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Waterworks Vanquish

As the name implies, Waterworks created the Vanquish reel with just one thing in mind – total victory. And as the “form follows function” zealots they are, it all starts with the world’s smoothest, and now much larger and more powerful drag system. Delivering twice the torque of he previous WWL saltwater design, the Waterworks conical drag generates no stick-slip even at the line-snapping rates required by blue water anglers.

To support this kind of torque, a new, much stiffer frame was created – one that transmits extreme loads with a simple, efficient and graceful structure.

  • Integrated foot/frame which, while stronger than a traditional fastened-on foot, also raises the center of mass of the reel, improving casting ease and accuracy
  • Machined from solid, modular stainless stripping arm on V12 and V10
  • Proprietary Hard Alox finish
  • Large, ergonomic, self lubricating no-slip handle
  • Tandem roller clutch transmits higher torque and provides redundancy
  • fully sealed, zero maintenance drag components
  • The LT designation indicates a lighter open-spoke design. This is standard on on models.

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    waterworkslamson_vanquish Waterworks Vanquish 12 LT Reel & Spare Spool
    $1,298.00 $899.00 On Sale!
    Rod Weight: 12
    Weight: 10.7 oz.
    Spool Diameter: 4.7"
    Spool Width: 1.5"
    Line Capacity:
    WF12 - 325yd 30#
    You're getting the spool for free!!

    LINE STORAGE FORMAT Our large arbor reels maximize the benefits of large arbor design by maximizing the arbor diameter-to-width ratio. The spool is large in circumference and wide, so that line is stored in a shallow layer. The increased circumference provides high retrieve rate and eliminates line coil memory. The wide, shallow line layer means there is little radius change as line is pulled form the reel. This results in constant drag torque during long runs and eliminates the risk of tippets breaking due to drag force gain.

    DRAG SYSTEM The ULA, Litespeed and Velocity drag consists of a pair of precisely matched conical elements which are drawn together with spring tension to produce variable rates of smooth rotational braking. By re-configuring the surface area of traditional disks into a pair of matching conical elements we were able to seal the drag completely from moisture, salt and grit. And since the mass of the drag elements is centralized, the spool's rotating mass is much lower which makes the reel more responsive to light drag settings. Because the average radius of the contact surface is much smaller (being conical rather than disk-shaped), start-up torque is too low to measure. US Patent #5,915,639; other patents pending.

    CLUTCH Most premium reels rely on a pawl type clutch mechanism. These are often vulnerable to stress related failure, contamination and wear. The ULA, Litespeed and Velocity employ a Torrington zero-lash roller clutch. This mechanism relies on the locking effect of a number of ramps and rollers to achieve torque transmission. There are no "teeth" or "steps" to break off or wear out. And the zero-lash feature means instant engagement. This improves feel and eliminates "spike" that the reel, line and leader experience when a typical pawl clutch hooks up.