Hatch Iconic Fly Reel
The latest in a series of excellent reels, the Hatch Iconic Fly Reel is everything we have come to expect from one of our favorite reel manufacturers. The new reel has a bold (Iconic?) look with a more rounded overall shape than its predecessor, the Finatic Gen 2 reel. There are a couple notable improvements predecessor.
The first is porting at the base of the spool. All Hatch reels have a sealed drag, and we anglers have a habit of dunking sealed reels underwater. In a saltwater environment this can result in saltwater soaking into the backing and sitting against the inside of the spool. Porting allows freshwater rinse water to reach the salty backing and to thoroughly dry out afterwards limiting the possibility of corrosion.
The second major improvement is a much easier, more elegant method of changing retrieve direction. The new method is to remove the spool and simply unscrew the drag cover with the included tool. Then flip the one-way roller bearing over and screw the cover back on. Threading is fine and very precise and the two well lubricated O-rings seal the inside of the drag against the elements.
Every Hatch reel is made of solid 6061 T6 aluminum and finished with Type II anodizing. Hatch reels come with a Lifetime Original Owner Warranty.
At your request, we will rig this reel with Dacron backing free of charge. If you are purchasing a line and would like us to install both line and backing, let us know and we will have it fully rigged and ready to go. Add a note to your order on the shopping cart page to provide the following information:
- Would you like the reel set up for left or right hand retrieve?
- What color backing would you prefer? The free options are White, Fluorescent Yellow and Orange.
- If you are purchasing a line, would you like us to install it on the reel? If so, we will install the appropriate amount of backing for that line. If we will be installing backing without a line, we will go by the manufacturer’s specifications for the smallest line recommended for that reel. If you would prefer something different, please let us know.