Keeper Alu reel £99.99

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tackle - Web: www.vi­sion­fly­fish­ing.co.uk Tel: 07703 609513

THE Alu reel is re­ally quite eye-catch­ing with its matt black fin­ish and metal­lic orange ac­cent colours. It is a nice sized large ar­bor for­mat with an open face de­sign and the reel cage and spool are made from diecast al­loy, while the drag knob, reel foot and re­tainer cover are made from ma­chined al­loy. Both the spool and cage have been heav­ily ven­ti­lated with a se­ries of holes to keep weight down but with­out af­fect­ing the struc­tural sta­bil­ity. There is vir­tu­ally no move­ment between the spool and reel cage such are the high tol­er­ances. The spool is re­moved by re­leas­ing a small lever in the cen­tre of the spool which re­veals the semi-sealed disc drag unit. The drag is smooth through­out its range and is ad­justed in ‘click’ in­cre­ments us­ing the large drag knob on the back of the reel. The reel is silent when wind­ing line in, and has an au­di­ble click when the fish is tak­ing line out. The han­dle has a soft polyurethane grip so your fin­gers won’t slip in wet con­di­tions. It comes set up for left hand wind, and if you need to switch it over just re­move the spool, re­move the e-clip that sits around the spin­dle with a screw­driver, flip the one-way bear­ing and re­assem­ble. The Alu reel comes in two sizes, a 4/6 and a 7/9, both at £99.99, and is sup­plied with a black ny­lon draw­string pouch.

VERDICT:

A strik­ing look­ing reel with its two-colour fin­ish. A com­pact large ar­bor de­sign and func­tions well. Only dis­ap­point­ment for me was that there were no spare spools.

The Keeper Alu has a dis­tinc­tive de­sign.

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