Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Venture 7 Fly Reel

When I set out a few summers back to find the perfect fly reel for plying the salt at my local Southern California beaches, I never dreamed that I'd stumble upon this gem. Though not specifically designed for salt water use, the G. Loomis Venture 7 has what it takes to make short work of the feistiest of briny critters. Much has been said of bar stock aluminum fly reels and their relative strength without compromising weight, but the Venture 7 incorporates all of the craftsmanship, quality, and reliability in a light weight cast and machined aluminum construction. Without a doubt, this reel has features found only in the higher priced reels, such as a fully adjustable composite center line drag system that's as smooth as silk with a backbone necessary to put the brakes on long runs. The drag clicks through a multitude of settings incrementally. At first, I thought the nearly flush mounted drag knob would be difficult to adjust for a person with large hands but I quickly discovered that I could easily adjust the drag through a wide range of settings, even with wet hands. The spools are specifically designed to make changing a snap and they easily convert to a right or left hand retrieve. This reel is truly a thing of beauty with its unique champagne-colored finish. Many a fellow angler has stopped to comment on the appearance of my reel's rich anodized hue. This reliable and moderately priced high performance reel will surely put a smile on any angler's face, as it did mine!