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Reviewer: Paul Holmes from Leeds
After reading all the hype about this new reel from Wychwood I decided that after much deliberation that this was reel I would go for to replace my Vision Koma, which I incidentally trashed the drag on at Rutland last season. Although having never before purchased a Wychwood product, this was with some degree of trepidation. However the great price at Garry Evans (cheapest on the web and very helpful and pleasantly chatty assistant on the phone) along with the offer by Wychwood of a free spool for all purchases of this reel in April and the acclaimed solid drag system that this reel is said to be built around was the deciding factor for my purchase. The size chosen was the 7/8 weight to match up with my latest Airfo Airtec Nano 10ft rod, used mainly for reservoir boat fishing; hence why I didn't want an expensive reel as they do get bashed around a bit on a boat. On arrival my first impression of the reel was that it looked great although in the hand it felt slightly strange and I couldn't quite put my finger on what I was unsure about. After a good fumble with the drag settings, taking off the spool and then putting it back on again I realised that it was the matt textured powered coated paint finish that I was finding hard to get to grips with and can't help feeling that a nice coat of lacquer would really set this reel off looking a million dollars. Anyway not to dwell on the paint finish too much as I might even give it a coat of clear lacquer myself (I know it will bugger the guarantee but what the hell), this reel is actually quite nice indeed. The drag is very precise and very smooth, but I'll reserve any further judgement on that until after a few outings when I really put it through it's paces. The wide arbour has plenty of line capacity with enough clearance to avoid line trapping, even for people like me who have a tendency to not always wind the line back on the spool with an even spread. The option of different coloured spare spools (titanium, platinum, jade and copper) is a nice idea and I guess the custom colour combinations will look pretty cool, however having different colour spools to identify your different lines seems needless to me as I would normally identify the line itself from its own different colour. The casting of the reel is very precise and almost looks machined. On very close inspection there are some very minor imperfections in the cast (drag screw needs more finesse) but in general I would say its better than 99.9 percent of other reels in this price range. My only real gripe with this reel is the spool release which is quite a cumbersome thumb screw that could do with sitting a bit more flush on the side plate when screwed right down. More finesse needed here as I have nightmare visions of my line getting caught under this when playing a large fish. The reel comes in a basic cloth bag (a neoprene case would have offered more protection) All in all, quite a nice looking solid reel at a very nice price which I imagine will take a lot of beating and will give other competing brands a lot to think about.