If you could only have one trout reel for the rest of your life, this would be it. While the 4 Plus fits best on a 5wt rod, it also serves admirably on your 4 and 6wt rods as well.
SPOOLS: LARGE ARBOR ONLY
FINISH: BRIGHT DIP
PROTECTION: TYPE II ANODIZE
MACHINED REEL SEAT: Hatch was the first and now one of the only reel manufacturers to make the reel body out of one piece. It is an expensive way to produce the reel but has the advantage of never having a reel seat loosen up due to galvanic corrosion. For the Iconic, Hatch has reshaped the reel seat for a more contemporary look.
NEW HANDLE/COUNTERWEIGHT: Hatch’s new handle design significantly reduces the risk of galvanic corrosion. While
having retained the aluminum handle, it now has a softer look and feel.
NEW SPOOL NUT: New look, similar function, but with a big improvement. On the Iconic Hatch has implemented a one piece design in order to prevent pieces from coming apart.
NEW SPOOL DESIGN: In many ways, the Iconic spool is similar to previous models, but with a few key differences. It has a ported spool arbor which will allow lines to dry better on the reel after use – think of it as ventilation.
IMPROVED SEALING: Through better design and concentricity, Hatch has increased sealing by eliminating water entry points through subtracting superfluous components from past models.
IMPROVED STABILITY: The Iconic reel does not utilize a cassette to house the drag system as in past models – in-stead, it is now built into the body. This has decreased axial runout which creates a more stable and solid design.
NEW DRAG MATERIAL: The new carbon-filled drag material not only dissipates heat faster but also creates a smoother feel. Resulting in the smoothest drag system to date.