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

thomasw

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I confess that I like the Galvan reels, too. But as you guys above have stated, for trout one doesn't require a reel of the same cost or functionality as one would for the salt. Of that fact, as almost an exclusive trout man and dry fly aficionado, I find I do enjoy what SS termed elsewhere as a "shrunken salt water reels", (e.g., 2+ and 3+ Finatics), but I do acknowledge that my old lovely Hardys and Ross Gunnisons do the job just as well. I do not really find too much of difference in my trout landing when using a drag or clicker; both do the job fine for me. As el jefe said above, beyond getting the balance I desire on a rod (which is a preference, much as hand retrieve, as there is no universally agreed principle for determining the balance point), the aesthetics are very, very important to my rods. That's why I am sort of sad that Hatch basically abandoned those of us who are trout guys -- not that we need the Iconic in 2+ -- but because we lose out now on the opportunity to put a little, but very manly 3.2oz 2+ Iconic on our fun little 3 wts. I mean who doesn't want a rod that screams "I have a shrunken manly reel on me that could handle a steelhead or bonefish?" I know my rods want that, especially my GS 773, and what is more, a part of me shares this love of the rugged and the manly. In fact, when talking to my quiver, they have voiced the idea that, in no uncertain terms, they want the reel to hold the line needed and to make them look rugged and manly. I am glad this is how my quiver feels; likely it rings true for you rugged, manly chaps, too. For more on the importance of a manly reel, here are some further thoughts.

Not that I need a little Iconic, but it would have been a cool, rugged option for my little fun rods...
 
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Sweet, thanks for the review and your well written piece. Always good to learn about the guts of any of these sealed reels.
 

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Has anyone seen or bought/received their Hatch Iconic reel yet? Any first hand reports to make on the new reel? After looking at a few new rods of mine and going over the specs on the new Iconic reels, I am getting an itchy trigger finger. Take Care
 

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I have a 4plus black and grey. I haven't fished it yet. It is a nice looking
reel but so are a lot of others. I would have been fine with the previous
version of the 4 plus but the price of used one wasn't that much of a
price break. I never had any issues with my other Hatch reels and
the upgrades to this one probably won't make any difference with
the fish I catch. Here is the reel and another 4000 hardy for comparison.

I want to say its about 6.8 oz with the 5wt line I have on it.
The other reel is Hardy 4000 MTX-S about 5.5 oz with 5wt line. I did
a poor job of photographing the much larger spool size of the MTX.
 

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I have a 4plus black and grey. I haven't fished it yet. It is a nice looking
reel but so are a lot of others. I would have been fine with the previous
version of the 4 plus but the price of used one wasn't that much of a
price break. I never had any issues with my other Hatch reels and
the upgrades to this one probably won't make any difference with
the fish I catch. Here is the reel and another 4000 hardy for comparison.

I want to say its about 6.8 oz with the 5wt line I have on it.
The other reel is Hardy 4000 MTX-S about 5.5 oz with 5wt line. I did
a poor job of photographing the much larger spool size of the MTX.
Thank you for the pictures and information. Just like with my rods, I seem to be all over the place with five or six brands of reels that I use. They each go well with the rod I use them on, which seems to work for me. I really like Galvan and Sage reels for the trout and cutthroat fly fishing that I do. I just bought another Galvan Rush Light #6 reel today for a new rod. With that said, I have always wanted to try a Hatch reel and have looked at the old Gen 2 a few times. I do believe that I will try out one of the Iconic 5+ reels in the near future. I like that grey/black color they have as well. Take Care
 

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My last fishing trip of 2021 was to the tidal salt marshes in the backcountry around Jacksonville Florida. I was fortunate to have a really good guide, Capt. Jacob Benton, from local “North Marsh Guide Company”. Coincidentally, it happens that the partners in North Marsh are Hatch Reel aficionados, and I was able to expose Jacob to the first brand new Hatch Iconic that either of us had ever seen. My newest reel, this Mid Arbor, 7+ with 300 yds. of black Hatch 68# braid plus and an additional 100 yds. of Cortland Saltwater Micron 30# to fill up the arbor along with a new RIO SC Summer Redfish line proved a perfect match for an 8-weight SKY-G flats rod.

At a glance, the family resemblance to the top of the last generation of Hatch Finatics Capt. Jacob had on his skiff, obviously share the Hatch design language. It is a little deceptive as new Iconic is redesigned in almost every facet. Sure, the fin porting and integrated reel foot remain by are refined. The design elements that made Hatch Reels from the first Monsoons through Fanatic be the bellwether for many other modern reels; stacked and sealed, multi element drag module and captive threaded spool retainer remain as well…but let’s use our X-ray vison. Gone are the machined from Roulon composite material bar stock drag discs replaced by a new carbon compound, non-compressible and far more slippery disc elements. Like its internal components the drag module and its sealing design are completely new and thoroughly redesigned for water intrusion imperviousness. Even the threaded retainer is totally redesigned, and the knob’s face is now almost flush, gone is the raised lip that could graze a knuckle. The machining was excellent already and now seems even smoother and tighter in this family owned and built in California reel. Solid and stable as granite and handsome in its graphite grey with back trim anodization, this is an 8-weight ideal reel extraordinaire.

For full disclosure though, I am disappointed to admit my target species de jure, despite Capt. Jacob’s best efforts, the redfish, managed to escape my efforts to test this reel’s drag feel on their runs. I did have shots but alas. Of course, simply stripping line against the drag to be at the ready, felt exceedingly smooth and sharper than the previous Hatch drag and, non-measured, it felt stronger too.

Next up, springtime in the Bahamas following which I hope I can expand on this seminal reel’s performance.

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It was produced by Albright, it has held up very well and possesses top design features, stylish too.
 
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