The ECHO Ion reels are the best reel we've ever seen in the sub $200 category. They're made from what we call a "hybrid" design, cast in aluminum and then machined to provide the benefits of a machined bar stock reel without the high price associated with "fully" machined reels. All Ion reels are then coated with an impact-resistant, matte black finish to provide the best-looking, longest-lasting finish. Six sizes to fit any rod, starting with the 2/3 and finishing with the 10/12, which will hold the largest single-hand or two-handed lines with plenty of backing. ECHO Ion reels have stainless steel internal components and are primarily designed for fresh water use. They are not designed for, but can handle some exposure to salt providing extra care is taken to clean and lubricate them after each day on the water. At NZ$149 retail for the three smaller reels and NZ$189 for the three larger sizes, the ION reels are a "no brainer."
For the three larger reels we offer an optional heavier drag knob made from solid brass. This knob (sold separately) adds 65gm (2.3 oz) to the reel weight, helping the reel balance with the longest two-hand rods.
WHY THIS REEL?
Maintenance-free Rulon disc drag with low start-up resistance
Backlash-free, instant drag reaction from one-way roller clutch bearing
Positive position click drag knob
Lightweight, hybrid design balances with lighter rods
Incoming/outgoing audible click
Durable solid alloy construction
Fast line pickup large arbor spool