However, because I had been so used to ultra smooth Daiwa’s and Shimano’s I’m now thinking I maybe didn’t give it enough time.
I'm not targeting Vidar in this reply personally but...
Can someone explain to me, why we need reels that are ultra silky smooth, cost £500 but last 6 months, and that
is if you are lucky ? Shimano fit rust resistant bearing's and yet state, their reels aren't salt proof, etc etc
I've seen, hundred's of times, people assemble reels in shop, turn the handle violently and then watch the reel spin ?
Is this some sort of ritual ? why, what possible purpose does this serve. We never use reels in this way. No one can spin a
reel handle that fast in actual, practical use.
People say the VS is tight. Maybe, I don't notice it mainly because I choose reels based upon spool size and retrieve rate
If one reel pulls 27" and another 35" then 1 handle turn does exactly that. If i count to 1 per 2 handle turns, that is quite a quick
retrieve. In the case of my VS100B, 4 1/2 ft per second. Yes, they are rugged, no frill's, water sealed etc, they are NOT totally
immune to a bit of corrosion if you were to blatantly ignore their well being but, they stand a much higher chance of surviving
the abuse that usually follows when a reel loses it's newness, and you purchase another nice new bit of kit. The VS, or any reel
then, starts to get skipped when it comes to routine maintenance. This is when things start to go wrong.
It's like bail arms, you don't NEED one unless you are fishing for huge fast running fish that could hit immediately on the lure
hitting the water. Takes 1/2 hour to convert, seriously, easy to pick up the line after casting, it becomes so natural an action
you will forget you are doing it. If you have a bailed reel and yet, fold the bail back manually (all VS's are manual btw) then you
don't need it. Bail-less will actually be faster, lighter, and less to break should you drop the reel.