wolverine wrote: After breaking a 12'-3" Loomis and a 9'-6" Lami on the beaches on gag, gag, puke pink salmon this summer I decided to use and abuse some less expensive rods off the beach. I got a screaming deal on a mis-marked new style 10' 6-10 lb IM-8 Shimano Clarus that I was going to use for throwing large Rotators and 2-1/2" & 3L Buzz Bombs. Tried it but I don't like it as the mid section wimps out and the distance achieved isn't up to par. Also bought a Fenwick HMX IM-8 9'-6" 10-20 lb rated that is the absolute bomb for distance casting. Wholesale Sports had the new Berkley Air IM-8's on sale for $60 so I bought a 9'-9" 6-10 for a back-up BB/Rotator rod or for company. It does a very good job but not quite up to the Fenwicks. I also bought the Berkley in a 10-9" 6-10 rated for a light herring float rod for the smaller herring baits. It does a superb job at this task and has landed over 30 silvers so far. My only real gripe is that I just don't like the coated metal guides without inserts. I looked at a 10-6" 4-10 rated Berkley rod also. Too light for the beach but would make a great long river float rod.Being an old spey rod caster I'm used to checking the male/female ferrule fit. The Berkleys do work a little loose during use but an occasional check with eliminate the "snap-o-matic" that Matt referred to. I'm glad that someone likes the Okumas. I've seen a lot of the beach rats break their Okumas. Of course most of them should just use Ugly Sticks as they break everything else.
That's interesting. I wouldn't be casting BB's with my loomis or lami, having been through warrantee replacement for both before it's a PIA. I also use okumas, but I go with the Celilos, a step down from the ssts but half the price. I busted the tip off one through my own clumsiness, and I have the other heavier one in a baitcaster for big kings.
I like the feel of the air rods, but I've never picked one up, just haven't needed it. I did however just bust a Fenwick on a pink using 8 pound flouro and six pound leader, and it was the 8'6" rated 8 to 15 pounds. I'm not sure I'm even going to bother having warranty service on that, it lasted less than three weeks. It was a nice rod while it lasted, but I think I'm going to try the berkely air 10'6" next time.