Originally Posted by raspberry-patch
In US, Sage may have been first, but Loop was available and promoted for Bonefish and Steelhead in the 90s (I found Loop first). These tSage variants are not compatible with Danielsson-Loop, as the small differences in the spool prevents cross-over. (I learnt the hard way).
I started with Loop 3W in the mid to late 1990s after I was schooled by some steelhead on retrieve speed. I like the tension knob is on the same side as the handle (or no weird a$%! hand flipping to adjust), and I really like the ability to palm the reel.
I still have and use that same 3W on my Scott ARC 10' 7wt and also use the 2W for trout-small river conditions.
I no longer use the "original" Danielsson on Bonefish - Nautilus NV-G or a Danielsson drag reel.
On ACR 1173 has a Hardy St Aiden, but if I am bank casting SH Spey you will see the Scott ARC 7wt with the Loop 3W.
Danielsson is a first class act.
I have my first Danielsson Original reels since the early 90’s, when there was Loop written on it. This was the time when we had to pay at least double price for those reels...
Still have a Loop 3W and two of the Loop 2 (narrow reel, but same diameter as the 2W). The 2 is no longer made and I still use them for TroutSpey rods, also the 2W.
The very first Loop, made of Danielsson had screws to change tension. No possibility to change resistance while fishing (at least without a screw driver).
The new style Danielsson Original are made with a smaller frame, more holes in all parts and are even less in weight. The 2W is around the same weight as the older Loop 2).
I did never use my Originals for saltwater fishing, because of its open ball bearings. But all of my Originals are heavily used.
New plastic runners after 20 years and they are smooth again as new. Just send a letter to Thomas Danielsson. First class service for centuries.
Because of the annoying hand flipping to adjust tension you talk about, I also have to agree.
Additional to the said in my first post this is another reason I don’t use anything else than Danielsson Original and Control reels. The technical benefits, the thoughts behind it and the quality is simply unsurpassed in this price category.