- Reel Old Geezer
- TT Gear Crew
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- Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:19 am
- Location: So Shore of Lake Lowell
the Model PT 10E and PT 15E reels were fitted with a "Microcomputer" that revealed how far you were casting, how deep your lure is running, and how fast you are retrieving. The fisherman/computer programmer input the line test, line length and other parameters and the little LCD readout on the top of the reel revealed how much line is out during a cast. The readout also beeped every second after a cast to help you count down a sinking lure to the proper depth. The microcomputer was powered by a watch battery, and cost in the neighborhood of $150.00. Needless to say, they were not big sellers and were gone from most retail catalogs in a few years.
Ryobi was the next to try in the 1990s. I'm not sure of the exact date of introduction of the E-1 CCS (Computer Control System):
The main problems with this reel were that it required a fairly large battery, and that it attempted to do too much. The battery was approximately 1x2xÃ‚Â¼ inches and the reel came with a separate battery charger. The battery is in the "thumb protector" above the level wind. This reel did use the CCS to attempt to control backlash by adjustment of the magnets. However, the reel also featured convertible right or left hand retrieve, a handle drag system where you could control the drag setting by turning the handle, and a flipping switch. The reel was also large and weighed in at 11.3 ounces. The reel had manual magnetic brake settings if you didn't like the CCS. The CCS allowed for four possible settings - from maximum spool RPM down to a minimum such as needed when casting into a high wind. The reel had 4 ball bearings and a 5:1 gear ratio. It was just too heavy and complex to succeed.
Photographing and posting this stuff takes time. As long as the 50 MPH winds we are having keep up, I will try to get some more stuff up in the next few days. However, if we get decent weather I'm outa here. The fish are calling.