Hatch Fly Reels Technology

Hatch Fly Reels Drag

STACKED DISC DRAG
The majority of the drags in reels on the market today incorporate what we call one to one surface contact. Meaning that one surface (metal) is driven or drawn toward another surface (cork, plastic, carbon fiber, graphite, etc). Hatch reels take a completely different approach by incorporating a stacked disc drag. The discs are made up of a combination of stainless steel and Rulon®, and positioned in a stacked configuration.

The red discs are the Rulon®, the silver are stainless steel. Notice that you have braking surface on both sides of the stainless steel discs. 6 surfaces on the 3 Plus, 8 surfaces on the 5 & 7 Plus and 10 surfaces on the 9 Plus. Since braking pressure is happening to both sides simultaneously, the material is wears evenly. EBS is measured by the surface contact area of one disc times the number of surfaces it contacts.

EBS (EFFECTIVE BRAKING SURFACE)
Each size reel has it’s own unique disc size and combination. The size and number of discs determines the EBS in square inches. Now this explanation is way oversimplified, but it’s a start. If you’re interested in knowing more please call us at Hatch.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?
  1  More surface area makes for a smoother, more durable drag and virtually eliminates start up inertia.

  2  Heat distribution occurs over multiple surfaces, rather than one to one surface contact,
      thereby eliminating stick slip problems caused by extreme heat in high-speed runs.

  3  Disc materials require NO lubrication or maintenance.

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REEL SEAT MACHINED INTO FRAME
A solid is always stronger than two parts bound together. Also, by eliminating the screws, there’s no worry about corrosion or the reel foot loosening. Ever.

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FRAME THICKNESS & DIMENSION
By adding dimension to the frame we create a backbone effect thereby increasing strength, durability, and the virtual elimination of lateral flex.

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CRANKS & COUNTERBALANCE
Our crank and counterbalance are equal in weight, eliminating cavitations in high-speed runs usually caused by uneven weight distribution on the spool.

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MACHINED FINISH & ANODIZE
We only polish surfaces that come in contact with the line. Then we apply a Type II anodize for a durable fi nish that holds up in both fresh AND salt water.

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SEALED MULTI-DISC DRAG CASSETTE
Rulon® and stainless steel discs apply even drag pressure and heat distribution
over multiple surfaces. Water resistant, maintenance free and self-lubricatingWater resistant, maintenance free and self-lubricating.

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MADE IN THE USA
We take great pride in how and where our reels are made. That’s why all Hatch reels are made in our own manufacturing facility in Vista, California.