I’m looking at the pictures of the “broken Fin-nor” and I’m kind of curious of how the reel was broken. Looking at the reel and breaking down my own fin-nor I know now how it was broken….. A typical case of reel abuse, the part the guy failed to mention has nothing to do with the drag on the reel what so ever…. It is the reel handle that broke… and for that to break you have to apply a ridiculous amount of pressure to the handle while the bail was in a position where it could not be turned easily. Example if I am fighting a fish I would normally pull the rod tip up and reel in the slack as I drop the rod tip… I would never crank against a fighting fish…. That appears to have happened here. I do not contest that fin-nor may have had a problem with some of their reels but if we are going to give an item bad press then we should do it rightfully…. My only complaint with the reel is the weight. I have used this reel for Tuna, Wahoo… and the big others…once again you will need a arm for 0S95… as the weight of the others are pretty much in line with the staple. I think for the price, this reel offers performance at a unbeatable price. That my 2 cents
MrBig I thought since you're new here I would point out a couple things.
#1.) it's amazing that after looking at a few pic's you can determine
it was angler error in the breakage of the reel, regardless of the
highly-known shortcomings of this reel, and especially w/out fully
realizing the caliber of offshore anglers that frequent this board.
#2.) Even if the reel is getting a bad rap, it's probably not the most
intellegent to call out another angler's abilities with your 1st post
For the record, there have Been many,many complaints on this reel, from
boards here in the US, and Australia, Japan, Indonesia, etc. Patrick is the
first one that I've seen that actually posted pics of the failure.
Yes, "Skull-dragging" is a practice that directs the torsional load right
into the gear-case. sometimes it cannot be avoided, as was posted earlier.
The only other reel I see fail like this w/ any regularity(main gear)
is the Penn SSM series, and that is due to a sintered-metal gear. Even
when replacing that gear w/ Penn's solid brass replacement, it still breaks.
(right, Bristow?) the metallurgy of that main gear (Fin-Nor)is a problem.
there are many other "weaker links" in the gear-case that should break
first. ( like the threaded handle-stem, or the traverse block, or the pinion.
NOT the main gear.
If the Fin-Nor OS-95 is your choice, and it's working for you, (there's actually a couple others,too) Great! it really comes down to confidence in your equipment. After seeing what I've seen, I have no confidence in that reel.
Oh, Yeah. I don't see Stella's, Saltiga's, Van Staal's, Accurates, Cabo's,
Zeebas', or thunnus's breaking main gears.........
Have a great day & welcome to 360tuna