The WaveSpin reel design changed completely the way that fishermen have dealt with braided line. The changes they introduced in their reels have rippled through the fishing reel world and now several other fishing reel manufacturers have copycat reels of their own.
During the Winter, when we aren't out in the boat on Puget Sound wasting our days away trolling for Salmon, you can generally find us up on a river chasing Steelhead around. My normal setup is braided line, with a bobber and jig or else a spinner on the end of the line.
The problem is that braided line loves to twist and get loops in it, birds nesting on your reel and that is no fun to deal with on 35 degree days when your fingers are half frozen. WaveSpin reels promise to eliminate the problems of wind loops in your line. I was skeptical, but wanted to try it out.
The WaveSpin reel series was developed by Doug Hannon, who most of us up here in the Northwest have never heard of, but he knows his stuff when it comes to fishing.
Since their debut, the WaveSpin reel system has won award after award from groups such as FLW Outdoors, and has even been adopted as the reel of choice for Disney Worlds fishing tours. No, I had no idea that you could go fishing at Disney World either, so don't feel left out.
Jerry Gibbs the editor for Outdoor Life Magazine, wrote that the WaveSpin reel represents "the first significant improvement in salt- and freshwater spinning-reel design in more than 50 years. What sets the WaveSpin apart from its competitors is that it's virtually impossible for the line to bird nest during a cast."
The construction on the WaveSpin reels is excellent. I hate it when reels have cheap parts, and plated handles because inevitably they peel and get sharp edges. The solid aluminum handle feels great in your hand and will take a beating. Though it can be a bit cold on bare fingers in the dead of winter. Mine is scratched up from getting banged on rocks and the back of our rigs and a regular reel would have the silver crap peeling off by now.
The Dead Stop™ No Slack Anti Reverse system is spot on and tight. The last thing you want to do when a finicky Steelhead or Salmon is nibbling on your lure, is set the hook and lose half a foot of line to the anti-reverse mechanism on your reel. This reel sets hooks immediately when you haul back!
Of course the important part of the equation is the claim that it eliminates tangles in your line. Loops are bound to happen with braided line, especially when you are fishing a float and pulling in line without much tension on the braid. The WaveSpin reels can't eliminate that from happening, but what they manage to do is catch those loops as they are coming onto the spool and keep them from completely screwing up your line.
Before writing this, I took my rod with the DH 3000 reel on it out to the Skykomish river to play with it a little more. Now the braided line that is on there is old, and has been there a while so it has a lot of curl to it. I spent the morning casting spinners and several times I looked down to see stripes of line cutting across the face of the spool.
These lines are loops of line that had formed and that the reel had caught and held on to. On a regular reel, these would make casting impossible as they tangle on the way out, but with the WaveSpin they pop right out on the next cast. That is bid deal since clearing a bird-nests from your reel is a bitch and cuts into time you could be fishing.
My thoughts on the WaveSpin 3000? One thing is for sure, It is staying on my river fishing rod, for floating braid, a bobber and jig for Steelhead. The combination of smooth action, full anti-reverse and ability to keep the loops out of my braided line is a winning combination.
Something that is really nice is that the WaveSpin reels aren't massively overpriced like so many good quality spinning reels are. Depending on the model, you can find WaveSpin reels from $50 on up. Not bad for a smooth casting, quality reel.