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Cortland's Vista Turbine Fly Reel

🕔Mon, Mar 21st, 2011


What is one of the most common features that most anglers look for when choosing a fly reel? If you answered 'a smooth drag system', then you join the multitude of other anglers searching for the very ultimate in drag systems.

For 1998 Cortland has introduced a moderately priced fly reel which incorporates one of the most revolutionary advancements in fly reels for decades. Made from solid aluminum, this classically designed reel features the unique, patented Turbine Drag.

According to Cortland, "A turbine impeller is immersed in a special multi-viscosity fluid that produces zero inertial friction at start up. Drag is automatically increased as a fish increases speed. There is no drag adjustment necessary--drag pressure is immediately increased or decreased with every movement of the fish."

A review of traditional fly reel drag systems show that existing fly reels have inertial forces that cause the reel to "jerk" at start up of any run. The worst outcome of this is a broken tippet at start up. Also traditional drag systems cause friction causing parts to heat up and wear out. In contrast, the Turbine Drag produces no inertial forces at all. The result is an ultra smooth drag system that isn't hard on those fine tippets. The reel will allow you to "feel the fish" as the drag automatically responds to every movement of the fish.

Other great features are that the fly reels are fully ventilated and counter balanced. The Vista Turbine Reel also has a stainless steel center shaft, wood tone handle, and durable Gray finish.

There are two sizes available in this reel, both having the capacity to hold 100 yards of 20 lb. backing with any full length fly line. The six to eight weight reel is 3 1/2 inches in diameter and weighs 5.2 ounces, while the nine to ten weight reel is 3 7/8 inches in diameter at 5.6 ounces.

To contact dealers carrying these products visit:

Berry's Bait and Tackle

Fishing Pro Shops

Island Outfitters Sportfishing Centre

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