* Each reel is shimmed for better center line and free spooling performance.
* A special felt oil retainer in a new chrome friction adjustment cap has been added to retain constant lube on the main shaft of the spool.
* The end of the spool shaft is hand polished for better free spooling.
* Each of the gears in the reel are treated with special mil-spec high temperature aircraft grease.
* The gears are hand lapped for a smoother feel.
* The drag system is custom shimmed for immediate on/off response.
* The old 4-star drag adjustment wheel has been replaced with a special 5-star chrome wheel for quicker drag adjustment and response.
* Reels can be ordered with a side plate engraved with Don Iovino's signature as an option.
In addition, the drag washers are replaced with new Smoooooth Drag silicone washers, manufactured in Burbank, California, U.S.A. Smoooooth Drag is a fibrous material that is silicone coated and impregnated and readily absorbs and disperses heat. What this does for you is four fold:
1. It virtually makes the washer waterproof.
2. It makes the washer oil resistant.
3. By penetrating into the Drag Washer material, the silicone on Drag Washers acts as a self- lubricating agent so that as the fish is running, you have the silicone lubricating your drag system. The silicone has a stable viscosity from 30 below zero to 200 degrees above, with minor fluctuations in viscosity at 200 to 280 degrees. After 300 degrees, the silicone has a tendency to wear off the drags but because of impregnation of the entire washer, the silicone comes back to the surface as it cools down.
4. The silicone on the washer also acts as a release agent to stop the old problem of the adherents of the metal washer to the fibrous washer. The adherent of the metal and fibrous washers will happen with Smoooooth Drag if the drags are left tightened for any lengthy period of time (two or three weeks or longer). The best way to prevent this is to loosen your star drag after every fishing trip.
These hand made reels are considered a
in every sense of the word!
NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO PARTS PRICING AND AVAILABILITY!