The Shimano Sojourn Spinning Rod is a one-piece rod that has a graphite core, making it light, flexible, and sturdy. The graphite composite material nowadays has been developed for ideal performance, and Shimano knows a thing or two about performing well (note: Lance Armstrong). It comes with a split cork grip that is made for a great grip and toughness. The string is looped through aluminum oxide guides and hooks onto a multipurpose hook keeper. At the bottom of the rod is an EVA butt cap, made for stabilization when fighting larger fish.
Because the Sojourn is a one-piece rod, it is a sensitive tool, great for small bites and large bites. The graphite material plays a big part into this sensitivity. Because it is a larger rod, it might feel heavier. This heaviness is due to the strengthening required to handle the larger fish.
I would recommend this to beginners who are just starting their fishing tackle collection. For the lower price, it is great. You can use this spinning rod for large mouth bass, trout, salmon. Take your time to learn how your rod feels and balances. You can pair this reel with any option of Shimano reels, like the Shimano Spirex RG Spinning Reel (Amazon Link), or the Shimano Stradic Spin Reel. Both of these options are great.
Shimano is a fishing tackle company that is most well known for producing bicycles. One of their most famous sponsorship partnerships is Lance Armstrong. It really isn’t surprising that a bicycle company would produce fishing poles, as both require so much precision to create. In addition, both require gears of some type. Just is also a reason that many fishing tackle companies began as clockmakers.
The company was founded in Sakai City, Japan, near the current headquarters, located in Osaka. Shozaburo Shimano founded the company in 1921 in a town that was mainly known for its blacksmithing of swords and gun barrels. After much success, the fishing tackle division was started in 1970. With Shimano rods, you get the best of their technology, efficient and well-balanced materials, and comfort. Similar to the other sports equipment divisions, the quality of their products rank high across the board.