Saturday, January 30, 2010
Why Hatch Reels Are Worth It
The trout sizes start at $400 and they're worth it. I've been using one for 3 years now without any problems and it is as fine a reel now as the first time I fished with it. The drag is smooth, has a sweet sound to it, and the tension adjustment range is effective with every click. IMHO the only reel I'v ever seen that would be the equivalent were the Charlestons, but the Hatch wins with the aesthetics.
The sealed drag, which is not unique to Hatch, is great in cold weather like today. There's just no way for the water to get into the drag mechanism, so it works great even when everything is frozen You might have to give the line tug to break the frost seal between housing and spool, but after that it's pretty amazing how well the drag works in all types of conditions.
Yes they are expensive, but so is a Cadillac when compared to Pontiac. They both get you to the same place but the ride in the Caddy is much more fun.