The future just became more familiar. That's because Van Staal, the fishing reel manufacturer whose saltwater fly reels and bailless spinning reels have set new standards of precision engineering and manufacturing now also offers skirted-spool, bailed spinning reels.
The company has released two models: the VSB100 (which carries 225 yards of 10-pound-test mono or 320 yards of 20-pound braided line) and the VSB150 (which holds 340 yards of 12-pound-test monofilament or 330 yards of 30-pound braid).
Dunk Van Staal reels in the ocean, drop them on the beach or fish them in the churning surf. Any amount of abuse won't matter. They're designed to live up to the company's motto: "No Limitations!"
Bails have been made from titanium for strength, durability and lifetime corrosion resistance. Body and spool are machined from 6061-T6511 aluminum to make them tougher than any reel in their class. And the body is watertight and sealed to protect the gears and drag system cartridge from sand, salt and water. Washout slots allow sand to be flushed from the reel without interfering with casting or cranking.
Both models feature an oversize rotor clutch that provides continuous antireverse strength and delivers solid, hook-setting power. A massive, oversize stainless-steel main gear offers cranking power that rivals that of revolving-spool reels. The gear ratio for both is 4.75:1, with the smaller reel retrieving 29 inches of line with each turn of the handle and the larger one cranking in 32 inches per turn.
The ultrahard line roller is fashioned from titanium/titanium nitride to handle tough, braided lines without wear. A center shaft of the same material provides both strength and corrosion resistance.
The oversize handle is easy to grip wet or dry. A machined counterweight eliminates wobble while cranking. Each reel is balanced within a fraction of a gram.
The drag system is the finest to be found on spinning reels. It is waterproof and maintenance-free.
So now anglers can choose - bail or no bail - and still get the pleasure of fishing with a superior spinning reel ? a Van Staal spinning reel.
For more information and to find the closest dealer, visit www.vanstaal.com or call 800-718-7335. While you're looking, check out Van Staal's stainless-steel pliers. Fishing environments aren't friendly to iron and steel. But Van Staal's new 61¼2-inch stainless-steel pliers resist rust and corrosion. Ergonomic handles are spring-loaded for easy, one-handed use on a toothy catch. The tungsten cutter and anvil are great for big lines and braid, and are replaceable. A nylon sheath and coiled, clip-on lanyard are optional.