Fly Reel Anodization Explained: The better to hide from you I say

Ever wonder about all those fancy terms fly reel manufacturers use to describe the finishes on their products? Should you even care if your fly reel is anodized? I did, and do. Thankfully, Phil Monahan of MidCurrent cuts to the chase on the matter:

Fly reels generally come in Type II, although a few may feature Type III anodizing. (Type III is also known as “hard anodizing.”) The “Type” describes the thickness and consequent hardness of the coating. Type II anodizing creates a coating of less than .001 inches, while Type III describes anything between .001 inches and .004 inches. Manufacturers claim that Type III anodizing “penetrates” the metal, as well as coating it, but all anodizing methods penetrate to a certain degree.

What really caught my eye, however, was this:

From a marketing standpoint, hard-anodized reels are a tough sell because they aren’t shiny; the finish is more matte than Type II.

I find it hard to believe that people would choose their reel based on how shiny it is, but I suppose that is the case. I take the opposite tact – I don’t want my gear to look shiny, flashy, etc. as I don’t want the fish to see me coming. In fact, I’ve chosen to stick with Waterworks-Lamson reels specifically for their Hard Alox coating (notwithstanding their otherworldly customer service), because it is both tough AND dull.

Then again, when you suck you need every advantage you can muster.

MG signing off (to find some camo face paint)

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