The chart showed the load versus position of the reel’s drag. Initially, a sharp rise in force is shown but then the drag levels out. Force at different positions shows the qualities and characteristics of each particular fly reel. Hatch Finatic 7-Plus was the winner for drag strength while the Redington Delta and Redington Rise came in toward the end.
Trident Fly Fishing also determined that there was a major difference between the arbor size of various reels. The arbor size refers to the diameter length or “donut hole.” This can significantly affect how quickly someone can reel in a fish. Larger arbor sizes mean that fewer turns are necessary for bringing in the fish.
The Tibor Everglades were found to have the smallest diameter size at 1.58 inches while the Ross F1 Fly Reel was the clear winner with an arbor size of 9.79 inches. Next, the organization tested line pickup and received similar results.
The reels that were found to have appropriate narrow spool widths were Hardy Fortuna, Tibor Everglades, Tibor Signature, and Abel Super 8. As for spool volume, the clear winners were Sage 8080 and Hatch 7-Plus.
As fishermen often spend all day at the lake, the weight of their reel is also important. The heaviest reels were determined to be 9 ounces. The lightest fly fishing reel was found to be Lamson Vanquish 7.8LT.
Some other qualities that were tested include price depending on characteristics, sealed drag, drag sounds, warranty, drag strength, look/feel of the product, and the start-up inertia. The overall winner of most qualities tested was the Hatch Finatic 7-Plus reel.
With the help of ADMET materials testing machines, it is possible to conduct these type of tests and ensure that a quality product is being brought to market. Manufacturers can use the eXpert 2600 Dual Column Testing Machine to determine the mechanical properties that are most important to them. For further information on this machine, please contact ADMET’s Account Director for the Sporting Goods Sector Andrew DeWolfe at (781)769-0850 ext. 29.