Just Reels

Hatch Reels



I've been a Hatch dealer for quite a few years now. They are the one reel I still feature even though widely available elsewhere. I'm often asked why I seem to be making an exception for them. The honest reason is that they are that good, and I enjoy using mine too much to give them up. For 2012, the reel was redesigned into what they are calling the Finatic. Please understand that just the cutouts on the frame and the spool have been changed. The internal structure is identical to the former Monsoon and Pulse reels, and spools, etc. are interchangeable between the two models. The change in cutouts allowed them to trim away a bit more weight and to provide a somewhat more radical appearance. All Hatch reels feature a sealed drag system with multi-disc stainless and Rulon components which provide a very smooth drag, virtually no startup inertia, and quite a bit of top-end drag as well. In fact, the drag surface is measured in multiple square inches which is significantly more than on most reels. It also gives far more surface area for heat dispersion, and requires no lubrication or maintenance. The drag adjustment knob has detents and the spool release features a captive knob so that it can't fall into the drink when changing spools. Over the years, they've also added several sizes so that everything from a 0 weight to a 15+ weight system can now be accomodated. All sizes now feature both mid-arbor and large arbor spools, except the 1+ where only a mid-arbor is offered. I look at it this way: The 5+ is a terrific 5 weight reel with the LA spool and can easily handle a 7 weight with a MA spool. The same three flyline size range(at minimum ) is possible with all the Hatch sizes.

Color combinations available include silver with red trim, silver with blue trim, silver with green trim, silver with black trim, and black with silver trim. Currently I stock only the silver with blue trim. Since the company is located in California, which is also where all the parts and components are made, and keeps a good inventory on hand, if you want another combination other than what I'll have in stock simply let me know, and I'll have them dropship it to you.

 










Model
Dia.
Wd.
Wt.
Capacity
Price
Spool
1 Plus MA
2.90
0.85
2.8
WF2F & 60yds of 20#
$350.00
$150.00
2 Plus LA
3.0
0.85
3.7
WF4F & 40yds of 20#
$380.00
3 Plus LA
3.25
0.825
4.8
WF4 & 100yds of 20#
$400.00
$175.00
3 Plus MA
3.25
0.825
4.8
WF5F & 115yds of 20#
$400.00
$175.00
4 Plus LA
3.425
0.90
5.2
WF5F & 100yds of 20#
$450.00
$190.00
4 Plus MA
3.425
0.90
5.2
WF6F & 130yds of 20#
$450.00
$190.00
5 Plus LA
3.625
0.9375
6.5
WF5F & 130yds of 20#
$500.00
$205.00
5 Plus MA
3.625
0.9375
6.5
WF7F & 120yds of 20#
$500.00
$205.00
7 Plus LA
4.0
1.125
8.6
WF7F & 220yds of 20#
$600.00
$225.00
7 Plus MA
4.0
1.125
8.6
WF9F & 210yds of 20#
$600.00
$225.00
9 Plus LA
4.25
1.375
10.6
WF9F & 300yds of 30#
$750.00
$350.00
9 Plus MA
4.25
1.375
10.6
WF12F & 350yds of 30#
$750.00
$350.00
11 Plus LA
4.625
1.50
11.1
WF11F & 250yds of 30#
$825.00
$375.00
11 Plus MA
4.625
1.50
11.1
WF12F & 400yds of 30#
$825.00
$375.00
12 Plus LA
5.0
1.6875
15.6
WF12F & 450yds+ of 30#
$900.00
$400.00
12 Plus MA
5.0
1.6875
15.6
WF13F & 1000yds of 50#GSP
$900.00
$400.00


After some trial and error, I found that the capacities shown above are a little optimistic. I did some experimenting and concluded that they were not entirely accurate due to the fact that Hatch used a machine to wind the backing on about as tightly as was possible. While that means the reel will, indeed, hold that much backing, it would be hard to get that much back on during use as while fighting a fish it can be difficult to keep that same amount of maximum tension when cranking in. Failure to do so could mean having several feet or more of flyline that there'd be no room for on the spool. Call or e-mail me if you're confused by this explanation.

Call or e-mail me about reels from the Hatch Custom shop. I will not be stocking these, but they can easily be ordered for dropshipment directly to you.See the Hatch website and click on the Custom Shop to see what's available.

For 2013, Hatch has introduced their own backing. It is an 8 strand PE backing that handles like Dacron and is thinner than even comparable gel spun. It is 68# and measures 0.015". It has several additional advantages. First, it is WHITE. Those of you who have used gel spun know that white is very hard to find. Usually you end up with something that's moss colored or chartreuse. The problem is that the dies cannot penetrate the gel spun fibres so they're basically painted on. Eventually most of it comes off on the end of your fly line and on the inside of the spool. Secondly, 8 strand is round whereas most gel spuns are not. While you could probably make a case for either flat or round, suffice it to say that I prefer round as it handles better. Another thing you'll notice about Hatch backing is that it is not nearly as abrasive as almost any gel spun. That means, among other things, you're far less likely to cut your fingers when handling it with a fish on the line. It's also not nearly as tricky with knot selection and knot tying as most gel spun. I'm stocking it in a 400m spool which is $100.00. It is also available in 100m, 200m, and 1200m spools at $29.00, $53.00, and $293.00 respectively.

I also keep a small inventory of the Hatch Tempest pliers. They're 7.5" and weigh 5.6oz. They're crafted from the same 6061T6 aluminum that is used on the reels. The jaws and blades are stainless that is plated with electroless nickel for corrosion protection. Each comes with a nylon sheath with a belt loop. Both the jaws and the blades are replaceable. $200.00. . I have one Tempest pliers left in stock and will part with it for $125.00 due to it being replaced by the Nomad. Scroll down for a photo of the pliers. Please note: For 2015, Hatch has introduced a new pliers-The Nomad at $280.00. It is better than an inch shorter than the Tempest so it is better suited to being worn on a belt. It is also quite a bit lighter in weight than the Tempest. I have them in stock in the clear anodized finish. Photos will be up shortly.















Hatch Tempest Pliers