FLY FISHING EQUIPMENT: Fly Reels: Charlton - 8500 Signature Series

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Charlton - 8500 Signature Series

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The Signature Series reel remains Charlton's most popular model. Its quality and beauty are strikingly evident, and its extra-thick Type III hard anodizing is the only type that penetrates the surface, which is why Charlton Signature Series reels really will last a lifetime. Deep black polished surfaces with matte reliefs. Highly polished stainless steel quick-release knob and spool counterweights. Superior Type III hard anodizing finishing process. Five precision bearings. Shaft drive rides on oversized bearings for unmatched performance. Spools float on oversized 7/8" aerospace bearings. Spool retention pawls ride friction-free on an aircraft flanged bearing. Design results in unparalleled smoothness and almost no wear. True quick-change spools let you switch over literally in seconds. Sensitive for light tippet work and the most powerful reels in their class. Lifetime warranty. Signature gives you three width choices that tackle everything from bonefish to billfish.

Model 8500 .8: The most popular reel for salt and large inshore species. Best suited for 7 to 9 weight lines. Sealed componentry protects against devastation from sand contamination, making it perfect for surf fishing. Ideal for bonefish, striper, steelhead, salmon, permit.
Model 8500 1.2: A serious reel for fly fishers who like rugged action. Designed for use with 10 to 12 weight lines. Excellent sensitivity with the fade-free muscle for taking on the largest tarpon, trevally, and dorado.
Model 8500 1.6: A premium saltwater reel with extra capacity. Designed for use with 10 to offshore-weight lines. Tremendous power for subduing large, tireless species. Sealed to prevent the adverse effects of saltwater.

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