New Favorite Combo

by • April 3, 2014 • Product Reviews, Rods and Reels Reviews, UncategorizedComments (0)3116

Many anglers – whether it be kayak, SUP, or Boat – have tried many different rods and reels over a lifetime of fishing trips.  Some prefer brand A over brand B, and more often than not, it comes down to simple personal preference.  I’ve used most brands while fishing from the yak, and they all have been good reels.  I’ve recently discovered my new favorite rod and reel combo, though.

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the Okuma Fishing reels, and I’ve used them for years.  The Trio series of reels have performed for me for years and years. They have accepted much abuse, yet kept on reeling in fish after fish.  Recently, I was able to test out and use the Helios rod and reel, and I have to admit, I’m even more of a believer now.  Extremely light, it seems to just fit in my hand, like it was made specifically for me.  I fish saltwater inshore about 99.9% of the time, and this rod and reel handles the redfish like a champ.  The Helios rod from Okuma Fishing offers mini guides to increase sensitivity and casting accuracy.  It’s constructed from 40-ton carbon fiber blanks, which means this rod is light!  Paired with the Helios Hx-30 reel, this combo is deadly.  The Helios reel is also built with carbon fiber frames and rotors, with aluminum main and oscillation gear to deliver cutting edge performance.

I’ve fished the Helios rod & reel combo in a variety of applications, including bottom rigs, popping corks, or simply rigged up with artificial lures.  The versatility is absolutely amazing, and I’m taken aback with how comfortable this rod feels in my hand.  The mini guides allow pinpoint accuracy when casting into tight spots, and the rod can easily handle over-slot redfish.  The Helios rod and reel combo offers the stamina to fight powerful fish, but also gives the angler the finesse needed to work lures with ease.  This is easily my new favorite combo, and one that will be utilized for many years to come.

Helios 7’M Spinning RodHelios-spin-2[1]

  • 40-ton carbon, ultra sensitive blank construction
  • Weighs 3.7oz
  • Fuji’s KR “rapid choke” Micro Guides
  • Alconite guide inserts: Fuji’s lightest insert for braided line
  • Zero fore grip design for improved balance and weight reduction
  • Custom lightweight skeleton reel seat with Fuji hoods
  • EVA split grip but design for reduced weight and improved balance
  • Fuji moveable hook keeper
  • Backed by a limited lifetime warranty
  • MSRP:  174.99


Helios Hx-30 Spinning Reelhelios-spinning_1162_general[1]

  • Lightweight C-40X carbon frame, side plate, and rotor
  • Multi-disc Carbonite drag system
  • 8HPB + 1RB corrosion resistant stainless ball bearings
  • Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
  • ALG: Precision AlumiLite alloy main gear and oscillating gears
  • Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool
  • Precision elliptical gearing system
  • lightweight EVA handle
  • Hydro Block watertight drag seal
  • RESII: Computer balanced Rotor Equalizing System
  • Backed by a 1-year limited warranty
  • MSRP: $139.99

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