Discussion in 'World Of PENN' started by No Cal Lou, Feb 20, 2017.
Should one expect a Fathom 40N 2speed to perform the same as a Torque in a 100lb fish environment?
Shogun uses them for the YFT at the Lupe. Work just fine...
Perfect with 80lb spectra cast really good low maintenance less expensive than the competition. I want to get another.
i can't speak for the torque, but i know it is built like a tank, and should be more robust than the fathom, but i caught 4 fish over 100 at guadalupe on the fathom 40nld, with no problems at all.
hope that helps
The Torque is a little stiffer framed and bodied. If you have the coin the Torque is the best all-around small LD made, not a doubt in my mind.
i would imagine the biggest difference is durability. for someone like myself who goes on 4-6 trips a year (1.5-3 days/each) there is no need to splurge on the torque. but for someone who abuses their gear the torque might be worthwhile.
Maybe, but with a truly heavy fish on the difference is going to be performance.
Fathom is very capable, but Torque is as capable as anything short of a VSX.
Fathom is chinese made. TRQ is US made. Better parts inside and the frame is stronger like John mentioned. Can't go wrong with either. I have been fishing the torques at the Lupe for the past 2 years and have had no issues at all. I love that it is also the lightest reel on the market. Both Great options but TRQ is for me..
So what line/leader class do you guys consider the FTH40NLD to be? I have a 25N and 30 and love them both, was thinking about the 40N but not sure what role it would play. Heavy yo yo/ dropper? I'm generally not a fan of narrow reels, if there was a 40 full size I'd already have it
40N excels at Wahoo Bombs or 80-100# bait/dropper/yo-yo.
It ain't a half bad 60lb bait reel either
I guess the issue I have is with the "narrow" spool, why would you want that? Why reduce your line capacity like that ? I started with 114 HLW's, my left thumb is a "level wind", not like I need to look at the reel to know that it's evenly packed. The whole "narrow" thing to me just seems so girly, is there a point I'm missing? Not trying to be a d*ck, I just don't get it. I do have the 25N on an 8' rod so it doesn't look too stupid but on a 7' bait/yo yo stick it just doesn't look right To me the balance is off, it doesn't feel right.
I like narrower. Less wobble on the retrieve and easier to keep the line level. But if you like wider then go wider.
If your throwing jigs all day a narrow spool is much more comfortable to use. Less hand fatigue from guiding your line back and forth the width of the spool, the line lays down more even on its own. Like hucklongfin said less wobble, less energy wasted fighting a reel that's wants to wiggle about helps reduce fatigue when your casting jigs all day. Same thing applies for speed jigging.
Another thing is how many lbs of drag a lever drag reel can produce and handle before you side load the bearings. Let's say you have two of the same model reels with the same capacity but in two different sizes, a 30 regular and a 40 narrow. Both hold let's say 500 yards of 50lbs braid. The spool of the 40n is taller then the 30, so the 40n is going to have a larger drag washer and more surface area creating more drag with less side load.
I guess if your fishing bait or the dropper loop it doesn't matter as much because your not reeling all day but I still prefer narrow for most of my gear.
I believe the 60 is just a wider 40n
I believe the 60 is just a wider 40n.
I was wondering about that, was planning to check that out today. Thanks.
Internally, they are the same. The 60 is wider, but it is also has a top crossbar, so it's not topless.
I agree completely with all these previous statements as I prefer the narrow reels myself. My 40 is loaded with 525 yds of #80 solid braid and it's never felt like not enough. How much do you really need?
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