Re: Hardy DD Ultralite 4000 v Nautilus FWX 5/6 for Winston B2x 9' 6wt
I have the Access IV (7-9wt) on my 5wt. It is Anodized, the drag is sealed, I dunked it all the time, I put it on the sand. The sand got into the spaces but I just shook it loose in the water and no problem. However, I wouldn't use it as my go to saltwater reel, maybe for an occasional saltwater trip. I've had the Hydros IV as well, but that reel was heavy for my liking; 7.4 oz with the 8wt line n backing on. Beautiful and functional, but heavy.
This is why I am also in the market for a SW reel and into Lamson Velocity, Litespeed, Ross Evo 4 and Nautilus FWX 7/8. All have good drags, but different capacities in the backing. Lamsons have more backing than the other ones.
BEWARE...Once you switched, you can't switch back. :
and NO, I am not an expert, I just think like one.