REVIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB
This is a review by Angler Management Fishing Charters that was posted in the “Hull Truth”
“I am retired and fish 4-5 days a week with the NLF-30. I have owned two of the NLF-30s for over two years and the reels perform as superbly as they did when new. I have landed hundreds of fish during that time including; Rainbow Trout (over 6lbs) Lake Trout (over 15lbs) in all types of inclement weather and conditions. The NLF-30 has proven to be extremely reliable and durable- I have had zero issues with these reels over the 2 years. The reel is also very easy to cast using a variety of line types. For most of my fishing I have spooled the reel with a monofilament backing then a premium 6-10 lb Fluorocarbon. I have matched the reel with a Fenwick HMX 7ft medium power, extra fast rod. I have been very impressed with how easy the reel casts and casting distance using this set-up. The no load main shaft support system works flawlessly when handling a large fish, the multi-disk drag (7 drag washers) is of high quality and very smooth under all settings. I really like the double mold soft grip on the reel handle as this provides a very comfortable and secure grip for a day of fishing. The reel has a great warranty, parts and service are readily available and Qualia customer service is excellent. For the price point this reel is outstanding and built like a tank. This is a very well designed, reliable, durable and smooth reel.” – Brian Ritchey
Q14 WAM Review
When you look at the angler management Q 14 wide reel, the first thing you notice is that it’s compact and simple in design. We set out to build something very simple with as few moving parts as possible using high-quality materials so that we could have a great reel that could tackle large fish, with as little maintenance as possible but most importantly have no breakdowns or failure points. We wanted to take some of the best features that we’ve seen and some of the current product offerings and incorporate the finest features from each Reel into our own to have the “ultimate all-around” product for our fishery here on the East Coast.
You’ll notice a simple high-quality corrosion resistant aluminum frame, all one piece.
The right side of the reel is also machined aluminum and you’ll notice that the real Seat being stainless steel is actually built into the frame instead of bolted on top, this creates a low profile as well as weight reduction in the overall product.
Second, as people who do a lot of live bait fishing we wanted to reel that didn’t have any slippage points in the drag as well as the preset knob. So we actually added notches to all of these so that they cannot slip while underway or mistakingly hit by a hand of an angler. You actually have to be paying attention to manipulate The preset knob or drag. Our drag system as notched as well and for the first 8-10 points (clicks) that we have they actually increase at about 1 pound of drag per click so if somebody wanted to fish 4 pounds of drag they just go to the fourth click. This is something that has never been done in any reel on the market previously.
Next, by removing three of the hex head screws, stainless steel by the way, you’ll have access to the right side and when you pull it off the first thing that you’re going to notice is the incredibly simple design. There is a large stainless steel gear that turns a large brass main/pinion gear which operates the spool. This is notched using a large 5/8″ square fitting which will never wear away or fail. This is the largest gear that we could put into this reel giving it ultimate speed when trying to retrieve line. As your examine the ball bearings you will see that the spool sets on three high-quality Taiwanese bearings, which are known for having super high-quality and used in some of the finest reels in the world. You’ll notice a larger right side bearing to handle the thrust load of the drag so that we can fish both low and high drag settings without having any additional pressure on the right side of the school, or “binding” which is very common in some lever drag reels on the market nowadays.
When you remove the drag pressure plate, which slips right off you’ll see the dog back up which actually slips over the main gear to keep it perfectly centered as well as keep it from moving side to side or make any additional or unwanted clicking noise whatsoever.
The large carbon drag washer that is heavily notched into the reel as well as greased with Cal’s grease makes this real very smooth whether it’s putting out 2 pounds or 20 pounds of drag.
Finally, as you remove the spool which is incredibly light weight you’ll also notice that it does not sit on a spacer so we’ve also eliminated an area where any debris or build that can occur maintaining beautiful for you spell in the real not only the day you take it out of the box but even after year with heavy salt water use. Next you’ll notice the clicker, we came up with a base for it to click against using a high-quality phenolic resin-based material so that we would get a pleasing “click” but not a rough clank like you hear on some reels nowadays. When you look at the actual pawl for the clicker you will see that it is held in place with two separate springs, this design is famous in the Tyrnos reel by shimano that’s been a top seller in the market for almost 2 decades. These simply don’t fail.
Clickers a very important asset for trolling as well as live bait and kite fishing because you need to have a light clicker that you can hear, that won’t break or fail over time, you’ll see that we’ve accomplished each one of those points in building a clicker mechanism on this reel. It’s a short review, a simple review, but it highlights the simplicity of this reel that is simply a bullet proof tank made to fish the way that we want to fish and hold up year after year after year.
If you’ve been following angler management in the development of some of the new reels that we have been working with Qualia on, then this review will seem very similar to our selfish series real, the 14WAM.
With the abundance of big sharks, and wahoo that we have here on the south east coast of Florida, we needed to build something that can stand up to heavy trolling at high-speed’s, as well as something extremely powerful for our customers to fight large sharks with and not tire out. Day in and day out abuse means we need a reel that can perform day in and day out without break down that’s where you’ll see the 50 wide that we have built is simply overbuilt.
You’ll notice a simple high-quality 3 piece corrosion resistant aluminum frame. We also added the notched drag feature as well as a notched preset so that unknowing customers or folks fighting fish cannot slip either of these at any time or while trolling/underway.
When you remove the left side plate via 4 Phillips head screws it will reveal a large 3/8″ spindle which the spool sets on, this needed to be overbuilt for durability so that there would be absolutely no flex when under heavy load. You’ll also note Taiwanese bearings which are extremely high-quality and many consider to be the best on the market.
Next, by removing 7 of the flat head screws, stainless steel by the way, you’ll have access to the right side and when you pull it off the first thing that you’re going to notice is yet again, an incredibly simple yet beefy design. There is a large stainless steel (2-speed) gear that turns a large stainless main/pinion gear which operates the spool. This is notched using a large 3/4″ square fitting which will never wear away or fail. This is a very beefy and oversized gear that we could put into this reel giving it powerful speed when trying to retrieve line. As your examine the ball bearings you will see that the spool sets on three high-quality well oversized Taiwanese bearings, including a large 1″ anti reverse bearing. You’ll notice like the 14WAM reel, a larger right side bearing to handle the thrust load of the drag so that we can fish both low and high drag settings without having any additional pressure on the right side of the school, or “binding” which is very common in some lever drag reels on the market nowadays. We also went with the International style clicker for indestructibility. Also note the use of two anti-reverse dogs for ultimate strength. The final thing you’ll notice that there’s absolutely no plastic parts whatsoever you’ll see that everything is high quality stainless steel or brass.
When you remove the drag pressure plate, via 4 stainless Phillips head screws you’ll see a large Teflon drag washer that is heavily notched in 6 Places into the reel as well as greased with a very special teflon grease that is capable of high heat and 30-50 pounds of easy drag.
Finally, as you remove the one piece solid aluminum spool you’ll also notice that it does not sit on a spacer like our other new models. This eliminates an area where any debris or build that can occur maintaining beautiful free spool in the reel not only the day you take it out of the box but even after a year with heavy salt water use. You want dependable power, here you go!
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