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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2019, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hardy Ocean Prince - Odd request?

Hi everyone,

Been looking at this reel for a while as an option for my 7115. Like many, I love clickers, especially with steelhead. Something about the different sounds, designs, feel, and how each fish uniquely makes these reels function.

So...does anyone use this reel? How would you compare the sound? Is anyone crazy or bored enough to send me a video of the reel in action? (Just cranking and pulling line from it)

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A Studebaker (if you're old enough to know what that is...

I have an Ocean Prince set up for use on a winter Skagit rod where conditions and fish are expected to be tough.

Because it is anti-reverse, handling it with gloves on is no problem (no spool palming required as with reels like many of the "clickers). You don't have to let go of the handle when a fish runs--a big deal when your hands are frozen stiff. You'll never get knuckle rash either, or jam the handle against a fish while trying to find the knob. You can still palm the rim too, if you choose to. Belt and suspenders...

Because it has a drag that will stop anything you're liable to hook into, there's never a worry about it lacking strength.

The outbound "click" is subdued do partly to the heavy and solid construction lacking any ports. I describe it as a quiet St. John sound.

Line capacity is plenty for heads and running lines, probably not for "long" lines.

You can PM me if you want to see and handle one, and if I'm close enough (Camano Island) that it is practical.
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I have an Ocean Prince set up for use on a winter Skagit rod where conditions and fish are expected to be tough.

Because it is anti-reverse, handling it with gloves on is no problem (no spool palming required as with reels like many of the "clickers). You don't have to let go of the handle when a fish runs--a big deal when your hands are frozen stiff. You'll never get knuckle rash either, or jam the handle against a fish while trying to find the knob. You can still palm the rim too, if you choose to. Belt and suspenders...

Because it has a drag that will stop anything you're liable to hook into, there's never a worry about it lacking strength.

The outbound "click" is subdued do partly to the heavy and solid construction lacking any ports. I describe it as a quiet St. John sound.

Line capacity is plenty for heads and running lines, probably not for "long" lines.

You can PM me if you want to see and handle one, and if I'm close enough (Camano Island) that it is practical.
Greg

Had to look up the Studebaker descriptor, but I get it now! Not too young (39) but not old enough for it to be part of my vocabulary. Haha.

This description is perfect. Thank you. I have a couple St Johns and know their sounds well, so this really helps. Greatly appreciated it!

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Studebaker! I love it. A company ahead of it's time.

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Hudsons, Packards, and Studebakers--among the best U.S. cars ever made. Sort of like old Hardy reels.

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