Accurate is arguably the originator of the “big fish, small reels” mantra that has swept over the sportfishing industry over the last several years. If you ride sportboats, you have seen this evolution first-hand.
When it comes to Accurate reels, smooth drag is simply understated.
There is nothing worse that hooking a big fish and realizing that your drags are not up to the task as evidenced by the lurching, erratic bouncing of the rod as the powerful fish explodes on that initial line melting run. Above all else, this is the reason to own the patented twin-drag technology found only on Accurate reels.
BD Outdoors wanted to learn more about what goes into the making of Accurate reels, so I contacted Ben Secrest, the face of Accurate reels in the many YouTube videos the company has created covering application, maintenance, and other topics of interest to anglers. He graciously agreed to arrange a tour of the 100% made-in-America manufacturing facility. As a bonus, Doug and David Nilsen, who along with their dad, Jack, are the owners, were there to explain the process in-depth and share their stories about the evolution of Accurate reels.
This author’s first experience with Accurate reels, was indeed standing at the rail on a two-day aboard the New Lo-An a few years back, pulling on a medium-sized yellowfin tuna. I was using a fairly new medium-end reel and as the fish was running, my reel was going zip-zip-zip causing my rod-tip to lurch and bounce uncomfortably. I looked over at the angler standing next to me who had hooked-up at the same time. I noticed two things immediately. The first was he was using a reel about half the size of mine, and the second was the smooth and silent drag and the corresponding steady, smooth arc of his rod.
It was an Accurate Boss, and it was a thing of beauty.
We both landed our fish, but I knew that eventually my sticky drag would let me down at some point in the future, probably on a trophy-sized fish. Just like Wayne told Garth in the guitar store, I told myself “It will be mine”.
All Accurate reels are manufactured in their facilities located in an industrial park area near Interstate 15 in the Southern California city of Corona. Other than the large Accurate logo on the side of the building, there is no hint that there is a state-of-the-art reel manufacturing facility inside, building the reels used by discriminating anglers all over the world.
The space is divided into office areas up-front where the administration activities are handled, separate final assembly and quality-assurance rooms, with the large majority of the open-space in the rear devoted to the business of taking raw solid-bar aluminum and milling and machining it into the individual parts that comprise the final product.
David and Douglas Nilson proudly showed me how each CNC machine is dedicated to the manufacture of the separate parts according to the CAD/CAM program loaded into its memory.
Accurate began as an aerospace parts manufacturer, and they still manufacture parts for aircraft and even include Elon Musk’s SpaceX as a customer.
However, the primary focus is on building the Accurate reels.
They are busy building the newly introduced lower price-point Fury line, Boss Extreme and BX-2, Dauntless with its twin-dog and ARB bearings, Twinspin spinning reels, and the incredible Platinum ATD big-boys.
Once the individual parts are ready, they are moved on large carts to the final assembly area where the onshore workforce assembled the final product. David and Douglas explained that each reel is put through a series of quality-assurance tests. These tests are done by a different person than the one who assembled the reel. All of the pertinent data is entered into their database and using the serial number they can determine the history of each reels manufacture.
The same rigor that goes into the testing of aircraft and spacecraft parts is applied to your new Accurate reel.
With the potential for a repeat of last year’s epic and unprecedented fishing and the chance of hooking into triple-digit bluefin, wahoo, blue marlin, and the nice-grade yellowfin, there has never been a better time to fish an Accurate.