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William
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Posted on 13/05/2005 at 11:03 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
I'm looking for a really sexy reel for 2/3 wt saltwater work. I'm thinking very lightweight with an adjustable drag that has extremely low start-up resistance capable of protecting very light tippets in the region of 3lb - 4lb but with the ability to operate in heavier tippet mode as required.

I have several composite / graphite reels as mentioned in another thread but the drags in the small end tend to be simple clicker-type drags - quite functional but a little coarse in their settings.

Low maintenance saltwater approved is critical.

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William




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Posted on 14/05/2005 at 08:19 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Take a look at the Old Florida Nautilus FW#3. I bought the #7, and they are a superb light weight reel.




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Posted on 15/05/2005 at 02:02 AM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Thanks Cris - didn't realise they did such a small reel - it's 4 ounces and 3.25" with a sealed carbon fiber drag which sounds perfect.

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Posted on 15/05/2005 at 01:01 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
William, what about a small Felty ? They are super smooth




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Posted on 16/05/2005 at 10:58 AM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Doesn't FW stand for fresh water? Think the anodising is up for the salt?




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Posted on 16/05/2005 at 11:58 AM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Martin - good point. Initially I thought so too but then read on the Nautilus site that FW means "Feather Weight" which left me thinking it was just a mini-version of the bigger Nautilus - however since you brought it up, I read a bit more on their web page and it actually says "designed for fresh water. So although it looks like its saltwater big brother I'm not sure now if it's saltwater capable - I'll have to ask them that question. BTW here's the link:

http://www.nautilusreels.com/Reel02.asp?ReelSize=Nautilusfw

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William
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Posted on 16/05/2005 at 12:19 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
So I submitted my question about the Nautilus FW and salt water on their site - and then checked the the FAQ section - doh Here's a cut'n paste:

FAQ: Can I use the Nautilus FW series in salt water?

ANSWER: Yes. You can use the FW reels in salt water. However, as with most reels, when used in salt water, additional care must be taken when rinsing out the reel: The 1 way clutch must be thoroughly rinsed and lubed with a light to medium heavy oil/grease for rust prevention (on all reels prior to shipping from the factory we apply BoeShield to our 1-way clutches and bearings). Dry all fly reels thoroughly before extended storage.

So it seems okay for salt but in the question I submitted I asked specifically about the anodising - let's see what response I get.
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William
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Posted on 17/05/2005 at 08:32 AM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Okay here is the reply I got re using the Nautilus FW in the salt:

Dear William,

Anodizing is the same on all reels. The fresh water designation was made
because we use a 1 way clutch that is made of hardened steel that will rust
if exposed to salt. Plenty of people, including myself, use the FW reels in
the salt, but you need to be diligent about washing down, drying and
lubricating the bearing after use in the salt.

Best
Kristen


And another tidbit of info about the FW is that it can be switched from LH to RH but it's big brother has to be set to one or the other only at the factory.

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William




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Posted on 17/05/2005 at 08:52 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Hey William,
save yourself the hassle. Get a Felty and then you know you will have years and years of faultless service. They are totally proven and virtually bulletproof, oh and the drag, well we all know how good it is




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Posted on 18/05/2005 at 11:39 AM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
You'll need to look after the one way needle roller bearing in the Felty much the same as the one way clutch in the OF




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Posted on 18/05/2005 at 06:19 PM.Send to a friend Send a Private Message View Profile Quote this User
Hi Martin,
only if you take them apart in the water. The spindle is housed in such a way that an air pocket will prevent water entry. You must keep the spindle in a downward direction after rinsing.




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