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Selecting Your Reel

How to match the right reel to the right rod to get the best out of your fishing.

You will need to consider…

• What kind of fishing am I going to do? (e.g. surf, estuary, rock etc.)
• Do I want direct wind or a drag style reel?
• Do I need a lightweight graphite reel or stainless steel back?

Also remember to make sure your rod is designed to suit an Alvey Reel.

• Does it have a low winch fitting?
• Is the first runner set approximately half way up the rod?

Types of Reels
Plain Reels or Direct Wind (THE ‘A’ and ‘B’ SERIES)
A‘ – Stainless steel backplate
B‘ – Graphite backplate

PHOTO both styles

This series of reels is the ultimate in simplicity of construction, with an absolute minimum of wearing parts. Consequently, like all Alvey reels, they are reliable and efficient in all conditions. ‘A’ and ‘B’ series reels do not incorporate a star drag action. As the fish makes his run, even line tension is maintained by the angler removing their fingers from the winding handles, and placing them under the reel, against the line still contained in the spool well. Quick reflex and awareness of the intentions of the hooked fish prevents loss of control, or injury from the reversing handles. Not all anglers desire a fast, free running spool, so the centre spindle fittings are designed so that they can be adjusted to any desired pressure. As the winding handles are attached to the spool, the retrieve is direct and powerful. With a little practice you will know just how much power can be applied to the line size being used, and have the ability to control the fish.

THE DRAG REEL (THE ‘C’ and ‘BC’ SERIES)
C‘ – Stainless steel backplate
BC‘ – Graphite backplate

• Non-reversing star drag and lever drag

PHOTO both styles

‘C’ or ‘BC’ type drag reel is the best reel for any angler who wants to handle big fish with ease. You will still have the benefit of 1:1 winding power but with the benefits of the drag mechanism. The multi-plate friction clutch of the Alvey drag reel gives a wide range of tension settings, which do not vary during the battle with the fish. Your drag control star nut, or lever, is easily accessible if adjustment is necessary while the fish is being played. With the drag engaged, the handles lock in a stationary position as the spool continues to give line to the running fish, but are ever ready to rewind when the fish allows it. Once the drag is set, you should never lose a fish, for even if caught with the non-reversing pawl disengaged, the even tension and slipping spool action are still applied while you hold the handle firmly and will assist to control the fish.

You would normally set the drag / clutch pressure on your reel to about half the breaking strain of the line and if more pressure is required you can still apply palm pressure to the line surface of the reel while the fish is taking line off the reel.

ONE WAY DRAG (THE ‘E’ OR ‘BE’ SERIES)
‘E’ – Stainless steel backplate
‘BE’ – Graphite backplate

• Positive wind star drag

The ‘E’ or ‘BE’ model reel is especially designed for the rock angler, but is equally effective for any surf fishing. It has an adjustable star drag to keep a steady safe strain on the line when playing a big fish. The handles are fixed to the spool, but can be wound forward to apply extra pressure to a fish or can be released at any time without losing control of the fish. When washing a big fish up with a wave onto a rocky ledge, the direct wind holds the weight of the fish as the wave recedes. When winching a fish up a cliff, the direct wind overrides the drag and will not let the fish slip back into the water and possibly cut the line on the rocks. A good fish in the bag will often compensate for the little extra cost when buying a drag reel.

REEL PROFILES

 

REEL BACKINGS

Suggested Rod and Reel Combinations.

To make it easy for you to work out which Alvey reel suits which rod, we have used similar model numbers for the rods and reels that go together.

 


Reel Models

Model

ROD Number

Length

Line

size

Use

Suitable for:-

40 Series:

40B,40B XL

ROD400

>1.5mtr (2pce)

Solid glass

3kg

Ideal Junior Combo starter outfit Whiting, bream & tommy ruff
40 & 45 series:

40B XL, 45B, 45BC,40A1s

ROD450

>1.8mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

3kg

Light Duty general purpose

Boat & estuary.

Whiting & bream
40, 45 & 500 Series:

45B,45BC,500B,500BC,

500A, 500C, 500BC XL

ROD500

>2.1mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

3kg

Gen. purpose. Boat & estuary Whiting, bream, perch, tommy ruff etc.
475 Series:

475B, 475CP, 475A5E,

475TCS, 455BXL

ROD475CP

ROD555

 

ROD555T

>Set up Centre Pin only

>3.2mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

>3.2mtr Telescopic

3-5kg

Estuary and Rocks Blackfish /

Luderick

500 & 55 Series:

500B,500BC,500A,

500C, 500BC XL, 55B,55BC

ROD550

ROD555

ROD555T

>2.7mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

>3.2mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

>3.2mtr Telescopic

3kg

3-5kg

Gen. purpose. Boat & estuary

 

Estuary and light surf

Whiting, bream, tommy ruff, trevally etc
55 & 600 Series:

55B,55BC,600B,600BC,

600BCXL,600A5, 6000BCV,

6000BCVRR, 600B XLTP (pink)

ROD555

ROD600

ROD600P

RODBJA

>3.2mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

>3.2mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

(As above in pink)

>3.6mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

3-5kg

5kg

4-6kg

Estuary and light surf

Estuary and light surf

 

Best ever all round estuary/ light surf

Whiting, bream, trevally, chopper tailor, tommy ruffs etc.
600 & 650 Series:

600B,600BC 600BC XL,

650B, 650BC,650BC XL,

650A5,650C5

ROD625

Medium action

>3.6mtr (2pce)

Quality

hollow glass

7kg

Surf & rock outfit Bream, tailor, trevally and salmon
600 Series:

625B,600B, 600BC,

600BC XL,600A5, 6000BCV,6000BCVRR

ROD625L

Light action

>3.6mtr (2pce)

Quality

hollow glass

5kg

Estuary and light surf Bream, whiting and trevally
650 Series:

650B, 650BC, 600BC XL,

650A5, 650C5,

6500BCV, 6500BCV RR

ROD650

>3.9mtr (2pce)

Hollow glass

7kg

Surf & rock outfit Tailor, salmon and bream
650 & 700 Series:

650B, 650BC, 650BC XL,

650A5, 650C5, 6500BCV,

6500BCV RR,700C5,700A5

ROD6500

ROD650GTS

>4.1mtr (2pce)

Quality

hollow glass

>4mtr Graphite

Telescopic

Collapsed 1.2mtr

7kg

Surf Bream, tailor

and salmon

Boat Series:

655BC, 655C52, 725C52,

700C5 650C5

ROD655

>1.7mtr (1pce)

Solid glass

15kg

Deep sea trolling & bottom fishing All species
Boat Series:

725C52, 925C52,

825BCV, 820BCV

ROD925

>1.7mtr (1pce)

Solid glass

24kg

Deep sea trolling & bottom fishing All species


Example: ROD600 will match with any reel in the 600 series ie 600B, 600BCXL, 625B etc.

Alvey reels require rods which are correctly set up in order to attain maximum efficiency from your reel.
The following points must be noted when purchasing a rod to suit your reel:
• Low winch fitting (about 15 to 20cm from the end of rod).
• To avoid restricting the line coils when casting, your first runner must be half way up the rod.
• An open runner centres line and takes tension off your finger when winding in.