The 5 Plus Iconic reel is a fantastic all-around reel for streamer fishing or throwing big dries to 20+” fish. Although you can put it on 5 through 7 weight rods, we think it is ‘spot on’ when put on a 6 weight. If you need a stand out reel for your Alaskan trout rod the 5 Plus is unbeatable.
Hatch Iconic 5 Plus Large Arbor
The all-around trout rod in Alaska is a 6 weight. From the beaches of S.E. Alaska to the rivers of Bristol Bay a 6 weight will cover your rainbow trout and Dolly Varden fishing. And there is not a better reel to match with your 6 than the Hatch Iconic 5 Plus. With its super smooth and robust drag, durable design that is built to take a beating, and striking good looks this is a reel you’ll have forever.
Iconic Reel Design Features
NEW LOOK: The Iconic Reel retains the now ‘Iconic’ Hatch window pattern with 6 ﬁns, recalling the original Finatic model. Instantly identiﬁable and classic, the Hatch look is simply Iconic. However, we were due for a style upgrade that can be seen in the shape of our drag knob – which brings depth – and our ‘H’ brand logo. We now use a bright dip ﬁnishing that brings out the shine of the machined parts while also keeping the strong coloring of matte anodize.
MACHINED REEL SEAT: We were the ﬁrst and now one of the only reel manufacturers to make the reel body out of one piece. It is an expensive way to produce the reel but has the advantage of never having a reel seat loosen up due to galvanic corrosion. For the Iconic, we have reshaped the reel seat for a more contemporary look.
NEW HANDLE/COUNTERWEIGHT: Our new handle design signiﬁcantly reduces the risk of galvanic corrosion. While we have retained the aluminum handle, it now has a softer look and feel.
NEW SPOOL NUT: New look, similar function, but with a big improvement. On the Iconic we have implemented a one piece design in order to prevent pieces from coming apart.
NEW SPOOL DESIGN: In many ways, the Iconic spool is similar to previous models, but with a few key differences. We have ported the spool arbor which will allow lines to dry better on the reel after use – think of it as ventilation. We have also cut aesthetic holes into the Mid Arbor spools, making it much simpler than before to distinguish between a large and mid arbor.
IMPROVED SEALING: Through better design and concentricity, we have increased sealing by eliminating water entry points through subtracting superﬂuous components from past models.
IMPROVED STABILITY: The Iconic reel does not utilize a cassette to house the drag system as in past models – instead, it is now built into the body. This has decreased axial runout which creates a more stable and solid design.
NEW DRAG MATERIAL: Our new carbon-ﬁlled drag material not only dissipates heat faster but also creates a smoother feel. This is our smoothest drag system to date.
-Bright Dip Protection
-Type 2 Anodize
-Black/Silver, Clear/Blue, Clear/Red, Gray/Black
Hatch Premium Backing: WF5F-120Y, WF6F-100Y, WF7F-80Y
Brad Elfers has been a fly fishing & river guide in Alaska since 1993.He opened Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in 1998.
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