Alvey & Snyder
Glas Combo Specifications
Snyder Glas Flame
Wrap Rod: FW7
||Snyder's Proprietary Graphite|
lever drag, free spool, fiberglass spool|
About Alvey & Snyder Glas: Alvey Reels Australia has
been producing their well known side cast reels for over 80 years. This
all started in 1920 when Charles Alvey, an English migrant, developed a simple
and durable reel that was easy to maintain and would cast great distances.
Today Alvey Reels continue to strengthen their position in the fishing business
by applying their latest technologies in fiberglass, carbon fiber, and graphite
materials. Alvey has also widened their product line by introducing other
fishing tackle such as rod buckets and bait pumps.
Glas fishing rods has been around since 1976 and was established by two very
experienced rod makers, Len Butterworth and Dick Snyder. Snyder Glas was
the first in Australia to produce a graphite composite rod suited to Australian
conditions. Today Snyder Glas has over 100 different blanks and this year
they take another step forward by introducing a series of new Flame Wrap rods and
blanks that employ their unique process to form a new style of graphite.
When we first received the rod and reel combo
we were very excited to see how the reel works. Steve Brown of Ausfish.com
gave TackleTour the opportunity to field test a new model of the Alvey reel and
the new Flame Wrap fishing rod by Snyder Glas.
Alvey side cast fishing reel does not look like anything we have ever used
before. The 5000XTLD reel looks more like a fly fishing reel than anything
else. The reel has a yellow spool that is 5 inches in diameter and it's
made out of fiberglass. One side of the reel contains the handle and a
graphite lever drag control for quick and easy adjustments when you're fighting
the lunkers. The other side, the back, is made out of graphite. The
back portion has a control that allows you to switch the reel to a right or left
handed position, plus the ability to turn off the drag allowing free spooling;
having the spool freely turn in both directions. This new model has an
extended base compared to the 500BCXL reel that employs a shorter base.
The Alvey reel has a 1:1 winding ratio and can accommodate a great amount of
Alvey 5000XTLD uses a 5 inch standard spool and a 1:1 gear ratio
Flame Wrap fishing rods are Snyder Glas's latest line of products that were
produced under an unique process that utilizes a new style of graphite that can
be used for many different applications. The choice for the Alvey 5000XTLD
combo is the Flame Wrap 7, a 6'10.7" burgundy spinning rod that sports 6
high quality Fuji guides. This muscular looking rod definitely makes a
good match for the Alvey reel.
Flame Wrap rod uses Snyder Glas's unique graphite that's durable enough for all
types of fishing conditions
entire combo feels good, but it's a bit on the heavy side. After extended
usage there could be fatigue. We will see how this combo performs throughout
Real World Tests: The 5000XTLD and FW7 combination was
designed for bass fishing. So we took the combo out for some
bass and striper fishing from a watercraft and from shore because Alvey reels
are known for casting long distances.
& Accuracy: Casting this combination at first was not simple
due to it being a different type of reel. It's similar to an Angler who
has just started using a bait casting reel. But after a little patience
and practice casting the Alvey-Snyder Glas combo is as easy as any other.
Alvey reels are world famous side cast fishing reels that can cast great
distances. Even though our Snyder Glas FW7's bottom guide placement did
not meet the Alvey reel requirements(the new models will meet the specs),
casting was still achievable due to the strong rod and the Alvey reel design
that allows your line to freely flow off the spool. For instructions on
how to cast this system visit Alvey
cast, simply turn the reel perpendicular to the rod like the picture shown on
the left. Then turn in back to the parallel position to fish
on the other hand is different. No, it's not bad, but it's just that this
combination is a bit large for casting it into structure or trying to aim at
specific points that are close-up. Now if you're in open water and want to
target a specific area that's far away, this combo will be good for that
& Power: The Alvey-Snyder Glas combo sets itself apart from
both the spinning or bait casting tackle in this category. It is because
this rod and reel has quite a different feel to it. The Alvey 5000XTLD
side casting reel has a 1:1 gear ratio and while working lures it's a totally
different experience. Working different types of lures using this combo is
exciting and actually allows you to sense what's going on. In some ways
you have total control of your lure because you're "one-to-one" with
what you're using. But because of the 1:1 ratio it does mean that using
some lures will require more work that usual.
Snyder Glas rod is nice for different types of fishing, especially when hooking
Stripers that rip the smaller rods out of your hands. This heavy built rod
has the power to muscle in the fish and the high quality components like the
Fuji guides make this rod a good performer.
Drag: The 5000XTLD reel has a good drag system. The Alvey
reel's drag settings can easily be controlled by the lever that's positioned
right next to your cranking hand. The drag system allows fine adjustments
and can achieve the maximum setting without any problems. The other
benefit is that you can turn off the drag by simply hitting another switch on
the back of the reel. This will allow you to use your hands to work the
reel like a fly fishing reel. Instead of using the drag you use the
friction from the palm of your hands.
drag lever is located right next to your hand when retrieving providing quick
and easy adjustments
Preliminary Ratings (?/10)
combo is built durable using good components. The last guide on the
rod needs to meet the reel's specification, which it does in the newer
casting ability of the Alvey reel was degraded due to it being an early
prototype. The latest Flame Wrap rods will have the last guide
placed further away from the reel which will allow further casts.
The rod is muscular and performs well for larger fish. The reel's
drag system functions well while battling fish that love to run.
ability to easily switch from left to right hand is beneficial
at first, but after a day of casting and retrieving, the weight and the
1:1 gear ratio does cause fatigue
rod and reel combo that's better for shore or open water fishing since
Alvey reels are known to casting great distances
Pluses and Minuses:
Simple and durable
Prototype didn't cast as far as it
A bit on the heavy side|
1:1 gear ratio could make working
certain lures difficult|