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Wychwood truefly SLA cassette reel - the review

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The new truefly SLA cassette reel from Wychwood - a great looking fly reel The new truefly SLA cassette reel from Wychwood - a great looking fly reel

Cassette reels have really become popular the last couple of years or so and this new EFFTEX award-winning offering from Wychwood could be just what you are looking for - read on to see what reviewer Terry Lawton thinks...

First Thoughts

The Wychwood truefly SLA cassette reel is presented in a smart brown Cordura-cover protective case with two spare polycarbonate spools. There is an internal moulding in the bottom that holds the reel and spools and two net pockets in the lid which hold the owner’s manual and warranty/care instructions.

 

truefly_case_openThe reel as supplied was a pleasant beige matt anodized finish – described by the manufacturer for some obscure reason as warm grey – with brown polycarbonate spools. It is also available in black. 

 

A lot of thought, time and effort went into the design, performance and look of the reel. Wychwood can be congratulated on producing a very good looking reel that is very well made and finished. The weakest aspect is the rather ordinary little handle.

 

The complete package sets a very high standard in presentation and shows the way that packaging of fishing tackle is going.

 

Performance and Opinion

The 106mm arbor of the truefly reel is claimed to be the largest in the die-cast #7/8 cassette reel market. This is matched by a weight of 200gms which is light in comparison to many reels, let alone of this size. The reel won the ‘Best New Fly Reel for 2009’ award at Efftex. The reel makes a subdued noise so when a decent fish takes line there is no “screaming reel” to alert the competition.

 

The shape of the spokes of the original design was changed to help reduce the weight of the reel without compromising its strength and rigidity. One pleasing aspect of the design is the hidden counterbalance. Instead of adding a lump of metal to the reel cage opposite the reel handle in the traditional way, Wychwood has taken metal from the inside of the two spokes nearest to the reel handle. Although the reel is die cast, some machining is used to produce a quality fit and finish. In the search for lightness I am surprised that the flange on the spool frame on which the cassette sits has not been drilled out.

 

truefly_drag_adjusterThe reel is easy to take apart and re-assemble. The centre nut is unscrewed with fingers – no tool needed – and then the cassette is disengaged from the reel cage. As long as you don’t pull too hard on the nut, it will stay retained in the centre of the reel cage. Another neat touch. Fitting a different spool is aided by aligning one of the little red dots on the edge of the spool with a similar dot on the cage. The spool is held in place by an O ring. Changing from right to left-hand wind, or vice versa, is simple but does need a screw driver.

 

The drag is adjusted by a sensibly-sized knurled knob with little arrows showing which way to turn it to increase or decrease drag. The design of the knob, which turns with a noticeable sharp click,  mimicks that of the reel cage. Drag adjustment is very fine and the drags itself is very smooth with little or no start-up inertia. While that helps protect fine tippets, competition anglers will appreciate the smoothness so that a decent amount of drag can be used to help subdue fish quickly.

 

Features

  • lightweight die-cast aluminium cage and frame
  • polycarbonate cassette spool
  • new RULON disc drag system concealed behind a hard anodised aluminium barrel for protection and strength
  • hidden counterbalance
  • 100yds of micro backing with a WF8 line

Cost

The reel, with two spare cassette spools (three in all), costs £69.99 and one spare spool costs £6.99 and two spools £9.99. 


 

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Comments (7 posted):

matt gregory on 21/10/2009 17:13:11
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The reviews seem good. Who's actually fished with one then?
urbanflyman on 21/10/2009 17:15:08
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Ive got one and they are very good ,but i have heard of one or two problems with some other peoples ,but mine seems fine :D and I'm looking forward to getting it out on the water .:D:cool::D:cool:;)
harryboy22002 on 03/01/2011 11:33:05
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Ive got one and they are very good ,but i have heard of one or two problems with some other peoples ,but mine seems fine :D and I'm looking forward to getting it out on the water .:D:cool::D:cool:;) hi do you find ,if you push the spool whilst on the reel it will slide very slightly on the spindle ? hope you get my meaning as if it moves very slightly:confused:
guest52 on 03/01/2011 11:42:33
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My pair are fine,i find them great to use. TT
sewinbasher on 03/01/2011 13:50:35
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The reviews seem good. Who's actually fished with one then? I've been using these for boat fishing and sewin fishing for most of 2010 and generally I have been pleased with them. I bought my first new, then two two extra spools and finally picked up another used version from a forumite so that I now have two reels and 6 spare spools which does me for my line options. As far as the reel goes it is absolutely fine and I find it as good as any other cassette option that I have tried in the past. It is light for its size, it has a good spool diameter and holds a WF7 plus a good amount of backing, (it will just take a WF8 and backing if required) and is pleasant enough to use. My only real (sorry about the pun) gripe is that the nice looking and robust presentation case is actually a waste of space unless you just want one reel and two spools. Any other combination makes it virtually obsolete and my two cases are currently not used as I need to have a total of two reels and six spools in my reel case. On balance I am happy that I have have finally found a cassette system that I can work with and represents good value for the money.
jamesjigus on 19/01/2011 15:05:52
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Prior to it being pinched, I wasn't too keen...I found that the spool "slipped" a little when playing fish which was a tad frustrating....I reloaded the backing and line a couple of times but it made no difference so I don't know if it was me or the reel itself. The reel itself looked the part and the weight was excellent but I have gone back to my old Orvis Rocky Mountain. The case is a bit pointless and doesn't accommodate enough spools etc for the serious angler.
james1983 on 20/01/2011 01:04:44
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my first one i bought the paint chipped and fell off with the slightest of bumps , and rubbing off on my hands when putting it onto the rod, also found paint in the lid of my bag which holds the reel , spools. it was replaced by the shop i bought it from , jubilee lakes ( anglers lodge ). but after a few outings with my second reel i noticed the spool would not fully click into place and slipped when pulling line off or reeling line back on. i think i have that sorted not tried since, but i really dont want to replace this one as i have had it some time and it has hardly been used. never dropped it so i doubt it is my fault. bit disappointed in Wychwood really because most of my other gear is Wychwood and never had a problem with quality etc. but the most expensive thing i buy from them and i have problems with.
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