. Like many trends and styles, fishing rod preferences seem to go in cycles as well.
The Okuma Classic Pro GLT Salmon Rod is made to be a sturdy rod. This is apparent in the different materials that were put together to construct this rod. First, the rod has a Fiberglass blank, which as discussed above means that it is made to withstand a lot of pressure. In addition, they’re great for bigger fish that like to fight. Second, the reel sits on a stainless steel hooded reel seat securely. The guides are also made with Stainless steel. This material is one of the strongest in the construction/manufacturing industry. It is definitely a great material, especially for the purpose of this rod, which is to catch salmon. Third, the handle is covered by a durable EVA rubber grip with texture to help for a stronger group. From top to bottom, this rod is built like Robocop.
Just like Robocop, this rod is sleek. As with many Okuma rods, the Classic Pro rod is beautifully built. If there was ever a good combination of beauty and brawn, this is it right here. I would recommend using this rod for downrigging when trolling on a boat. It feels good in your hands, handles well when pulling in those big fish, and it is priced well below its actual quality level. A great pick up for us.
The Okuma Fishing tackle company was established in 1987. A relatively new company in the fishing industry, it was started in Taiwan by Chang Liang-ren after a friend showed him the spinning reel. It was easy for him to understand that the key to Okuma’s success as a company was technology. Thus, he invested in a Research and Development center based in Germany.
The constant leaps in technological advancement in the fishing tackle industry has made Okuma one of the top producers of fishing tackle in the industry. In fact, Okuma is the No. 1 manufacturer of fishing tackle (in volume). The company sponsors great fishermen, including the likes of Mark Romanack, Scott Martin, as well as the fishing show Into the Blue. Due to their investment in technology, they remain at the top of the fishing world.