All Hatch reels have always been, and always will be, proudly made in Southern California, USA.
ICONIC FLY REEL
The Iconic Reel retains the window pattern with 6 fins, recalling the original Finatic model. Instantly identifiable and classic, the Hatch design estetic is simply Iconic. However, Hatch was due for a style upgrade that can be seen in the shape of their drag knob - which brings depth to their ‘H’ brand logo. Hatch now uses a bright dip finishing that brings out the shine of the machined parts while also keeping the strong coloring of matte 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 a more expensive way to produce the reel but offers 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.
Through better design and concentricity, Hatch has increased sealing by eliminating water entry points through subtracting superfluous components from previous designs.
The Iconic reel does not utilize a cassette to house the drag system as in past models - instead, it is now built into the body. This has decreased axial runout, which creates a more stable and solid design.
NEW DRAG MATERIAL
Hatch's new carbon-filled drag material dissipates heat faster and creates a smoother feel. This is their smoothest drag system to date.
NEW SPOOL DESIGN
In many ways, the Iconic spool is similar to previous models, but with a few key differences. Hatch has ported the spool arbor which allows lines to dry better after use - think of it as ventilation. Hatch has also cut aesthetic holes into the Mid Arbor spools, making it much simpler than before to distinguish between the large and mid arbor models.
NEW SPOOL NUT
New look, similar function, but with a significant improvement. The Iconic Hatch has implemented a one piece design in order to prevent pieces from coming apart.
Hatch's new handle design significantly reduces the risk of galvanic corrosion. While Hatch has retained the aluminum handle, it now has a softer look and feel.