Juse when you thought that every conceivable style of kokanee rod has already hit the market, Lamiglas introduces its new Team Kokanee Jared Johnson signature model CGR 802L downrigger rod. At 8 feet long (2-piece), it’s a bit longer than your standard koke stick, but what really separates it from the pack is that the CGR 802L is the only rod for this style of fishing that has micro guides (it features 14 micro guides + tip).
Once you get used to using micro guides, it’s hard to go back as these tiny guys really lighten up a rod — everything else with “regular” guides seems clunky. And because they are so light, the guides can be placed closer to together so that a rod gets a much better bend without flat spots.
I’ve been crazy busy with stripers lately, so I have yet to make it up to a kokanee lake this spring. However, I have been putting the CGR 802 through its paces on American shad. I figured if the thing can handle mutant sea-run herring in the 2- to 6-pound class in heavy current, it should be fine with landlocked sockeye.
We caught shad to 5.5 pounds on the 802 and it preformed nicely. It has a nice soft “down rigger” bend all the way through and while it bent nearly to the cork on some of the larger shad (again, we were pulling them upstream against heavy current), it was obvious it will handle any kokanee (including the Flaming Gorge giants), landlocked king or trout you may hook with it.
Nice rod! Read more here: Lamiglas.com