Nautilus FWX Featherweight Extreme Review

Nautilus FWX Featherweight Extreme Review

We love this reel. Just got them in late last year and we are rapidly becoming big fans.

Good looking and sleek, ported, sealed Disc Drag, shiny. What is not to love? We thought we better review this fantastic marvel of functionality for you to enjoy this monday. Summer is coming at us rapidly and you may need a new reel to accompany you to Montana. If you have to much packed, you can just pick one up when you arrive in Craig at your favorite Craig fly shop Headhunters.

Top 6 Reasons Headhunters will like this reel

Nautilus FWX Featherweight Extreme
  1. Makes a cool sound while spinning.
  2. Has the word ‘Extreme’ in the name.
  3. When your friends ask what kind of reels you have you just say “Well, I fish Nautilus of course.”
  4. Lightweight to match today’s modern feather light fly rods like the SAGE One and SAGE Method. A mere 3.8oz.
  5. $275. Yes cheap by today’s standards. We won’t tell your friends who think you spent a fortune!
  6. Order it in custom colors or engravings here. You want a “”one off”?


Order one now! Or read on for additional info.

Here is what Nautilus says about the FWX…

tested-on-animalsThe Nautilus FWX (Feather Weight Extreme) series is the most technologically advanced and the lightest machined aluminum disc drag trout fly reel on the market.

The award-winning FWX reels feature our Sealed Carbon Fiber (SCFTM) drag system with the proprietary TORQ-XTM clutch drive and TPX bushings. This completely sealed, maintenance-free draw bar type carbon fiber disc brake delivers the smoothest drag on the market in a light fly reel. No sand, gravel, water or snow will affect the flawless performance of this amazing disc drag.

New for 2013: FWX 1/3 This reel combines all the strength and efficacy of its larger siblings into the smallest and lightest sealed disc drag reel available. 

Reels are available in black, or brushed silver anodizing.

More about the Nautilus FWX

Like the NVG reels, the FWX sport our Giga arbor spool design that promotes faster line pick up and backing drying. In addition to the advanced spool designs used in these reels, we have added a new stainless steel 1-way clutch that is housed in our proprietary TORQ-XTM clutch drive that ensures instant drag engagement with no slack. The retrieve direction can be easily switched from left hand to right hand and the spools are easily changed with a push on and click off release.

One of the most popular creations to come out of the Nautilus think-tank is the industry first LaserIDTM line identification system: We have laser etched a white spot on the back of each FWX spool to write the line type and weight that you are using. Write with a permanent marker and wipe it off with alcohol when you change lines. No more washed out or lost line stickers.

Sealed Carbon Fiber Disk Brake
9 lug reinforced clutch for instant drag engagement.
Giga arbor, the big game über-arbor.
 Write the line weight on the spool.
Wrap your line or hang your fly on it.
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