Hatch 7 Plus Gen 2 Finatic fly reels made in USA.

This is the Hatch Reel that convinced us to sell them at The Fly Fishing Shop. Bruce Berry loaned Mark a 7 Plus for a week at sheelhead camp on the Deschutes. Its the perfect size for smaller Spey and Switch rods, as well as the perfect flats reel for bonefish and a host of other mid-size saltwater critters.

  • Model: 7 Plus Finatic
  • Line: 7 - 9 Weight
  • Backing: 250 yd. #20
  • Weight: 8.6 oz.
  • Diameter: 4"
  • Width: 1.125"
Up to 300 yds. of Backing, FREE!

Price: $650.00
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    Hatch Rep, Bruce Berry spent some time at our Deschutes River Steelhead camp last year, and left one of his pet Spey setups for me to evaluate for a week. The core of this outfit was a Beulah Platinum SP1266-4 rod, and a Hatch Finatic 7 Plus reel. We had already been a Beulah Rod dealer for a couple of years. Beulah has a solid fan club, and has always shown steady predictable sales growth with a minimum of hassles. Hatch is a comparatively new company, and I had been keeping my eye on it for a couple of years. The one that Bruce loaned me was the first I had ever used, and during my test, I landed five steelhead with it. In every way this reel impressed me. Hatch Reels are all business
    and Reel Smart. Frilly aesthetics are kept to a minimum. While they might look fine in a glass show case, you can tell that their true intent is landing trophy fish. There is no wood, and very little plastic in a hatch reel. Even the man-sized handles are made from machined aircraft aluminum. Hatch Reels have durability and reliability written all over them.

    Sealed is better. Hence the Drag cassette. Hatch employs a multi-disc stack in all models that is comprised of Rulon? and laser-cut stainless steel discs. With a multi-disc drag , you are applying braking pressure and heat dispersion over several surfaces rather than one to one surface braking on most drag systems today (i.e. metal to cork or metal to plastic). This stacked system virtually eliminates start up inertia and stick slip problems.

    This unique little design feature locks the frame and spool together with a bomb-proof connection, making a positive fit between the spool and the multi-disc drag-stack cassette for easyt spool changing and trouble-free performance.

    The frame of a Hatch reel is super-rigid to prevent warpage during the heat of the battle. The double bottom frame rails serves as the perfect hook keeper to provide protection for your hands while you are storing or carrying your rod. The ports in the foot riser preform the same task, giving you options for fly-keeper placement.

    Some will say this is a gimmick, but it?s really a matter of engineering principals. Possibly the original principal, a solid is always stronger than two pieces attached together. Also, by eliminating the screws you?ve eliminated the corrosion points. The folks at Hatch are well aware that reel feet can be bent if you are unlucky, and they will replace the frame if such a problem occurs. You've got to admit this type of construction looks damn cool.

    Some manufacturers enjoy making reel handles that are uncomfortably small. Hatch handles are built for anglers who are used to grabbing a hold of larger diameters.