UK Saltwater Flies - now stocking Hatch Reels from the USA.
By Austen Goldsmith
Sealed Drag? Cork Drag? Sealed Drag? Cork Drag?
I really must start counting sheep at night!
Never the less I have been perplexed with regard to this dilema for a few years and have success stories and horror stories from my experiences of both.
Two years ago the owner of a fly shop in Vancouver handed me a Hatch Reel. I was instantly impressed with the look and feel of the product. The innovative design combined with a rather sexy finish left an impression. I have now also heard great things about the performance of the sealed drag. It's great that they are going to be available in the UK at last thus we were more than happy to stock these reels. It was only a matter of time before Hatch Reels made their way across the Atlantic.
Below you will see the technical stuff. That aside the Hatch Reels are very classy upmarket toys and I'm sure they are here to stay.
Hatch Saltwater Reels
The Hatch - STACKED DISC DRAG
The majority of the drags in reels on the market today incorporate what we call one to one surface contact. Meaning that one surface (metal) is driven or drawn toward another surface (cork, plastic, carbon fiber, graphite, etc). Hatch reels take a completely different approach by incorporating a stacked disc drag. The discs are made up of a combination of stainless steel and Rulon®, and positioned in a stacked configuration.
The red discs are the Rulon®, the silver are stainless steel. Notice that you have braking surface on both sides of the stainless steel discs. 6 surfaces on the 3 Plus, 8 surfaces on the 5 & 7 Plus and 10 surfaces on the 9 Plus. Since braking pressure is happening to both sides simultaneously, the material is wears evenly. EBS is measured by the surface contact area of one disc times the number of surfaces it contacts.
EBS (EFFECTIVE BRAKING SURFACE)
Each size reel has it's own unique disc size and combination. The size and number of discs determines the EBS in square inches. Now this explanation is way oversimplified, but it's a start. If you're interested in knowing more please call us at Hatch.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?
1 More surface area makes for a smoother, more durable drag and virtually eliminates start up inertia.
2 Heat distribution occurs over multiple surfaces, rather than one to one surface contact,
thereby eliminating stick slip problems caused by extreme heat in high-speed runs.
3 Disc materials require NO lubrication or maintenance.
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