Impressions: Enter our trip to Dream Lake Alabama during the Fall of 2008 with Shimano. The event was
our first chance to gain some on the water insight and experience with the new Curado and Citica reels, but when we arrived, Jeremy Sweet, Product Manager for fishing reels with Shimano pulled us aside to show us what he was working on. It was a true enthusiast tackle buff moment, but before we could see what he wanted to show us, the businessman in him returned and Jeremy swore us to secrecy. We obliged and what did he pull out but six prototype Chronarch Ds including two lefties!
The Chronarch D is essentially, an aluminum version of the Core
Realistically, all this reel is, is an aluminum version of the Core but what it represents is a return in form, color, and function of an old favorite – it is very reminiscent of the pearl white Chronarch
from the late
eighties but has a
more modern day
appeal with the
slick two tone
design that looks
like the paint
finish on an exotic
Though a little tall compared to the classic 100/101a...
Field Tests: Even though we were able to fish the prototypes at Dream Lake, we always wait for full production run versions to perform our final evaluations, so when the reels became available earlier this year, I did not hesitate to order one.
Zander also procured
a few and we set out
on a six month field
test that took us
from the California
Delta to El Novillo Lake in Mexico.
...it is still a very comfortable reel to palm.
Casting: Spooled with the hollow braid, fluorocarbon topshot method shown to us by Dean Yoshizumi, I paired my new Chronarch D7 with a Mattures medium heavy swimbait rod and fished wakebaits and big topwater lures with this combination during our entire stay. The primary lure I fished on this rig was the new, six inch, injection molded Punker from Black Dog Bait Company, and I was able to launch this bait unbelievable distances with the Chronarch D7. Overhand and sidearm casts alike, the Chronarch D7 was not intimidated with casting duties of this bait.
The Chronarch D comes standard with an 85mm handle...
Back home at Clear Lake and mounted on a Daiko BRSC-70MG cranking stick, I respooled the Chronarch D7 with some 14lb Sunline MachineGun cast and went to task with some large, shallow running cranks primarily Lucky Craft’s BDS3. The Chronarch D7 cast this bait equally well and equally far with no adjustments necessary in the brake settings between the two baits. Enough cannot be said about the smooth casting performance of this reel.
...and form fitting Septon Grips.
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