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#11512349 - 03/30/16 07:07 PM Okuma Fly Rods
theflyguy3 Offline
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Registered: 09/21/14
Posts: 96
Loc: My Honey Hole
Any experience with Okuma rods? The SLV looks like a good deal, with good reviews and ratings. Also, I found a lesser known Okuma rod for an even lower price that has great reviews as well - the Celilo. Tackle Tour gave a full out review on it paired with an Okuma Integrity reel and it scored an 8.91/10. It can be found on Overstock for as little as 42.49 and is considered a very beefy, strong rod that can tackle large fish and punch large flies effectively. Just wondering since I have been looking for a new budget rod. If you have any other inexpensive fly rods in mind, please let me know.

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#11512458 - 03/30/16 07:50 PM Re: Okuma Fly Rods [Re: theflyguy3]
tmds3 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/09/10
Posts: 1873
Loc: Bedford,Tx
I started with Okuma rods, Cascade I believe is the name of it, good rod to start with and still have and use them all the time
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#11512593 - 03/30/16 08:27 PM Re: Okuma Fly Rods [Re: theflyguy3]
robert hunter Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 3353
Got an svl reel on clearance at academy. until I drove over it with the truck after working a double and driving 8 hours to trout water and falling in the river. That reel busted stripers hybrids and really big trout. The drag system never let me down even with six x. Never fished the rods though but would like another of the reel for sure.
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#11512672 - 03/30/16 08:53 PM Re: Okuma Fly Rods [Re: theflyguy3]
Ellie's Grampa Offline
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Registered: 09/25/13
Posts: 40
Loc: Arlington, TX
I use my Okuma Crisium 7' 3-4 wt for creeks and small streams in DFW and honestly can roll cast better with it than with my Orvis Clearwater 5 wt. I'm a novice but think it's a pretty good rod for the price.
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#11512836 - 03/30/16 10:04 PM Re: Okuma Fly Rods [Re: theflyguy3]
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 22559
Loc: East Texas
i have a couple Okuma Celilo rods, pretty stiff & fast, (I overlined the 7 weight to 10 wt line) but they have held up & you cant beet the price, I really like the SLV reels too
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#11514802 - 03/31/16 07:58 PM Re: Okuma Fly Rods [Re: Bass Bug®]
theflyguy3 Offline
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Registered: 09/21/14
Posts: 96
Loc: My Honey Hole
So far, the Celilos have looked like an outstanding deal to me while also being well-suited for the heavy bass fishing I like to do. The only problem is I can't find any Celilos in any heavier than a 5/6 wt.

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#11515146 - 03/31/16 09:59 PM Re: Okuma Fly Rods [Re: theflyguy3]
hook-line&sinker Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 8992
Loc: Bryan, Texas
I had 2 9ft eight weight Celilos and broke them both just above the mid way point. First one was under warranty, the second one was on me but at less than $50 it is a good fast rod that won't break the bank. I'm very hard on my bass fly gear and simply put too much pressure on that rod trying to pull a 5 pound bass through the weeds. at about 8:30 in this video is when I broke the celilo
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