Review: Nautilus FWX Fly Reels

The FWX reel from Nautilus is a new and improved version of their old FW reel.  Weighing in at nearly a half of an ounce lighter than its predecessor, this is the lightest machined aluminum disc drag reel available on today’s market.  The benefit of a lighter reel, is less fatigue after a long day on the water, making the next day that much more enjoyable.  This reel paired with a Sage One feels like holding a feather more than a fly rod.  The Nautilus FWX has a “Giga Arbor” in simple terms , its extra large, which makes line retrieval fast, I mean really fast, and also promotes fast drying time of line and backing.  Another simple, yet great idea from Nautilus is that on the back of the spools  they included what is essentially a dry erase board for writing what line is on your reel.  There is a little white tab that you can write on with Sharpie, when you change your line, simply wipe the old marker off with alcohol, and start all over.  It is simple to switch from left hand to right hand retrieve by accessing the one way clutch.  The one way clutch is housed in the TORQ-X housing, ensuring smooth start up inertia.  The reel is intended for fresh water, but is certainly safe to use in the salt as well.  I have personally been fishing this reel for over a year on my 5 wt. Sage One, and could not be happier with the overall performance and durability so far.

The FWX starts out at $265 for the 3/4 model, $275 for the 5/6 and $325 for the 7/8 model.  Spools are half of the cost of the reel.  This reel performs as well as reels in the $500 category, and as I said before, it is the lightest disc drag reel available.  We have them here at Sweetwater Fly Shop, if you want to see one in person, or ask more questions feel free to stop by or give us a call at 406-222-9393 and we would be glad to help.


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