02 Aug 3-TAND T Series Fly Reel
3-TAND T Series Fly Reel
The 3-TAND T Series Fly Reel is “best bang for the buck” in sealed fly reels. Period.
Fully machined from aircraft grade aluminum and anodized in matte titanium and matte black finishes. The T-Series is heavily ported in such a way as to reduce the weight; but maintain the structural integrity. The handle has an easy to grip rubberized coating and the counter weight to the handle is hidden in the rim so as to not hang up on your line. A thoughtful feature that enhances the already elegant design.
There are four sealed carbon fiber drag washers that are is treated with Nano resins for added smoothness in the T-70 through T-120 sizes. I fished the T-70 last winter in the Bahamas for bonefish and was very impressed with the smooth drag and low start up inertia. The large center spindle is about a dime in diameter and this adds to the torsional stability of the reel when fighting a powerful fish. The drag knob itself is easy to grip with up to 70 adjustments possible and the drag system delivers up to 22 lbs of drag pressure.
The T-70 and T-90 share the same frame, as do the T-100 and T-120. Since the spools are interchangeable this allows the angler to change spool ‘arbor sizes’ to get more utility from a given frame. For example, The T-70 Large Arbor (8 wt with 200 yards of 20 lb backing) can be swapped with a T-90 Mid Arbor (10 wt with 220 yards of 30lb). The process to change the spools is three simple steps. This versatility is a very nice benefit of the 3-TAND design.
In the northeast the T-90 Large Arbor is going to make a great albie reel. Pair that with a GLoomis Short Stix 9/10 and an Airflo Sniper line and you have an outfit that is light for all day casting, that delivers the distance across a variety of casting abilities and that fights fish brilliantly.