Hatch's All New Iconic (a NAFF Forum Exclusive)

sweetandsalt

Well-known member
Messages
12,814
Reaction score
2,216
Location
-
The fin-like porting and machined as part of the frame reel foot are iconic Hatch Reels design elements. They live on in modernized ways in Hatch’s new Iconic but virtually every other aspect of the new model is re-designed and improved. Not a single part of Iconic is backwardly compatible with Hatch reels dating from first generation Monsoon through most recent Finatic 2. Hatch reels have always been reliable and rigidly strong but every little issue brought to the attention of their customer service folks has been taken into consideration over the last few years of developing this all new design.

Hatch Iconic 4 & 5+ c.jpg
This 4+ is the Large Arbor and the 5+ a Mid Arbor...Note the additional round ports visually differentiating the options.
The aluminum handle remains but rarely an electrolysis issue developed between it and its stainless-steel inner shaft; it has been replaced with an inert industrial plastic shaft.

A preferred fly reel design element of mine is a captive, threaded spool lock retainer. No springs to fail as with a lever or push button. Hatch was a leader in popularizing this design feature and has, in the all new Iconic, simplified and strengthened the design using fewer parts.

A very important part of a reel to me is its aspect ratio. I dislike wide spools as they are far more prone to anti-intuitive, un-uniform line retrieval than are narrower ones. I’ve trained myself to level wind over a lifetime of angling but every time I glance at my reel during the conquest of a substantial fish I’m distracting myself by taking important visual attention away from what is most important. Hatch has always had intelligent width to depth spool proportions but the new design is improved by increasing the diameter and narrowing the width while preserving backing and line capacities. While the 3 and 4+ continue as a Large Arbor configuration, 5+ and larger offer the backing capacity expansion of an optional Mid Arbor design. As the appropriate level of backing on the spool fills it to the same point regardless of arbor size, the Mid Arbor shares the same retrieval rate as the standard Large Arbor…just with more string to spare.

On some earlier Hatch reels the indexed Rulon drag discs could slip out of alignment if the drag was loosened to the maximum as is generally recommended for storage. While Hatch corrected and retrofitted older reels some time ago, the new design has hard stops at minimum and maximum settings to preclude any possibility of such an issue. This is a lead in to what is the most relevant feature of this all new model. Gone are the machined Rulon discs and new are proprietary carbon hybrid drag elements called “550-C15” that are 200% more slippery at lower settings and far more sharply stout at higher settings. So incremental settings appropriate to fine tippet trout fishing are far smoother and refined while for big game and in the salt a much stronger drag is on tap. I do not have a pounds of strength number but have been informed it is mighty stout.

Hatch considers this new ultra-smooth and wide range drag module with an all new water sealing design to be a core enhancement of Iconic. Lightest to strongest settings are dialed over an approximate two full turns of the enlarged drag knob. Details on ordering and availability dates will imminently be published by Hatch dealers. The new reel is available in clear, black and grey type 2 anodization from 3+ to 11+. While the bonefish centric 7+ has gained a fraction of an ounce, the rest of the models are marginally lighter and these specs should also appear on dealer’s sites this weekend.

I have yet to spin the handle and crank the drag knob on one of these Iconics but hope to field one for trout and for the salt as soon as I can and will write a detailed fishing review then.
 

WorknPlay

Well-known member
Messages
49
Reaction score
62
Location
Driftless
Thank you for the information. With all of these new rods, I am in the market for some new reels. They look great and I look forward to seeing one in person in the future. Take Care
 

jwbowen

Well-known member
Messages
301
Reaction score
88
Location
Savannah Ga.
I have put one in the pre-order basket 3 times:((. Each time I think of my extra un-used Einarsson
3plus that fits my 9' rods well. Hopefully, the mod's will delete this thread as inappropriate and
I won't keep checking this thread.
 

myt1

Well-known member
Messages
1,515
Reaction score
210
Location
Scottsdale, AZ
What about the weight?

They still look like they are on the heavy side.

I also notice the arbor is straight across. On a number of new reels the arbor is concave and on some it is even asymmetrical.
 

hollisd

Well-known member
Messages
521
Reaction score
117
Location
Spain
What about the weight?
While the bonefish centric 7+ has gained a fraction of an ounce, the rest of the models are marginally lighter and these specs should also appear on dealer’s sites this weekend.
 

hollisd

Well-known member
Messages
521
Reaction score
117
Location
Spain
@sands the Finatic Gen 2 4+ weight is listed as 4.9 oz so are the trout sizes marginally heavier versus marginally lighter which you wrote?
 

dynaflow

Well-known member
Messages
924
Reaction score
214
Location
Byron Bay...easternmost point of Australia
Comparable Bonefish reels to the 7Plus would be the Abel 7/8N (6.8oz.) Ross Evo R Salt 7/8 (7.5oz.) and possibly the Tibor Everglades (8.8oz.) And Yes I have these reels,so the new Hatch is carrying a bit of weight.Other than that it has winner written all over it IMHO.
 
Top