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Clearwater Large Arbor Cassette

Finally a cast aluminium large arbor that's lightweight enough to balance properly with your favourite rod. Two years in design and development and with a powerful inline, Rulon to stainless, stacked disc drag that can hold its own with high-performance machined reels, the all new Clearwater Large Arbor cassette fly reel costs significantly less than its machined cousins, but has not only the looks, but the guts of a higher-priced version. Easily converted to either left or right hand retrieve, the Clearwater has a positive click drag knob for consistent settings every time. The innovative cassette offers extreme versatility and allows the angler to switch to the correct rig quickly and easily. Great performance, excellent versatility, and an incredibly low price. Cassette fly reel comes with two spare spools and a Cordura® reel case.
Average Customer Rating:
3.25 out of 5
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3 of 4(75%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Clearwater Large Arbor Cassette
Review 1 for Clearwater Large Arbor Cassette
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
real reel,
September 22, 2014
By: Anquila
from Nyc
"It is what it is, you have the optional cassettes to change lines, the process is not as fast as changing spools but it works just fine, I have one set for my #6 and another for my #8 for fresh water."
Review 2 for Clearwater Large Arbor Cassette
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
mixed feelings,
March 18, 2014
By: redfoxspl
"I bought this reel with the intent to use it with my spey rod but due to the line I have(airflow sagit 570gr) does not work with it. I have not used it yet and intend to use it with an 8 wt line. I do like the fact that it comes with 2 spare spoils along with one in it."
Review 3 for Clearwater Large Arbor Cassette
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Get the other Clearwater IV,
December 11, 2012
By: eieiomacd
"I returned the one I got and purchased the other Clearwater IV and an extra spool for almost the same cost. The cassette sits pressure fitted to the reel by rubber O-ring. The O-ring didn't seem thick enough and the cassette wouldn't stay seated. I didn't even put a line on it yet and it came loose and was scraping against the wall of the reel."
Review 4 for Clearwater Large Arbor Cassette
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
May 19, 2012
By: Roadrunner996
from England
"The drag is very impressive for the price and the reel feels smooth when winding in and when a fish runs !!
As long as you don't drag the reel through the mud and stones the anodized finish should last for some time.