Frabill introduces Straight Line 101XLA Reel and Combos
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New for 2014 ice, Frabill has introduced the Straight Line 101XLA Reel and finely balanced, ready-to-fish XLA Combos.
The Plano, Illinois-based manufacturer, says that they offer even greater tactical versatility to its Straight Line range.
Line still feeds straight off the spool, eliminating line coiling and jig spinning, but the new lightweight 101XLA Reel features a large and balanced spool to maximize retrieval rate without the need of backing line.
For anglers who prefer gripping the rod handle – rather than cupping – the 101XLA comes complete with both short and long interchangeable reel stems.
To make operation easier when fishing with gloves, the 101XLA features an ambidextrous, oversized reel handle to increase sensitivity and fish-fighting control. Plus, even as the mercury plummets, the reel will still wind thanks to Frabill’s exclusive Sub-Zero® lube.
“Although I spend a lot of time cupping the Straight Line 101XLA when its cold, I’ll fish it more like a spinning combo with the long stem. Or, if I am fishing big perch with walleyes mixed in, there’s a benefit of using the long stem for more control and potentially bigger fish. It’s pretty cool that I can now match the reel to how I’m fishing that particular day,” said Brian ‘Bro’ Brosdahl.
Straight Line 101XLA Combos come in three lengths and actions. The 24-inch Ultra-Light 6915 Combo is designed for panfish jigging applications, while the 27-inch and 32-inch 6916 and 6917 Quick Tips offer versatility for various techniques and species.
The rods features a microphone-sensitive blank through handle design that telegraphs the slightest bites and aluminium oxide ice guides that reduce freeze-ups.
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