Thats a good synopsis by Mike Stallings on the Okuma reels. As i mentioned in the past, Okuma is a large overseas (China) aftermarket parts maker for various Japanese reel makers. Okuma a few years ago decided to get into both the conventional and spinning reel market, and very aggressively marketed their reels. But the problem was that their original reels, used many dissimilar metals leading to corrosion problems on the handles and binding within the reel itself. Their anodizing was considered poor within the industry, but i have heard that they have made big improvements on their newer reels. Customer service was reported as being decent, with a quick turnaround on reels sent to Okuma. Frank LoPreste owner/operator of the long range vessel ROYAL POLARIS was one of the original 'big name' field testers of their big game models. Not much was heard about their reels other then Mr. Lopreste being a spokesman! I have spoken to a few tackle store owners, who state that they do sell many okuma reels due to their reasonable price, and that they do have repeat customers on those products. Take that from where it is coming from, but if 'i had a choice' i would suggest sticking with companies that allow you to easily obtain parts from our local tackle shops.
EC NEWELL MAN*
(This post edited by EC NEWELL MAN on 03/04/2003)