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simms 03-12-2011 10:35 AM

Nautilus FWX
 
Hey Guys,

Anyone pick up one of these gems? I have a 3/4 and its a beauty, however I have not been able to take it out yet...Damn ice/snow here in Massachusetts still have the rivers locked solid...

Was thinking about equipping one of my 6 weights with the 7/8 FWX's, so was hoping to hear some good reviews on these babies and you ya'll like them...If not the FWX, its gonna be a galvan.

Thanks, looking forward to the replies!!!

darwin 03-12-2011 07:57 PM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
I am looking at purchasing the FWX also and was hoping this thread would give the the 2nd approval I need. :yikes: I looked at this one on the Caddis Fly Shop web site and they say they used them for the guides and rentals, sounds like they love them. Give them a call, nice helpful guys.

ddombos2 03-13-2011 07:53 AM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
Guys, you might want to try a Search. There have been a number of threads discussing the FWX, particularly its use for higher line weights.

simms 03-13-2011 09:04 AM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
The search revealed only one POST onthe FWX...Please can you link me to others since you seem to know better?

ddombos2 03-13-2011 04:24 PM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
Try searching "Nautilus FWX.". It pulled in a lot more hits (some related to their other reels that need to be weeded out).

Really Recent
http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...-fwx-reel.html

You started this one, but there weren't many replies.
http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...t-fw-then.html

More below...

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...-sage-xi3.html

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...200-300-a.html

http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...ed-galvan.html

Didn't mean to be a jerk. It just ends up being really nice when this stuff finds it's way into a few good threads rather than spread out over a bunch of short ones.

darwin 03-13-2011 04:53 PM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
ddombos2 Thanks for information. :wiggle:
With the Nautilus being so light and weak on high end drag I may just stick with Lamson or Ross. I am putting the new real on an 11' 4# nymph rod and want a good balance. I do like the looks of the FWX and the reviews are fine for trout... I dunno what to do :rolleyes:
Thanks.

ddombos2 03-13-2011 06:08 PM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by darwin (Post 223896)
ddombos2 Thanks for information. :wiggle:
With the Nautilus being so light and weak on high end drag I may just stick with Lamson or Ross. I am putting the new real on an 11' 4# nymph rod and want a good balance. I do like the looks of the FWX and the reviews are fine for trout... I dunno what to do :rolleyes:
Thanks.

I own an FW 7 Plus, and no it isn't going to lock the spool down to an absolute dead stop. That said, I think the drag is functional for many applications. There are people who use the FW 7 Series on bones and steelhead. On a 4wt rod, how much drag do you need?

An FWX 3/4 or a 5/6 would probably be a good fit on a 4wt switch rod.

Lamsons or Rosses are good options too, as are the Galvans.

simms 03-13-2011 06:11 PM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
I have the 3/4 FWX and is sick...Plenty of drag for those pesky 16'' trout on the 8' 4wt.. :)

I am going to go witht he 7/8 for my steelie reel...i have a Galvan t-8, however this reel is more of a "back up"...Drag should be fine..>If not, thats why god made palms! :)

chicagojohn 03-13-2011 08:26 PM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
I also own a Nautilus FWX 3/4 and love it. I needed a reel to balance an 8 foot 4 weight, and this one did it the best. The reel is light, the drag system is very nice and certainly more than what you would need on a 3/4 weight rod.

I also own the Nautilus FW 5 reel for use on a six weight. It is only .4 ounces heavier than the comparable FWX 5/6. The old FW reels will accept the new FWX spool. Having owned this reel, purchasing a new FWX reel was an easy decision.

I have been very impressed by the quality of Nautilus Reels. My first reel was a Ross, and I still love my Ross Reels. Nautilus provides the same quality at a very competitive price. The FWX reels are actually slightly lighter than the Evolution LT series.

There are many fine reel manufacturers to choose from. Price inevitably plays a role in my decisions. Nautilus provides one of the lightest, highest quality reels for the price.

ddombos2 03-14-2011 02:55 PM

Re: Nautilus FWX
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chicagojohn (Post 224025)
I also own a Nautilus FWX 3/4 and love it. I needed a reel to balance an 8 foot 4 weight, and this one did it the best. The reel is light, the drag system is very nice and certainly more than what you would need on a 3/4 weight rod.

I also own the Nautilus FW 5 reel for use on a six weight. It is only .4 ounces heavier than the comparable FWX 5/6. The old FW reels will accept the new FWX spool. Having owned this reel, purchasing a new FWX reel was an easy decision.

I have been very impressed by the quality of Nautilus Reels. My first reel was a Ross, and I still love my Ross Reels. Nautilus provides the same quality at a very competitive price. The FWX reels are actually slightly lighter than the Evolution LT series.

There are many fine reel manufacturers to choose from. Price inevitably plays a role in my decisions. Nautilus provides one of the lightest, highest quality reels for the price.

This is not the first time I find myself in absolute agreement with chicagojohn. I like these reels up to steelhead and periodic saltwater. I'm pretty sure the Nautilus guys actually fish the FWX 7/8 on their light bonefish rigs. I would shy away from them on dedicated salmon, snook, and bull redfish.


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