Penn Fathom II Level Wind Reel – FTHII20LW - Review
The Penn Fathom II Level Wind reels have been upgraded for 2018, building upon the success of the previous generation, which was highly regarded for its durability and casting performance. One of the key improvements is the addition of Penn's Fast Gear Access Sideplate.
Penn recognized that traditional reels can be challenging to service, often leaving anglers without a reel while it's being serviced at a shop or factory. To address this issue, the Fast Gear Access Sideplate was introduced, making self-servicing a more viable option for anglers. By simply removing four screws, the sideplate can be easily removed, providing access to the entire gear box without the risk of losing small parts.
The Fathom II is designed as a levelwind reel and offers a model suited for every angler, combining the renowned durability and ease of maintenance that Penn is known for. Here are some key features of the Fathom II:
– Full metal body and sideplates for added strength
– Forged and machined aluminum spool
– Stainless steel main and pinion gear
– HT-100 Dura-Drag washers that deliver a smooth and long-lasting drag, even under high settings
– 4+1 Shielded Stainless Steel Bearing System for improved performance
– Line Capacity Rings for easy reference
– The size 15 model comes with both double paddle and single power handle assemblies for casting or trolling
– Reinforced Levelwind mechanism that eliminates insert pop out
– Line Counter models available in sizes 15, 20, and 30, and offered in both right and left-hand configurations.
The Penn Fathom II Level Wind reel is a reliable and efficient option for anglers seeking a reel that is not only durable but also easy to maintain.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the Fast Gear Access Sideplate make servicing easier?
The Fast Gear Access Sideplate can be easily removed with four screws, allowing anglers to access the entire gear box without needing to send the reel for servicing. This means less downtime and the ability to service the reel yourself.
2. Are the body and sideplates of the Fathom II reel made of metal?
Yes, the Fathom II reel has a full metal body and sideplates, providing added strength and durability.
3. Does the Fathom II reel have a smooth drag system?
Yes, the Fathom II reel features HT-100 Dura-Drag washers that deliver a smooth and long-lasting drag, even under high settings.
4. Can I use the Fathom II reel for casting and trolling?
Yes, the size 15 model of the Fathom II reel comes with both double paddle and single power handle assemblies, allowing you to use it for casting or trolling.
5. What models are available for the Fathom II reel in terms of line counter?
The Fathom II reel is available in line counter models in sizes 15, 20, and 30. It is also offered in both right and left-hand configurations.View Buying Options