Alex Broad – R Series Fly Reel, Part 2.
Couldn’t leave all the trout fishing brothers and sisters hanging out much longer, here are a few more details of the new “R Series” fly reels.
This reel has been the result of a long drawn out design process (well over 12 months), getting the balance of features and manufacture methods just right.
The aesthetics were inspired by the arrow head / dots we use in our Riverworks imagery, giving us a reel that looks a little different yet still retains its core look, feel and strength.
The R Series reel is machined from a solid billet of T6061 aluminium. This alloy is commonly selected for use in heavy duty structures requiring good corrosion resistance, eg truck and marine components, railroad cars, tank fittings, and high pressure applications.
R Series reels are Type 3 anodized, giving us the most durable wear and corrosion resistance available. The Frame has been anodized matte black and the spool matte gun metal, producing an eye pleasing contrast look, without being too “blingy” for the South Islanders.
The prototype testing was awesome, we were seriously impressed. This reel balances my rod perfectly and seems to have an uncanny knack of finding the fish (catching them is another story). We have developed an “Orbit” cork and stainless drag, a combination of “brutal tippet snapping” stopping power and weight reduction to create a fantastic drag suited for all freshwater and light saltwater applications. The “Orbit” drag is silky smooth with a nice click just to let your mates know your hooked up without being too ear piercing and annoying.
The large arbor spools reduce line memory and coiling, and also enable the angler to retrieve line quickly when that fish decides to run straight back at you! The spools have been designed with a slight “V” which creates a little more room for backing as well as helping to align the line and backing on to the spool.
The reels will be available in 3 sizes, R1 = #3/4, R2 = #5/6 and R3 = #8/9. While we don’t actually have the shipment in our hot little hands just yet, they are on the water and are expected to arrive very soon.
While this reel has been in development, another higher spec reel has also been developed. However this one is way more technical so wont be ready for a while yet. Expect a bomb to be dropped on the fly reel market this September…….
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