Kistler Enters the Reel Market with Their Series 1 Casting Reels

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Kistler Enters the Reel Market with Their Series 1 Casting Reels

Post by Cal » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:22 pm

Kistler Enters the Reel Market with Their Series 1 Casting Reels

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Introduction: Though the majority of anglers won't admit it, for many, the task of matching rod to reel has grown far beyond performance considerations. Custom colors, handles, knobs all enter into the equation when trying to coordinate a one of a kind look to your set up(s). While we often joke about the ultimate taboo of matching a Daiwa rod or reel to that of a Shimano and how that combo will some day disintegrate due to the competitive karma, brand matching is an even more complex and intricate game. It used to be simple when there were only a hand full of reel manufacturers from which to choose, but now there are at least three handfuls listed on the pages of TackleWarehouse alone.

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Validating the dilemma anglers face trying to match the correct brand of reel to their fishing rods, a handful of the reel manufacturers actually started out as rod manufacturers. If you think about it, just about every reel manufacturer makes rods, so why not vice versa?

Enter Kistler Custom rods and their foray into this very segment of the market for 2021. Trey Kistler admits, their goal isn't to take over the market or even make any significant dent in market share. Rather, they simply want to offer options for those dedicated fans that like the idea of matching their Kistler rods with a reel bearing the same name. Naturally, I had to get my hands on one of these reels to see for myself, how it stacks up. Here's our look at Kistler Custom Rods's Series 1 casting reel.

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Re: Kistler Enters the Reel Market with Their Series 1 Casting Reels

Post by Slazmo » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:56 pm

Question, is the spool shaft Aluminum?
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Post by Cal » Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:55 am

It's metal... what type of metal it is, we have no way of testing.
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Re: Kistler Enters the Reel Market with Their Series 1 Casting Reels

Post by LowRange » Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:12 am

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I would day that the brakes are very similar to Shimano SVS. They swig on a hinge and the inward portion of the brake makes contact with an adjustable brake pipe just like SVS. Its basically an SVS clone. I had the same platform in BPS Bionic Plus flavor. It was a decent $60 reel that a buddy still uses to this day.
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Post by Cal » Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:35 am

Shimano SVS and Abu IVCB are both similar. It's all the same concept. Actual brake arms have a slightly different design in each implementation - including this one. They all perform very well.

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Post by Cal » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:17 am

For those interested, we just issued the following addendum to the article:

Kistler Custom rods informs us the 6.6:1 & 8.1.:1 options in their Series 1 reels will be in stock by the end of April 2021. Left hand retrieve options in the Series 1 200 sized reel as well as the Series 2, 100 size, in 7.3:1 will also be available at this time. Lastly, upon reading our review, the manufacturer will now have shallow spool options available for both the Series 1 and 2, 100 and 200 sized reels in June, 2021
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Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:15 pm

Cal wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:17 am
...the manufacturer will now have shallow spool options available for both the Series 1 and 2, 100 and 200 sized reels in June, 2021
How shallow? :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking:
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