09-22-2012, 11:22 AM
Re: Fenwick Classic 8
I had this very reel.
It is non ported and heavy for the line size. Spool diameter is 3-5/8" with a width of 1-1/4" for a line capacity of 380 yards of 30 lb dacron backing plus a weight foward 13 fly line. It is convertible for right or left hand drive.
It is ANTIREVERSE to protect your fingers from injury. This is the weakness of the reel. It is not a direct drive but works by slipping. So it can begin to slip when you want to crank the line it.
My understanding is that the drag is two metal plates with lubrication of the faces. When a fish pulls out the drag, the plates heat up, the lubrication thins and the drag slips before it should and even if you crank it down, if you have a heavy tippet, you cannot stop a big fish from pulling out the line. In other words, the drag is not consistent but weakens as it heats up. That is why cork is used on many salt water reels. It is both compressible and does not heat up.
Here's a photo of my reel:
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