Let us introduce you to the newest family of high-end fishing rods from Okuma Fishing Tackle, the PCH rod series, that will be on display at the Fred Hall Shows in 2017.
Okuma takes great pride and care in the making of their products, and they tell their story the best: “From mountain lake to offshore waters, at every turn Okuma Fishing Tackle embraces your passion for the sport of fishing. Our product introductions continue our commitment to dynamic and innovative rods and reels for both freshwater and saltwater anglers. Within each, our goal is to advance your skills and deliver a better experience from every day on the water. We accomplish this with advanced materials, cutting-edge design and by having one ear to the ground at all times. Our customers are the source of our most valuable input and it’s your needs, goals and desires that drive Okuma product development.”
It is this same passion that motivates Okuma to create products for so many specific fisheries around the country and the world. The PCH rods draw their inspiration from the Pacific Coast Highway that carries anglers to their many fishing destinations in California.
Geared for West Coast anglers, the PCH rods have been designed with West Coast fishing styles in mind.
The PCH line will start off with nine one-piece rods in the 7’, 7’6”, and 8’ foot models. The centerpiece of the PCH rod is the lightweight and extremely responsive 24-ton carbon rod blanks. These blanks offer anglers a fast taper that is so popular in West Coast fisheries. The cool look of these new sticks comes from the 3K woven carbon outer wraps on the blank, which also improves hoop strength. But the PCH doesn’t just look cool: it is also incredibly tough thanks to the UFR-II construction in the tip, which dramatically increases strength in the tip of the rod.
The PCH rods will start off with Medium, Medium/Heavy, Heavy, and Extra Heavy models. Each rod will feature quality components from Fuji and ALPS. The Medium, Medium/Heavy and the Heavy weight rods will feature Fuji’s K-guides with Alconite inserts, which work great with braid and monofilament. Extra Heavy models will use ALPS HXN guides with Zirconium inserts.
All models of PCH rods will come standard with the CAH reel seat from ALPS, makers of quality rod components. The CAH reel seat is a fully machined aluminum component for maximum durability. The top of the reel seat is flattened compared to most seats, allowing a stable platform for your reel to mount. The seat will come in the popular Dark Gunsmoke color.
Another important aspect of any fishing rod is the grip. PCH rods will feature two types depending on the length of the rod. The 7’ and 7’6” models will come with a new and improved type of foam grip. Traditionally, foam grips have been made of Hypalon. They were comfortable but the material absorbed water, which had some negative aspects. Okuma will be retaining the same comfort as traditional foam with their new TPE foam grips that will reduce water absorption and are extremely durable. This will make for a better-looking, longer-lasting, comfortable foam grip on the PCH rod. The 8’ foot models will come with a tapered shrink tube grip that is a West Coast favorite because of its compact feel and durability. All PCH models will come with an ALPS non-skid rubber butt cap instead of a gimbal for reduced slippage at the rail and comfort during the fight.
The entire PCH rod line will kick off with an amazing introductory price for the entire family of PCH rods. The MSRP is $199 for any model in the PCH family. This is an incredible value for an innovative blank and quality components. The PCH line will also be covered by Okuma’s Limited lLifetime Warranty.
John Bretza, Okuma’s Director of Product Development, says, “The PCH Rods will be on display at the Fred Hall Shows and will hit retail stores in the latter part of May. These rods are going to be very popular with our West Coast anglers and we anticipate the expansion of the PCH line to include a 9’ foot conventional rod and some jig and pop spinning models in the future. I’ve heard rumors that some of our retailers will offer pre-order options, as our West Coast fishermen are anxious to get their hands on the new PCH rods.”
So don’t miss the Okuma booth at the Fred Hall Shows and get your chance to check out the all-new Okuma PCH rods. They were made just for you.