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Nautilus XS Fly Reel

Nautilus Red

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The X reels are designed for lightness, strength, smoothness and speed. The XS featured here for line weights 3-4 and in the custom shop Nautilus for Fall 2023.

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The Nautilus XS Fly Reel is an open-frame reel designed for lightness, strength, drag smoothness, and fast line pick up. The X-Series design has strong beams that extend from the center to a wide line guard. These angles allow for rear spool rim protection where the reel typically contacts the ground when the rod is leaned up against a wall or a car.

The totally new SCF-X drag is a sealed Teflon® and carbon fiber disc drag system. It is adjusted with a generous drag knob that offers superior gripping surface and texture for wet and cold fingers.

The highly ventilated arch design, coupled with the dual palming rim increases spool strength by 35 %. The sides of the frame leave the spool totally exposed, and the back spool rim has a generous 1/8" secondary palming rim for added fish control. This heavy- duty secondary palming rim has the strength to withstand everyday wear and tear.

The spool is a new spin on their ultra light, award winning Giga arbor design. It is lighter than any spool of a similar size they have ever made.

Available in three frame sizes but featured here is the X Small - 3.0” diameter, 3.8 oz, which is for line weights 3-4.

Available here in the Custom Shop Nautilus Red color which adds $120.00 to the base price over a black or silver. Please note that this is the New for Fall 2023 color which features a Matte Finish. 

• SCFX Drag - The totally new SCF-X drag is a sealed Teflon and carbon fiber disc drag system. It is adjusted with a generous drag knob that offers superior gripping surface and texture for wet and cold fingers.
• TPX - Nautilus precision engineered thermoplastic TPX bushings are feather light, self-lubricating, inert (no corrosion) and have zero wear. This means that you have the smoothness of a bearing without the weight and with a longer lifespan..
• ActivSeal - Perpetually repels contaminants from braking system.
• Hooker - Wrap your line or hang your fly on it (*optional accessory)
• Giga - The Uber arbors of fly fishing reels. Reel in more than a foot per turn of the handle. A unique design feature of these spools is grooves that let the bottom of the backing breathe to promote faster drying. The giga arbors have redefined large arbor reel design.

The Nautilus XS (Small) fly reel in Red listed here. They will hold 100 yards of 20lb backing with a 3wt and 85 yards with a 4wt. These reels weigh 3.8 ounces and have a 3.0" diameter.

Line This Reel - When you purchase a fly line along with this reel, upon checkout simply pair the two together and choose your backing color. We'll put the correct amount of backing on the reel and load it up properly for FREEClick Here to watch a video on exactly how to do this. 

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