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The Arx is a reel built with purpose
Spey or switch casting a variety of lines with maximum line control and reliability. The continuing evolution of Spey and Scandi lines, shooting heads, flat mono, etc. demand a reel that can help prevent line snags while retaining the high performance you’ve come to expect from Waterworks Lamson. Arx has a full cage frame that encapsulates the spool to prevent line from escaping or snagging in critical areas. Normally a configuration like this would do a good job at preventing line fouling, but would preclude palming the reel. Arx is carefully milled on the bottom third of the reel to expose a functional palming section. Even the drag knob has been designed to provide optimal grip without exposing a portion of the reel to line fouling.
LINE STORAGE FORMAT Our large
arbor 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 drag system in all of our reels 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 we were 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. All of our 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.
HARD ALOX FINISH All of our premium reels
are offered in one fantastic finish only -- a proprietary combination of alloy selection and conversion
coating that we call “Hard Alox”. The term Hard Alox is taken from the anodizing process itself,
wherein the aluminum surface is converted to aluminum oxide. By increasing the coating thickness
and reducing porosity, our Hard Alox coating is much more durable than any other reel. Ask a dealer
for a demonstration and prepare to be impressed.
Hard Alox trumps the conventional and ubiquitous Type 2 anodize, a finish which emphasizes gloss
and color selection over durability. In place of Type 2 we offer you enhanced resistance to abrasion,
impact and corrosion and a look that tells the story of beauty which, while not being just “skin deep”,
actually does start there.