Summer 2016 Product Review: Okuma Helios Spinning Rods/Reels
Had the chance to fish Okuma's Helios line of spinning rods this summer and overall I was very impressed. The Helios spinning rods are super lightweight, yet powerful. A Helios combo weighs a little over 10 oz, yet have no problem handling the powerful surge of a smallmouth or the thrashing nature of a big lake trout. I also love Okuma's lifetime warrantee - I haven't needed to replace one of these rods yet, but I know from other Okuma rods that I have broken that they have one of the best customer service departments and warrantees out there.
This summer we tested the medium heavy action rod for lake trout and we are planning on adding two more to our guide program. The rods have incredible feel and yet gave us the power we needed to set the hook in 100' of water and move big fish.
What I personally love about the rods is that their lightweight nature helps some of my joint issues. I have battled tendonitis in my right elbow, brought on largely from repetitively setting the hook or snapping a bait to get a reaction. These rods help me a ton primarily because of their lightweight. I would highly recommend Okuma to anyone looking for a high end rod at a reasonable price (www.okumafishing.com to see more about the product).