performance over the long haul? (continued)
along the rivers edge we were greeted with plenty of ice, and little area in
which we could actually drop our lures in front of fish. We could see fish in
the deep pools below the ice, and even came across some monster brown trout that
were content to watch us below the protection of the solid sheets of ice.
With small pockets of water
accuracy was important, and the Sustain delivered
We even came across some
shallow pools which had become cut off from the main river a short while ago.
Here we were surprised to see small brook trout frozen completely solid and
suspended in the ice. As we trekked further along the rivers edge we came across
some deeper pools only half frozen over, here casting accuracy was paramount,
and with the crystal clear water we were glad we spooled our reels with 2 and
The Power Roller III
Sustain 1000FD will not cast as far as the larger Sustain models because it
doesn’t benefit from the larger spool diameter. As a result if you use thicker
and more rigid lines you will have a higher chance of shedding line loops. Match
the line to the application however and the 1000FD is both a quality and
accurate casting reel. With 2lb test even the smallest spinners cast with ease
paired with ultralight rods as short as 5.5” in length.
Opening up the reel for
In this category the Sustain
was no better and no worse than both the Stradic and the Stella. The Stella
should have cast farther thanks to the Super Slow Oscillation, and surely would
have with a larger sized reel, but in the 1000 size class all three were just
about the same.
Three way tie.
A closer look at the guts
Sustain is very smooth, and retrieves very similar to the Stradic, which
exhibited a very similar feel. While the Sustain has two more bearings it just
feels a smidgen smoother than the Stradic. Once we started fishing with the
Stella FB there really was no comparison. The Stella 1000FB armed with 11
bearings really blows away both the Sustain and Stradic terms of fluid retrieve.
In fact after fishing with the Stella it was hard to go back to the other two
reels, they suddenly felt just less “refined.”
The Sustain features a gasket
behind the rear plate to help keep out the elements
In terms of power the
Stella also felt the most powerful with just about any size fish on the line.
The Sustain and the Stradic both feature very similar gearing while the Stella
features a wider diameter drive gear, super slow oscillation, and a lower gear
ratio (5.0:1 versus 6.0:1).
The takedown took less than 10
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