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halo7b 02-19-2010 09:55 AM

Allen XL 7/8wt reel/ WF8wt line
 
Box came in last weekend and inside were the new XL reel and some line from Allen & Co, listed are some pics and a how to switch from right to lest hand reel use.

http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php...1/ppuser/22187

http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php...0/ppuser/22187

First impressions are that this reel look just like a Cabela's SLA reel, though I do not own one to compare, I have played around with them at the store.

http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php...7/ppuser/22187
Also ordered a spool of "green" WF8wt line, you'll notice this line come with a built in loop, something not often found with line at this price point.

http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php...2/ppuser/22187 Sealed bearings and very few tool marks on a fully machined reel
http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php...5/ppuser/22187

Switching from right to left is simple
http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php...1/ppuser/22187
remove cap nut off of back of spool, tap the spool onto something that will not mar the spool (I used a hard covered book) and out should pop the inner thrust bearing, simply take bearing and flip it around and reinstall in reverse order.

http://www.hunt101.com/showphoto.php...8/ppuser/22187
all lined up ready to go, will try it out on steels here in about 2 weeks as soon as I get a free time off of the day job.

bigskymike_mt 02-27-2010 12:43 AM

Re: Allen XL 7/8wt reel/ WF8wt line
 
great pictures! have you tried out the line yet? i just ordered a reel and thinking about getting a line in the future... it just seems too cheap to be any good....


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