The Islamorada fly reel by Saracione Manufacturing Co. is designed for the extreme; Big Bonefish, Big Permit, Big Tarpon and Giant Trevally. Each reel features a large multi-disc carbon fiber drag system, treated with fresh and saltwater impervious grease for smooth action wet or dry. The drag system is controlled during the play of a fish with a repeatable lever action control arm. The drag control is enhanced by an engraved position indicator around the circumference of the reel frame. Drag settings are strong and positive in position, and repeatable time after time during adjustment. Further drag refinement is controlled by a preset "Range Set” knob that controls the lever drag range. This knob allows you to preset the entire drag range of the lever for the precise drag settings for tippet strength prior to fighting a fish. By setting your preferred drag load setting with the lever in the (1/2) drag position the reel allows you to increase and decrease drag load during the fight; resetting each drag position and load precisely without question.
The reel features a large arbor spool with a large easy palming rim for added control, and a large counterbalanced handle knob. Each reel is labeled in the target line class specification as a designated model; #8, #10 and #12. Line specifications are listed in 20lb micron for the #8 and 30 lb micron for the #10 and #12 models. All components are made from aircraft quality 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy are anodized with a beautiful corrosion resistant finish while all other components are polished stainless steel with a black Delrin handle knob for absolute durability. The drag system incorporates 3 floating carbon fiber discs run against heavily anodized aluminum drag washers. This gives us 6 times the swept drag surface of any single (glued) cork or fiber disc drag system. Carbon fiber material far exceeds the capabilities of cork drags most often used in saltwater drags. The carbon fiber works dry, wet with water or wet with oil or grease. By using the correct lubricant we have made a wet drag system that is impervious to slipping and sticking when the drag gets wet.
All of the moving components are lubricated with one common lubricate that is fresh and saltwater impervious. This means the drag can get wet, and when it is baking in the hot tropical sun melting lubricants that get into the drag discs do not affect the drag settings negatively. We designed the reel with an open wet drag so that we could run the drag against the wet cooling features of a spinning spool. A sealed drag traps heat and does not dissipate heat well. Heat caused by friction will cause drag failure at the most inopportune time; when we have that fish of a life time on.
All components are precision machined in our shop in Sandy, Oregon. Nothing that we make is sent to outside sources or made overseas. Drag washers are hand lapped to make the working surfaces perfectly flat providing ultra smooth drag performance. The multi-disc drag system provides tremendous strength and incredibly smooth performance from the first initial pull without any start-up torque to the longest sustained run.
No other drag on the market compares to the performance of our Islamorada reels.
- Diameter - 4 1/2"
- Weight: 13.4 ounces
Line size - WF12
- Capacity: 300yds 30lb/WF12F