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Waterworks-Lamson ULA Force Fly Reels

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Mark testing a ULA Force reel with the help of John Day River guide Marty Sheppard. I used my first ULA Force Reel ( a 3X) in South Florida  in 2000 for snook and baby tarpon and was immediately impressed with its smooth drag, fast retrieve rate and light weight. Eleven years later I am even more impressed with the durability of the ULA Force reels.  Water temperature in the picture at left is 34 degrees. Air temperature is 29. The ULA Force series reels give optimum performance under a wide range of weather and water conditions.  
Mark Bachmann

These reels maximize the benefits of large arbor design by maximizing the arbor diameter-to-width ratio. The spool is large in circumference and wide, so that line is stored in a shallow layer. The increased circumference provides high retrieve rate and eliminates line coil memory. The wide, shallow line layer means there is little radius change as line is pulled form the reel. This results in constant drag torque during long runs and eliminates the risk of tippets breaking due to drag force gain.

DRAG SYSTEM The ULA drag consists of a pair of precisely matched conical elements which are drawn together with spring tension to produce variable rates of smooth rotational braking. By re-configuring the surface area of traditional disks into a pair of matching conical elements Waterworks-Lamson was able to seal the drag completely from moisture, salt and grit. And since the mass of the drag elements is centralized, the spool's rotating mass is much lower which makes the reel more responsive to light drag settings. Because the average radius of the contact surface is much smaller (being conical rather than disk-shaped), start-up torque is too low to measure. US Patent #5,915,639; other patents pending.

CLUTCH Most premium reels rely on a pawl type clutch mechanism. These are often vulnerable to stress related failure, contamination and wear. The ULA Force reels employ a Torrington zero-lash roller clutch. This mechanism relies on the locking effect of a number of ramps and rollers to achieve torque transmission. There are no "teeth" or "steps" to break off or wear out. And the zero-lash feature means instant engagement. This improves feel and eliminates "spike" that the reel, line and leader experience when a typical pawl clutch hooks up.

Finish  The finish that appears to be on the surface of each ULA Force reel is actually inside the metal and is part of the structural design.  All aluminum reel components receive grade III industrial grade anodizing.  This makes each reel nearly scratch proof and impervious to the corroding effects of both fresh and saltwater.

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