Y'all have probably heard our stance on tradition, so we won't repeat it. But you prolly haven't heard that we HATES clickyclicky reels. Detests. Loathes. Right up there with yelling "Fish On!" in anything but an ironic manner - and then only amongst friends - or typing "Tight Lines" on innerweb message boards.
Anything that makes a racket is right out, and if our attempts to silence the reel will result in the reel not working, then we don't get it.
Every now and then, we have to make exceptions to this rule - but when we break it, the reel should sound like the purring mechanism of a fine timepiece, not some crazed French-Canadian lumberjack hopped up on meth.
Until a few days ago, we had only broken our "no dumb-sounding, Hey-Everybody-I-Got-A-Fish reels" a few times -Abel super 10 double-pawls can't be click free, but they RULE king salmon, and the Ari t'Hart triangles are just too sexy to mind that little whirring noise they make. Besides, both of those reels (and the sexy little Nautilus NV we picked up last year) are comparatively quiet, so while you might hear them close up, they don't fill the canyon with the strains of what sounds like a pile of screwing cats on acid.
So, we went and did it again. New twig, we figured, needs a new line-winder. That sexy little fish pole in the post below NEEDS a new reel, and some cat-scratch, cement-truck-sounding, "Traditional" Made in Korea reel wasn't gonna fit the bill.
Behold, the NV 10/11 G-8.
Holds fly string nicely, glints in the sunlight provocatively, has tolerances that would make an engineer heady with lust, and doesn't make any unacceptable noises.
Comin' up on less than 2 weeks, kids.
Can you feel it?