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Okuma SLV Diecast Aluminum Fly Reel
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- SLV Fly Reel 1 BB - 9" 4/5wt
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SLV Series Fly Reels
Okuma prides itself on delivering high-quality tackle to all types of anglers. With a large arbor spool design for blazing fast line retrieval, SLV reels keep pace with the fastest species in water. Features include a die cast aluminum frame, precision machined stainless steel spool shaft, one-way roller bearing and multi-disc cork, and stainless steel drag system. With a total commitment to advancing the quality of your fishing experience, the SLV selection begins with a 2/3 model and continues through 10/11. A variety of spare spools allow you to outfit your efforts with a selection of line types.
At A Glance
- Multi-disk cork and stainless steel drag washers
- Roller bearing allows the drag to engage in one direction only
- Precision machined brass bushing drive system
- Precision machined stainless steel spool shaft
- ALC: alumilite diecast aluminum frame
- Diecast super large arbor spool design
- Non-slip positive grip rubberized handle knobs
- Easy to change left to right hand retrieval conversion
Model Number: SLV 45
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The reel is very light and reels smooth. The grip is made of rubber and not hard plastic. The drag works well. There is a noticeable difference when you change the drag.
I would recommend this product to those who like me are starting to get more serious about the sport. The reel that I owned before this was the plastic one that came on the $40.00 rod/reel combo starter package you find at Walmart and Dicks, there is a load of difference between the two.
I need an upgrade from my cheap reel I had been fishing with since I got into fly fishing. I have a 9ft 4 PC Redington medium action and some SA 5 5 weight line I fish with. I am probably going to buy the Lamson Liquid later on but needed something for this fall and winter season.
The drag system on this is a washer pinch bearing system, the drag is adjusted by a screw that basically pinches a washer down onto a washer to tighten or loosen the drag on the reel. The downside to this system is if you fish this reel a lot and fish it hard, you may wear out the drag system vs a cone system in reels in the higher end reels (usually above $100). Other downside is if you are letting a fish run and want little to no drag on the reel and you unscrew the cap you risk two things, getting the drag system dirty because dirty and water can slip past the threads and the screw cap falling off because if you loosen to no drag 1 or 2 threads may be all that's holding the cap on.
But that is really the only issue. It is a heavier reel compared to a lamson, ross or sage but it's not that much more. Fit and finish are very nice, no sharp burs or edges and the drag system seems to be lubed with some decent tach bearing grease. It does have a quick exchange spool so if you want to go from a floating line to say a sink tip line you have that ability to do so while keeping the reel on your rod.
Fishing with it is great, I can adjust the drag fairly quickly and it has nice tactile feedback. Do note that there is clicking on the retrieve and no way to adjust it either. It lets line out very cleanly and after a couple dozen casts you quickly get a feel for what the reel is wanting to do and how to dial it in for you much line you're trying to send out.
Overall for $60 it's a great reel. However, my advice, save up and go buy something like a Lamson Liquid. Unless! You aren't sure about your long term desire to fly fish. But if you need to upgrade from a kit reel and like the sport/hobby, go spend some extra cash and get a better reel.
Good luck with your reel and fishing. Fly fishing is a great sport.
In my opinion, you are not going to find a better value. It's drag is nice and smooth. The quality, fit and function are great. Plus if you're a clutz like me and break it on a rock bc you slip in the river, then go out and buy another one. I could buy at least 3 of these reels for the same price as buying one billet machined reel. I love my SLV reels!