Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western MI & Lake Erie tribs
Part of the upgrade to Gen 2 is a new handle and ( I think) a new spool bearing so you will be using the same spool, but it will be upgraded along with the drag and frame bearing. For extra spools, if you don't care about the upgraded handle and bearing you can use the Get 1 spools as is.
I have 4 upgraded Gen 1 reels and I am totally satisfied by the work and customer service from Hatch. One of the reels is a black/black and they inadvertently painted some the lettering silver. To remedy the situation, Hatch provided a brand new spool without batting an eye.