IRT Spinning Reel Specifications and Options
* Refers to 5.2:1 gear ratio configuration
** Some colors may only be available as accents, not as solid-colored reels. Specialty color options are a $50 charge
*** Gear ratio upgrade is a $75 charge
**** Upgrade to available bail operable is a $25 charge
***** Gear Ratio Upgrades will be available on the IRT600-800 soon
Choosing the Right Grip
The Traditional Grip is a “T” shaped grip similar to some of the earliest fishing reels in existence. This grip style allows for the “split finger” technique where anglers can put two fingers above and two fingers below the “T” structure. It provides the standard pressure points that most anglers are familiar with and can be effective in every type of fishing. Every series of IRT Reels are available in the Traditional Grip.
When to use the Traditional Grip
The Traditional Grip is designed to provide comfort while casting. Though it can be used for any type of fishing, the Traditional Grip provides excellent balance while casting baits from the surf, boat, or pier.
G1 Spin Power Grip™
The G1 Power Grip™ is proprietary technology of IRT Reels, designed to provide a unique balance and pressure when compared to traditional spinning reels. This reel’s modified grip allows anglers to rest all their fingers above the seat, taking the pressure off the inside of your fingers and putting it on the back of your pinkie finger. This provides greater leverage in a vertical battle and removes the chance of blisters that could result from uncomfortable grips of other spinning reels.
When to use the G1 Spin Power Grip™
Though this grip could be used for any type of fishing, it is most practical for vertical jigging scenarios. The G1 Power Grip™ balances the weight of the reel further to the back of the rod, providing anglers excellent leverage in these situations.
G2 Spin Power Grip™
The G2 Power Grip™ is another piece of proprietary IRT Reels technology, designed to act as a hybrid between the Traditional and G1 Power Grips™. This is our most versatile grip option, as it provides the unique balancing feature of the G1 Power Grip™, while maintaining the familiar look and design of the Traditional Grip. While it may look similar to the Traditional Grip, this option creates the same pressure points as the G1 Power Grip™.
When to use the G2 Spin Power Grip™
This grip can be used for any type of fishing and has very few weak applications. In casting situations, this grip provides excellent feel and balances the rod as well or better than the Traditional Grip. When jigging, the G2 Power Grip™ lends similar leverage and comfort to the G1 Power Grip™, but with the familiarity of the traditional grip to match.
IRT Drag Systems
IRT Reels takes great pride in the strength, smoothness, and durability of our fly and spinning reel drag systems. With a carbon fiber-Kevlar main drag, all IRT reels perform in a size above their class. Our Dual Drag technology provides the angler with extra maximum drag capacity that has become the most respected in the industry.
Our Dual Drag system provides the angler with 5-10 pounds of additional max drag by including additional Kevlar washers into the top of the spool. As a fish takes drag against the reel, the two drags will counteract each other and add additional strength. Dual Drag reels also utilize a drag knob containing a heavier spring than single drag reels for strength.
The Dual Drag feature is available on all IRT reel series, except for the IRT200 and IRT300. This drag style is recommended for anglers needing heavy drag for wreck fishing, species that make speedy runs, and for those anglers looking for a lighter weight reel with the drag of a larger reel series. All Dual Drag reels come with a larger “power handle” designed to provide additional torque during a fight.
While not all series of IRT reels are available in Dual Drag models, all series of IRT Reels are available as single drag. These reels come with the standard carbon fiber-Kevlar drag system below the spool. Even these models of IRT reels provide smoother and more durable drag than any other reels on the industry.
If you are interested in upgrading your reel from a single drag to a Dual Drag or just want more information about our industry-leading drag system, please contact us at [email protected].