Originally Posted by mcnerney
Thanks. I think it is a great tool, full of useful information. It is a pity that some reel manufacturers reels were not included (Nautilus springs to mind), my understanding from Trident is they asked all to participate/supply reels for testing and those that did, they tested.
Personally I think little emphasis should be put on the looks/finish etc, as that is very much in the eye of the beholder and budget constraints. An example is the Orvis reel, comparing it's finish with a Tibor at nearly 50% more £, hardly a fair comparison.
The other thing which very few reviews focus on is the fit of spools. One of my great gripes is when there is play in a spool when locked into the reel. I was was interested in a Hatch reel and as they are very difficult to find in UK, so mail order, was keen to inspect one. They had them in Belize at Turneffe Flats when I was there earlier this year. I was really surprised at the amount of play in the spool. I checked the reel over, made sure the screw cap was tight etc...it was play in the bearing/brake (there was no such play on their Nautilus reels). This means when the lines is being pulled out at speed, the spool has movement, a wobble if you like. Not satisfactory in my mind for high dollar reels.
My Sage has none, nor my Orvis and once the Abel has been tightened from its park position, none either.
It is this sort of thing that I would prefer to see reviewers focus on, rather than whether a reel will "impress your friends on the flats!!!"