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A P E X | ” the highest point of achievement “
Creating a truly next generation fly fishing reel has always been a dream at REEL Fly Fishing. Perusing new designs, pushing CNC boundaries, new carbon lattice drag systems and robust coatings were just some of the areas that we wanted to innovate when it came to really stepping up the local and international fly reel game. A good fly reel will have either a fantastic drag system, or amazing aesthetics, perhaps even offer weight specific design features, but with the APEX light range we held nothing back and obsessed over weight reduction and minimalist design. Designing a new fly reel is an incredibly exciting process, and after countless revisions and adjustments we settled on two final 3D renders. It was clear that both these sensational designs would need to make their way into production, hence we have two models: APEX and APEX Light.
The Design and Features
The APEX fly reel range is all about the details and weight specific features.
The design ethos behind the APEX Light was to create the ultimate open light weight fly reel with a minimalist modern design. Through the same use of the V-shape spool design we were able to remove the hoop from the spool, this helps to create that minimalist clean side profile. We stripped out every amount of material that was possible to save weight. The rear main frame arms, front spool arms and ventilation holes are a testament to this process. The drag system on the APEX light is identical to the APEX, however we adjusted the carbon discs to further reduce weight, and reduce lower end drag ramp up, making these reels incredibly well suited to extremely light tippets and leaders.
The current two weights for the APEX Light range have individual features that are specific to their weights. The APEX Light 5.6 has a full open frame design and a reduced maximum pressure drag system, this in turn helps reduce weight and maximizes fly rod balance. The APEX Light 7.8 features a full frame design and increased maximum drag pressure, we adopted this approach for the larger weights as their environment and usage demands it. A full frame design also increases overall strength and rigidity while the increased max drag pressure assists in tiring out large salt water species with ease.
A heavily textured rear drag knob controls a beautifully smooth completely waterproof barrel styled multi stacked carbon drag system that can be adjusted incrementally from zero (no free-spooling to avoid over-winds) to an almost immovable maximum pressure. A low audible click is present on both the retrieval/outgoing of the spool. Startup inertia and overall drag usability is an extremely important aspect of a truly next generation fly fishing reel, the APEX Light range has a multitude of different latticed woven carbon discs that provide almost zero start-up inertia while still remaining cool and maintenance free no matter situation. Different types of carbon weaves provide different attributes to a fly reel drag system, the heavier grained provide more stopping power whereas the smoother ones provide more ramp up and less drag pressure. The APEX light has a few extra smooth carbon discs to reduce low end drag ramp up, the APEX is the heavier hitter with an extra heavy weave to provide ultimate stopping power.
The days of having to service and care for your drag system is long gone, no need for oils/greases or lubes, the drag system innovation is the aspect we are most proud of.
CNC design cutting is pushed to the limits on the APEX Light range of reels, each reel starts out as a block of the highest quality A6060-T6 aluminum bar stock – the same quality aluminium airplanes are made from. Through an arduous amount of detailed highly accurate CNC needle point milling, the APEX Light is slowly turned and refined. Machined fly reels are robust, rigid and extremely durable in comparison to lower cost cast reels. The knobs, frames, spools, reel seat and other components are all new and unique the the APEX range and fully machined to ensure precise close tolerances that you can expect from a world class fly reel. We make use of a 5-axis CNC machine to create the design on both the APEX and APEX light range.
Model | APEX Light
Weights Available | 5/6 and 7/8/9
Arbor | Large
Colour | Dusted Black with bright red inserts
Anodizing | Type II dusted anodizing
Drag | Waterproof barrel style multi-stacked carbon washers
Spool | 3D rotar balanced spool
Retrieval | Left/Right hand
Packaging | White box with RFF protective bag and instruction manual
Seasonal sticker included
- Apex Light #56 | 164 g
- Apex Light #78 | 190 g