The new three-speed reel that Avet introduced at the 2012 Fred Hall Show is already causing quite a stir as anglers clamor to find out more about this innovative reel. The Avet forum on BD has been ablaze with questions as guys are dying to know when they can get one and why the company chose to put this new technology on an 80.
Avet’s Scott Throop said it was mostly a timing thing. The company had been working on adding an 80 to the EX line of reels and had also been playing with incorporating a third gear. It all came together for the EX 80 three-speed, which is also the company’s first 80 reel. Previously they only offered an 80-wide. This is also the first topless 80 offered by Avet.
“This 80 was needed to fill the gap between the EXW 50 and EXW 80. There has been a lot of request for it. This coincided with Harry [Alajajyan] wanting to make a three-speed, so the 80 became the perfect platform to start it out,” Scott said.
Code-named the “SCS” (Super Cow Special), the EX 80 will likely be a big hit with the long-range crowd. The reel is slightly narrower than the EXW 50 but it features more room to hold more larger-diameter hollow-core line and a longer top shot.
The additional 3.2:1 high gear makes the EX 80 a great kite reel. When you combine the bigger spool diameter with the 3.2:1 gearing, you are looking at an 80 that has the same speed as the EX 50 with the high-speed 4:1 gear kit.
The 2:1 middle gear will put the EX 80 in the ball park of the standard 3.2:1 high gear on the EX 50, maybe a bit less for cranking power on bigger fish, and the 1:1 low gear will be ideal for inching up those big cow tuna that dive deep.
The reel uses the same gear change functionality as other Avet reels. Pull the button all the way out for the highest speed. Push the button in once for the middle speed and push it in once more to access the low speed. Then hit the trip to access the higher gears again.
A lot of anglers are wondering why Avet would put three speeds on an 80 and not a smaller reel that’s more in tune with West Coast fishing. Well, Avet wasn’t just designing a long-range reel. The reel should be a good fit for chasing bluefin tuna in the northeast as well as big marlin around the world.
“The high gear is perfect for clearing trolled lines fast or picking up line quickly when a fish turns toward you,” Scott says. “You can comfortably manage fighting the fish in the middle gear, and the low gear provides brute power when a big marlin goes deep.”
Scott Throop also said the reel will be ideal for deep-dropping to swordfish on the East Coast. Checking baits won’t be such an ordeal in 1,000-plus feet of water with that added high gear.
Throop says the company plans to include three gears on its smaller 50-size reels down the road if the EX 80 is well received. There are currently just 10 of the new reels available, according to Throop, and one of them is currently being used out on the Independence. Avet wants to see which ratios are most useful before moving forward with new models.
It took the company more than a year to get this three-speed reel from concept to final product. They developed a prototype and made some changes after putting forth lots of thought and testing to get the exact gear ratio for the 80. They’d have to go through that entire process for the 50 because of the different spool size and handle length. But rest assured, if the public wants a three-speed 50 or a three-speed T-Rex, Avet will make it happen.
The EX 80 will be available in early April, 2012. For more information visit www.avetreels.net or check out the AVET forum on BD at www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/avet-reels-support. We will post more photos of the reels as they become available.
Low gear: 1:1
Med gear: 2:1
High gear: 3.2:1
Preliminary braided line capacity:
100-pound / 2,500 yds
130-pound / 1,700 yds
200-pound / 1,100 yds
80-pound / 750 yds
100-pound / 600 yds
130-pound / 450 yds