WaveSpin, the popular light-tackle spinning reel company with the patented and award-winning tangle-free spool technology launched a decade ago by the late celebrated angler Doug Hannon, is featuring its two newest innovations at the ICAST trade show July 13–15.
The Vision 65, the largest reel in the line, joins the smaller Legend 250 introduced last year as the top end pair of WaveSpin’s quality lineup. Both carry two-year warranties.
“Our reels cover all mid range price points and our brand-loyal customers are our biggest buyers,” said WaveSpin’s Russ Riley. “Many purchase several at a time, for themselves and as gifts for friends to experience the excitement of fishing. They’ll appreciate these versatile reels.”
WaveSpin’s exhibit number is 2966 in the Orange County Convention Center.
The Vision 65
Last year WaveSpin showed a prototype of the Vision 65, to pro fishermen, saltwater captains and many of Doug’s angling buddies. Each was asked to critique its construction, feel, appearance, line capacity, weight and price. Riley said these in-the-know anglers were very straight forward on what they were looking for in a quality reel, to serve a variety of their needs.
“Their criticisms gave us a clear path to our final production model,” he said. “After that, naming the reel for ‘the vision’ they shared with Doug was easy. He wanted to make quality fishing equipment, fun to use in fresh and saltwater, reasonably priced and problem free.”
The Vision 65 is WaveSpin’s first reel for anglers targeting a wide variety of larger offshore and inshore fish. It will also find a home in the hands of freshwater anglers pursuing meatier fish like salmon, musky, stripers and catfish with friction-less, tangle-free casts.
“It weighs just 19 ozs on a solid aluminum frame with precision metal gearing, eight high- end Japanese sealed-bearings, a super smooth 10 disc drag system producing up to three times stronger drag tension than top competitors, instant anti-reverse and the smoothest operation ever experienced. It holds 300 yds. of 12 lb. mono or 50 lb. braid and is retail priced at $169.95.”
Legend 250 receiving huge acceptance by anglers
“With a lighter weight on a gutsy CNC aluminum body (9.5 ozs), is the Legend 250, named for Doug. It sold out several times as anglers found its demand ideal for targeting bass, walleye, pike and trout, plus inshore saltwater fish like snook and redfish and lists for $139.95.”
Hannon, better known by millions as “the Bass Professor,” was considered a genius on fish, fishing and perfecting tackle designs with which to catch them. He died suddenly in 2013. He’s enshrined in the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and nominated for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. WaveSpin company executives say they will carry on Doug’s legacy expanding the product line with more advancements.
“Doug would’ve been proud of the quality in these reels and the Triple Crown Award- winning MicroWave Guides now on more top brand fishing rods across the world,” Riley stated.
WaveSpin’s six reels are marketed on its website and at independent tackle stores.