10-14-2015, 09:28 PM
Re: new donut fly reel
(my sound is out at the moment so I'll have to go on looks alone)
Personally I feel that it is gimmicky and unnecessary. Most reels you're only speaking of a 1/2" or less change in "radius", some that offer a vast range in sizes like the Orvis Mirage (I-VII) an inch. With that in mind, we're speaking of what I suspect are expensive spools (in that the bearings and I assume clutch are internally mounted to them), along with what is likely a more expensive frame.
Personally, if I had to have just a single frame using multiple spools, I'd simply consider the largest I'd need and just add backing (even thicker diameter base layer backing to simply increase size) and go with that in that the change in spool weight is rather insignificant (as remember, it's the same frame).....If I had to have different sized spools, then I'd simply make the line guides top and bottom movable and not worry about the distance to the foot from the axle.
Finally, it looks as though the drag is a slotted screw adjustment. I don't want to have to rely upon a screwdriver or coin, or whatever to have to adjust it.......Finally as to drag, I don't particularly want a drag that is set up for a 9wt. when I'm using a 3wt.. Now just for spool over-run is fine, yet if using it for more (which I rarely do, yet many do), I don't want a 3wt. drag being too light for 9wt. fish, or a 9wt. drag being too heavy for 3wt. fish.
Lastly, in the end you still have a 9wt. frame (as to weight) for a 3wt. reel.
That all said, the reel will likely work, yet at what cost? My guess is that it won't be the least expensive out there, and on top of that the reliability of the reel in the end may have been sacrificed all for the sake of adjustment.
Just my opinion,
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