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Jack Charlton MAKO Reel

The new reel is available in four different sizes, five versions and several spool configurations.

November 6, 2007
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Jack Charlton has a reputation as one of fly-fishing’s most innovative reel designers. So when he announced earlier this month that he was jumping back into the fray with his new MAKO reel, it caused quite a stir. The new reel is available in four different sizes, five versions and several spool configurations. The first in the series is the 9500, available with spools for 8- to 10-weight lines or a large-arbor spool for an 8-weight. The 9550 has spools suitable for 8- to 10- and 10- to 12-weight lines, and the 9600 is designed for 12- to 15-weight outfits. Big-game anglers will want to check out the 9700B, designed for blue-water applications. All reels continue the Jack Charlton design features of the legendary Signature Series, including fully sealed drags with O-rings and proprietary carbon-impregnated Teflon lip seals; oversized, calibrated drag knobs with one-turn stop to stop providing the full range of drag; a multi-disk, full-contact, carbon-fiber drag system utilizing “button technology” to eliminate start-up friction; Charlton’s “taperloc” quick-change spools and a three-ball-bearing spindle assembly. Each spool is laser engraved with the model and capacity. www.makoreels.com

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