2009 ICAST Coverage
Strike Tech releases reels with “Live Action Spools”
It is always good to see
innovation at ICAST, and novel ideas come in many different forms. With Strike
Technology this innovation comes in the form of a new reel that features a “Live
Action Spool” to create lure action beyond just a straight retrieve.
The Strike Tech AA looks like any
normal spinning reel...
Strike Tech isn’t a
company we have seen before at ICAST, and is a reel manufacturer out of New
Zealand. They currently offer three reels in their lineup all of which make use
of their LAS (Live Action Spool) design. The LAS allows anglers to choose the
degree of action that you want to enhance your lures re-action in the water. To
set the different degree of action anglers need only twist the top of the spool
which moves it away from the center of the spool. Doing so creates “pulses” in
the line that impart action on the lure as it is being retrieved.
...until you look at the
With each turn of the
handle the Strike Tech reel sends five action pulses to your lure. The design of
the LAS is simple yet ingenious and features a two piece spool that works like a
cam altering the speed of retrieve every time the bail passes round the spool.
Strike Tech calls this special
spool design LAS (Live Action Spool)
So what happens when a
fish strikes? When retrieving lures there is not enough pressure on the line to
bring the spool back to the original position but when a fish strikes the Live
Action Spool automatically returns to center and the carbon clutch smoothly
controls the run of the fish.
The Strike tech reel on the left
in normal position versus the one on the right adjusted
When first looking at the
reel in action it looks like the rotation would feel awkward but because the
spool is set differently only the rotor moves just like any traditional reel
spooling line on the spool from a different angle so the reel still feels smooth
though you can feel the pulses transferring down the line.
Strike Tech sells three reels the
red AA Model being the highest model
The Strike Tech reels are
offered n three different versions ranging from their higher end “AA” model
which features an all aluminum construction to the affordable “GG” all graphite
model. In the middle of the line in the “GA” which makes use of graphite body
and aluminum spool.
A look at the inside of the
adjustable LAS spool
Each one of these reels
come in 4 sizes and is able to accommodate lines ranging from 5 to 10lb test,
and all reels feature a 5:1 retrieve ratio. The GG model has a 2+1BB design
while the GA and AA model are both 5+1 and feel smoother and more refined. All
reels are specified for use in both fresh and saltwater applications.
Strike Tech makes use of a drag
underneath the spool
The Strike Tech reels may
be available from US retailers and e-tailers after ICAST as the company is
increasing their distribution but for now the reels are available online direct
from the company’s site at striketech.net. The GG model retails for $49-95-55.90
while the GA model retails for $88.30-99.80 and the higher end all aluminum AA
model costs $129.30-$149.90.
Sean Holohan at Strike tech showed
us the unique reels
Tech has an interesting product with their affordable yet innovative series of
reels making use of the Live Action Spool design. While most experienced angler
will likely prefer to impart their own action on the lures with a combination of
reel retrieve and rod movement the Strike Tech reels are designed to complement
that as well as make it easier for less experienced anglers to impart more
action to their lures. Simple yet smartly designed the Strike Tech reels do what
few reels are able to these days, and that is to offer something differentiated