Reviews say the Okuma Guide Select is a reasonably priced spinning rod that's more sensitive and lightweight than budget models. Experts say the Okuma Guide Select offers quality components usually found in pricier fishing rods, such as an all-graphite shaft. The high-grade cork handle offers a sure grip, although one reviewer said it may feel initially awkward. Though lightweight – there are 7-ounce and 8.9-ounce options – the Okuma Guide Select is strong enough that the manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty. Reviews say the Okuma Guide Select offers surprising power, but anglers accustomed to high-end models may find it a bit stiff. Reviews suggest the Shakespeare Ugly Stik (*est. $30) as a cheaper option for beginners.
The Okuma Guide Select was introduced in 2006 and has drawn few reviews so far, and owners have been especially slow to weigh in. However, TackleTour.com and CaliFishing.com offer some of the most detailed professional reviews of fishing equipment, and both cover the Okuma Guide Select in great depth.
This review starts out by saying it's never influenced by reputation and doesn't expect much from a $100 pole, but winds up giving the Okuma Guide Select a "Best Value" after testing it with several reels. The negatives are a long rear grip and some balance issues.
Review: Rod Review: Swimbait Rod Wars Installment #2 : Okuma Strikes With Value!, Dennis "Cal" Shew, Jan. 1, 2008
There's no comparative testing, but CaliFishing.com rates a lot of rods. Reviewer Rob Belloni says, "I don't think you're going to beat it" in its price range, criticizing the Okuma Guide Select only for stiffness and some shoddy cosmetics.
Review: Okuma Guide Select GS-761H and GS-761H Swimbait Rod Review, Rob Belloni
There are just a handful of user reviews of the Okuma Guide Select on this retailer website, each overwhelmingly positive and one saying he landed a 22-pound Northern Pike with it.
Review: Okuma Guide Select Spinning Rod Reviews, Contributors to Troutlet.com