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Nautilus FWX Fly Reel Review

By Mark Boname 10/17/2013

Nautilus FWX Fly Reel

Nautilus FWX Fly Reel

With the success of their other top quality fly reels, Nautilus Reels has recently released their new FWX series of reels.  The new Nautilus FWX Fly Reel offers both upgraded and new features from their Feather Weight predecessor.  New FWX features include a Laser ID for marking line identification, TORQ-X one way clutch for instant drag engagement, redesigned lighter weight frame and housing, a light weight sealed SCF (carbon fiber) drag, and all the other standard quality features the come with Nautilus Reels.  Sizes range from 3wt sizes to 8wt sizes.  The Platte River Fly Shop stocks all four sizes and they come with free shipping and no sales tax. Another added bonus is that Nautilus offers their custom shop, which can anodize the reel in any color combination you choose upon ordering the reel, just call us at 307-237-5997 for custom color info. Add your favorite Scientific Angler, Rio or Airflo fly line to your  Nautilus FWX Reel order and we will spool all up for you so that is ready to fish your favorite water when it hits the doorstep.

Pricing and Line Capacities are as follows:

Model Line Capacity Weight
FWX 1/3 WF-2 +80 yds #20 3.4 0z.
FWX 3/4 WF-3F +110 yds #20 3.6 0z.
FWX 5/6 WF-5F +150 yds #20 3.8 0z.
FWX 7/8 WF-7F +200 yds #20 4.1 0z.

SIDE NOTE: After using the Nautilus FWX Fly Reels we have found them to be reliable in freshwater, but the drag system is questionable when used on a regular basis in saltwater. For saltwater we recommend the higher end Nautilus Reels like the NV or CCF. Other reels to consider for saltwater are the Tibor Reels , Hatch and Galvan Torque Fly Reels.




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