Modern fly reels are designed from nearly every conceivable metal or composite available today, and the drag systems on some of them could stop a car. Yet some companies still find ways of pushing the envelope. Waterworks¿'/font> new Ultra Large Arbor Force Saltwater reel series sets new boundaries.
Fully CNC machined from aluminum, each Force Saltwater (FS) reel goes through a Type III anodization process to literally change the metal into ceramic for an incredibly durable finish. Combine the finish with an elegant sealed drag system consisting of a pair of matched conical elements, one a lead-bronze alloy and the other Delrin Teflon, which create variable rates of rotational braking without ever needing lubrication, and the FS series becomes an incredible fishing tool. This drag design keeps the start-up torque too low to even measure. The Ultra Large Arbor (ULA) takes the advantages of large-arbor design to the extreme and holds all the backing you'll ever need.
The ULA Force Saltwater is available in two models, the 9/10-weight ULA FS 3.5 and the 11/12-weight ULA FS 4. The 8.5-ounce ULA FS 3.5 features a 250-yard capacity of 30-pound backing, while the 10-ounce ULA FS 4 has a 300-yard capacity. The reels retail for $475 and $550 respectively.