Monday, December 5, 2011

Making the Case for the Okuma Fly Rod

Every once in while I like to a make an unexpected road trip. My wife was at our daughters today in Tennessee, so I decided I would make a trip to some of the sporting good outlets in Birmingham. My first stop was a place I seldom go which I like to call the overpriced club, Mark’s Outdoors. It has all the usual name brands fishing tackle, but a bit over budget for me. I also made a stop at Dick’s sporting goods, which has some fishing tackle but caters more to the outdoor and sporting goods enthusiast. Of course I stopped by the Bass Pro shop and waded through the crowds. Bass Pro is a great fishing and hunting outlet but I seemed to get somewhat overwhelmed when I am there because of the enormous selection of everything. I finally ended up at Academy Sports. I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular to buy but came across some great deals while I was there. One was an Okuma fly rod 8 ½ ft. 4/5 wt. with medium action. I really like the lightness of this rod, and the rosewood reel seat. The best part was the price, 35.00 clearance. I have used Okuma reels and micro light rods over the years and have never had a problem with their performance. So with that thought in mind I bought the rod. I know I needed another fly rod like a dog needs ticks, but it was such a great deal I just couldn't pass it up. Another item I found was Lake Fork Fishing Shirts by Magellan.  I really like these shirts because of the vents in the back and the large storage pockets and clips hooks on the front. I bought a couple last year and was impressed.  These were 12.00 bucks clearance in the store but 17.00 on the website. I paid 25.00 last year for the same shirt. So I purchased a couple short sleeves. Of course there were all the clearance items on flies, lures, reels, tippets and a host of other items. Academy seems to always have an abundance of clearance items. So to make my point I left there with some shirts, rod, and few flies tippet and a couple of leaders that my wife decided would be Christmas for me, which suited me fine. Sometimes guy’s road trips don’t involved landing fish.

12 comments:

Cofisher said...

Well said Bill. I'm seeing all the signs of someone who could easily get addicted to vintage glass and click/pawl reels. Your boots are lost...save your watch!

Phillip said...

Things you don't need but must have. Congratulation on your finds.

Jay said...

I've also found a lot of good deals at Academy, and on at least three occasions when I went to check out the clearance bargain I had found rang up for even less than the sale price marked on the tag. It is a great place to find a deal. I'm sure for $35 that rod will serve you well. Maybe you'd consider taking that one down Bear Creek?

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
No Bear Creek trip even with a cane pole. I got the rod but no reel; the rod may gather dust for a while. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Phillip
I have never been able to pass up a good deal especially when it comes to fishing. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Cofisher
Hopefully I haven't gone that far, but I am a sucker for a fishing deal. Thanks for the comment

blake said...

i think any fisherman can reason y he needs most of the things he buys, doesn't mean he doesn't feel any guilt when buying it...

Okumma, american made right?

Mel said...

Sometimes don't you just get the feeling that "good luck' was mean't to happen. Good for you being in the right place at the right time to pick up on a sweet deal. Merry Christmas, from Outback, Idaho!

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
In today's economy bargains is what everyone is looking for. This is evident in everything we buy now. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
Case in point, my fly rod purchase, am I glad I got it yes, will I use it, sometimes, and do I feel guilty, no not at the moment. If it gathers dust, the guilt may kick in, even it was 35.00. Thanks for the comment

Sanders said...

Sounds like a great purchase and great road trip! Nothing better than some early Christmas presents.

Bill Trussell said...

Sanders
I found today my brother wants the fly rod, so I may be losing it. Thanks for the comment