I was able to get my hands on the galvan and the hardy yesterday, and loved the both for different reasons....
pros; "seemed" to be beefier, the drag would stop the spool, the green and silver looked great, the stories of galvan service are great
cons; the drag knob had a little wiggle at lighter settings and the drag knob detents weren't as firm as expected...all in all not big, or even mild issues
pros; the drag was pretty sweet and very fine tuned, everything fit great whether the drag was tight or loose, I liked the look of the machining, overall very smooth and impressive
cons; the silver is very shiny!, there are exposed detents on the spindle/drag that I worry about with ice and silt, the amount of machining makes me worry if it is dropped, I don't know anything of their service being that this is made in korea and the company is owned by a larger group?, 5yr warranty
So, I may have to take another look at them, and maybe see what their manuals say about maintenance
Sounds like you eliminated the Hardy for valid reasons, quite canidly the warranty issue question on the reel and the Grey's streamflex rod is the only thing that kept me from going 10' 4wt with that set up. I went with Allen for the rod and put a Ross Evolution 2 on it.
Just my $.02 I love galvan reels but if I were choosing between a FWX and a the Rush Light I would go for the FWX. Why would I do that ?
I have the FWX 3/4 in silver and absolutely love it. The silver is not so blingy as to be distracting or reflective. The craftsmanship is awesome, the thing is silky smooth. The drag is very crisp and fine. It is on a trout rig so I've never tested it against anything bigger than a 14" Rainbow.
I didn't fish it this year in the winter so I cant comment to how it functions in frigid conditions. I fished my Ross Evolution LT 2 a fair amount over the winter and had no issues.
Sounds like you are like me and prefer to upsize your reel by one size since you are looking at the FWX 5/6 for a 4wt. I use a Ross Evo LT 2 on both 4wts. The FWX 3/4 is very comparable in size to the Evolution LT2
Gosh, the Hardy is leading the pack right now, if it weren't for the lack of warranty, the decision would be made...
Looks like I will have to get my hands on a Nautilus, but I am not sure it would blow my socks off enough to warrant an extra $50+.
I'm looking at up-sized reels to balance the 10' rod, and I am used to a bottom balanced setup coming from an 8' 2wt with the konic on it.
This will probably come down to writing them all on a piece of paper and drawing from a hat.
Sorry I misread you then, I assumed you ruled out the Hardy due to the shine factor and the detents for icing up plus the warranty question.
I think the Hardy is a beautiful reel and for the price is an excellent value. For me I am at a spot in life that if it isn't broke, it will be soon. I must have broke a mirror as I am on a run of really bad luck. I am now the guy buying the extended warranty on everything and saving receipts for everything down to coffee grinders. My mother in law bought us a coffee pot 3 years ago, I saved the box/warranty. Glad I did, I am on the 4th replacement in 3 years.....my luck sucks.
Example I bought a new Allen ICON, fished it, never fell never hit a tree branch ...nothing, only fished a size 18 mysis shrimp and sz22 blood midge so no beads hitting the blank. It literally on a cast I thought two sections came apart....nope just random break. To the guys at Allen' credit within 5 minutes of emailing them I had return instructions and had it back inside of two weeks for nothing. With my luck I need that kind of warranty.
I ended up putting a Sage 4230 reel on my zenith 9' 4wt. Have been very happy with fit, function, and the overall look. I purchased the reel in platinum for my setup but the bronze would look good as well.
Mysticm and Nickel- you guys hit it on the head. Took MY rod with me to get another look. While I was fiddling, the gentleman helping me let out some remark of surprise and pulled out an Abel in one of the three DeYoung trout schemes, all of which have copper/brown/bronze/tan whatever. Looked really cool. I asked to see a bronze torque, and by far, that is the absolute best looking color on the skeletal Zenith.
All that being said, Galvan Rush LT 5 in the clear is what I will be getting.
I pointed out the things from my "cons" list to the gentleman, and he set me straight.... Coming from the lamsons, no drag detents, and playing with the hardy first, "little" rotation between detents, I wasn't rotating the knob on the Galvan enough to get from one detent to the other. So every three or four "little" (false) rotations, each I was expecting to feel but didn't, id hit a real detent and feel it. The gentleman today kindly pointed out to me that I wasn't turning the knob enough (WITHOUT making me feel stupid). He then pointed out how many full turns were between locked down and baby light, and translated that to being more fine tunable. I bought that speech. I then realized the "wiggle" in the drag knob I was feeling before was due to being between detents.....whoops
I swapped between the Rush 4/5 and Ultralite 4000/5000 and the balance point moved around maybe 1/2"max with all being where the blank and cork meet or more towards the butt. The heaviest of them being the Rush 5 seemed to be my preference. Franly though, one could mount the four and hand me the rod blindfolded and I wouldn't be able to tell a difference. My thoughts with going to the 5 size are that if anytime in the future I have a legitimate need for a reel with a good drag, it will be on a heavier weight rod, and I have a reel for my 2wt already.
Thanks for helping out, sharing your thoughts, and listening to mine.
Out of due diligence, I was able to get my hand on Nautilus this weekend at Trouts in Denver. I was shown a black 3/4 reel and was not impressed. The spool had quite a bit of resistance reeling in, there were no drag detents, and there was quite a bit of play in the spool to frame fit. I then saw a size one, I had forgotten they produced a smaller size as well, and asked to see it just for fun. It was the complete opposite! Spun freely, great detents, great fit and no wobble. I then asked if they had a 5/6 and was told that there may be on in their stock room, but that I did not want that size as it was too large for my application. After some further insisting by me, the gentleman returned with a black 5/6. Just like the size 1, it was great. I asked the gentleman if there was something wrong with the 3/4 reel, and he played with it some and said that there must be, but returned it to the display case. He did not have anything positive to say about Ross or Galvan. I did look at some Hatch reels, which were very cool, but well out of my price range.
I talked further with a different gentleman and he told me that he felt the FWX series was great for CO, but that he had used it for redfish and it failed him the first trip out. He did point out that these were 20-40lb redfish, but I do not know if that is a great feat. He did say that he used the FWX for carp, and has no issues so far.
Overall, I felt that the Nautilus FWX was a very nice reel, but to light in actual weight for my liking. The reel I handled that I believe had an issue was a little concerning to me in that it was only a display model and had never been fished. I am guessing that it was dropped at some point.
Can't wait for my Galvan RushLT to arrive, as I think that I made a solid choice.
I have never fished the Glavans but have fondled them so much it could be considered a misdemeanor
Wierd on that 3/4 being like that, sad the sales person shoved it in the display and some one will end up buying it and then have to take action. I hear you on the overall weight of the 3/4. I didn't even try to put it on my 10 footer.
Post reviews of the galvan when you can, and a little rod/reel porn never hurts around here