I’ve been using Bauer reels for as long as I can remember.
When I first felt the need to step up to a serious reel, Bauer was my choice. I’ve never been sorry. Years later I had the chance to get to know Jon Bauer and I now understand why I love his reels.
Jon’s understanding of fly reels and the materials they are constructed from is remarkable. He came to the reel business from the racing world where he built and raced cars and motorcycles. When your life, literally, depends on your equipment you take your design and quality control seriously. It shows in Jon’s reels.
For example, the spool attaches to the frame using the same system that holds the wheels on Indy cars. Sound under engineered to you?
I am always surprised when friends express concerns about the drag systems in my Bauer reels. Far too many people are unaware that there is a patented carbon fiber drag clutch at the heart of every Bauer reel. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine. It seems that somewhere along the way Jon has been out-marketed.
For my big game reels I trust the quality and engineering of my Bauer reels. I have put them through the ringer and they’ve never let me down.
In 2014 Bauer is introducing the Rogue Extreme. The REX has a new look, a lighter frame, and the toughest drag system ever. In this video Jon shows off the features of the REX and talks about reel design and materials. It’s well worth your time.