Last week I receive my $600.00 cheque from Uncle Sam. It was a one time payment part of the economic stimulus package that congress voted on. The president hoped that this would help slow the economy from going farther into the shitter. Some will use it for paying bills or to fill up the Hummer. I was planning on using the money to replace some of the fishing gear. What I really wanted was a new reel.
Earlier that year, Erie Outfitters had several Kingpin prototypes just delivered. Kingpin use to go by the name Arnold Kingpin. I've heard of them, but didn't know anybody that had one. The reels did catch my attention and I was impressed with them. The folks at Kingpin listened to a lot of feedback when it came to developing this reel as it's more geared to the Great Lakes markets. First off, the handles were farther in and the clicker was placed on the bottom. The reel also had a sealed bearing housing. This makes grit or silt getting in almost impossible. But if grit or silt did get in between the spool and the backing plate, all you have to do is remove the screw and unscrew the knurled nut which holds the spool onto the backing plate. Simply remove the spool, clean out the grit and screw the nut back on. The reel also came with a wrench that removed the nut on the front, this allowed easy removal of the bearings. Instead of greased bearings, the company installed oiled bearings. The reel is on the larger size having a diameter of 4 7/8" and comes in several colors such as black, red, platinum, blue or a combination of colors.
Well I couldn't resist and asked to hold me a reel when they came in. After several months the first orders came in and I got the funky purple "steelie eater" Series II 478 fully ported reel. I'm sure I'll get some razzing from the guys telling me the color is gay and only homos get reels in purple. Inside the box was a certificate of authenticity which is sealed by a wax stamp, wrench and an extra rear nut. I got it spooled with backing and mainline and hopefully this weekend I get a chance to try on the Rocky for carp and catfish.
Oh yeah, I forgot, anybody interested in a reel?