As fly reels go, there is light, and there is 'Ultralite.' Hardy, in there quest for constant improvement has created the lightest, strongest reel on the market with the Ultralite FW DD Fly Reel. FW DD stands for 'Featherweight Disc Drag' and is an innovation in ultralight design. It sets a new standard and takes weight reduction to a new level.
This reel is made primarily for light applications such as small rivers and light Stillwater fishing, but despite its incredibly low weight, it still maintains phenomenal inherent strength. What sets this reel apart from other reels on the market is that it features a fully functioning disc drag system that is exceptionally smooth and offers very little resistance in the off position. However, once you engage the drag you can control and land fish in an efficient manner - which is extremely important when you are using lighter fly fishing lines, leaders, and smaller flies.
The drag is made from carbon fibre and operates to a maximum of 1 - 1.25 lbs of pressure which is ideal for playing Trout or Grayling on smaller rivers. Usually, a disc drag feature is found on a variety fishing reels, however, it is Hardy's ability to creatively apply existing technology to new products that set them apart. What is even smarter is their ability to achieve this without increasing weight. The carbon disc does not build up any heat when exposed to considerable friction and is controlled by a colour coded mechanism that is easy to use and indicates the off/on position clearly.
The FW DD is a cool piece of fishing tackle, featuring an impressive array of features including, bar stock 66 aluminium which is anodised, 'push off' spool release which is simple to use and reduces weight even further, matches all light rods very well, and covers you from a #1 weight up to #5. It's a minimalist design but offers exceptional weight line control.
So if you like to fish light lines, light leaders and enjoy a delicate approach, this is the perfect reel for you. It sets a new standard in ultralightweight line control. Featuring the incredibly low weight of a click check reel but with the super smooth drag performance and low start-up inertia of a disc drag reel.
- Minimalist design to reduce weight
- Bar stock 6061 construction
- Stunning cosmetic design
- Reduced main shaft to eliminate weight
- Super smooth Rulon Drag
- Push on /off spool design to reduce weight
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