A couple of weeks ago we were contacted by a representative of Piscifun (www.piscifun.com) and were asked if we had an interest in testing out the Sword fly fishing reel and provide a review. The obvious answer, “Of course!” We received the reel and have made a video of our review for your viewing pleasure. Most reviews are solely about the product and very little about who is behind it so, we thought we would change things up and provide the backstory.
Piscifun was started in 2013 by two high school buddies, Ben and Peter. Both men are avid anglers and share the importance of family, hence the company slogan “Go with family”. Even though a young company, on its first anniversary in 2014 they had sold 80,000 units, 2015 – 150,000 units and 2016 – 380,000 units; they are growing and making a name for themselves in the fishing community. Piscifun product development is based on angler’s needs with extreme focus on design and development. They are also committed to rapid and flexible product updates so, as needs change so do they.
The Sword fly reel has an overall appearance that is sweet! The CNC hallow design makes the reel light, we reviewed the 9/10 reel that weighs in at 6.7 oz. The reel is machined from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy; this type of anodized aluminum is the standard for surface oxidation of automobiles (rust proof), only requires to be rinsed with freshwater. The multi-disc cork and stainless drag system is very nice and comes with a large drag knob for easy adjustments. The spool is a medium to almost large arbor which will reduce line memory and facilitates quick like pick up. Lastly, the reel is fairly easy to switch from left to right retrieve; however it will require a small screw driver to pop the metal ring to flip the clutch bearing. The swapping from left to right isn’t a normal occurrence for most folks but, Nick and I will be sharing this reel and he is a south paw, lol. This reel honestly has the look, feel and function of many high end reels like a Taylor or Allen but, at a fraction of the cost.
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