Gary Dobyns Moves To Powell Rods

Powell Products better known as the 95 year old Fly Rod Company has just announced that they are entering into the bass rod market and will sell their bass rods strictly through retail pro shops. These rods will not be available direct from the company. Powell will be introducing a series of affordable tournament bass rods at the ICAST show in Las Vegas July 20-22nd. The new series comes in 26 rod models and is called the “MAX series. The name is a derivative of the spaced high modulus graphite material used in its construction - “Maxumfiber”. This material allows Powell’s rod designers to create an extra fast action bass rod series that is light weight, well balanced while maintaining durability. These new rods have the look and feel of a high-end bass rod but the price tag is only $169.00 for spinning and casting, and $199.00 for flipping and pitching rods.

Keith Bryan, President of Powell says: “I love bass fishing. I have a passion for rod design and development, therefore the natural progression for this company was to take it into the fastest growing segment of the fishing market today. I’m excited to introduce a full line of technologically advanced and affordable high-end fishing rods.” Keith Bryan, President Powell Rods.

The biggest news, however, is who Powell has teamed up with to develop these new rod actions and designs, Gary Dobyns, who is the all time leading money winner in the Western United States. Gary will help ensure that these rods will perform on today’s toughest tournament trails.

Gary says: “I grew up as an avid fly-fisherman and I’ve known the Powell name for over 30 years. Powell President Keith Bryan approached me with the idea of helping to develop an excellent line of bass rods for today’s tournament fisherman, yet still remain affordable. I’ve always been very picky about my equipment and I’ve always used a lot of custom rods. I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with Powell on designs and actions. Our rods are designed with unique features such as, a split handle design for lightness and sensitivity, Fuji’s small concept guide system and extra fast actions. We have created some of the lightest, most sensitive and toughest fishing rods today. These rods are not only affordable they are backed by an Unconditional Lifetime warranty.”Gary Dobyns, All Time Leading Money Winner Western U.S.

Powell’s new line of “MAX” rods will carry an unconditional original owner lifetime guarantee. The rods are a clear buffed gray blank, with split handle designs. The main wraps are black, with metallic green thread and silver metallic tipping. The rods are fitted with Fuji Alconite guides, and Fuji reel seats. For more information call the company at (415) 382-9745, or visit Powell online a