A relative newcomer to the tackle industry, 13 Fishing has made a big splash with its Concept reels and reasonably priced, high-quality rods. The new Omen line takes that innovation to the muskie market. The 8-foot, 7-inch heavy-action model I got my hands on made an impression right out of the tube. The reel seat has a rubber grip that makes palming super-comfortable. The rod also has a foam insert built into the cork handle of the butt section. I’ve had my share of rib rash from squeezing bare cork under my arm for 12 hours; this foam provides cushion and solves the problem. As far as I know, 13 Fishing is the first company to address the issue. I took the Omen out on all of my early-spring muskie jaunts this year and used it almost exclusively. It got a tough workout, and I liked the results.