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Hardy Ultralite ASR Fly Reel

leah kirk

Hardy Ultralite ASR Large Arbor Fly Reel is touted by its makers to be versatile with the company’s new Ultralite ASR (Assisted Spool Release) large arbor. The reel’s spring-loaded cassette ejection system enables the angler to change fly line in seconds. The lightweight polycarbonate cassettes allow multiple lines to be carried on the water to adjust when the hatch tapers off and going deep is the only option. The Ultralite ASR system features a fast, easy-to- use spool release that actively frees the spool at the turn of a knob. To replace the spool simply slide back in place and reverse the knob. No tools are required nor a flat working surface to control parts during the exchange. Cartridges on the spool are easily changed with just a flick of a switch with the replacement engaged with a simple push fit. Each cartridge can be clearly marked for line identification with the fly line ID system.

The heavily ported, lightweight reels are ideal for the challenges of multiple-situation fly fishing. The Model 4000 is rated for 4- and 5-weight line, measures 3.75 inches in diameter and weighs just 6.2 ounces. The body is constructed with 6061 bar stock aluminum for lightweight durability and the spool built from a high impact composite. The 340-degree disc drag includes a multi-pad system with color-coded reference for easy tracking of the drag setting. The drag setting can be identified with a simple glance as the red dots on the drag knob clearly indicate a stronger drag and lighter drag settings are indicated by green. The drag can be configured from zero to maximum in just one turn of the knob. Five models are offered from the 4000 to the 9000 rated for 9- to 11-weight line. In addition to multiple cartridges, the reel is packaged with a soft travel case.