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Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:20 pm 
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Bought this a while ago because I think it's a cool idea, but My thoughts here are as follows:
Regarding the turbine drag system....
You would need more room and fluid in front of and behind the turbine for this to work. With the small front/rear turbine area, my thoughts are that it quickly cavitates and makes no diff past a certain point?


Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:03 pm 
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None of the fishing reel Engineering experts out there have any thoughts on this? It's a drag, that has a turbine submerged in oil.......
Perhaps back burner it for 50 years and repost :-P


Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:53 pm 
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Well the turbine impeller is immersed in a special multi-viscosity oil that supposedly produces no inertial friction at start up and increases drag as the fish runs.

Similar designs have been around for quite a few years, since the '80s. I don't think it was overly popular or well received. It may have been more of a "new innovation" sales gimmick than anything else.


Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:30 am 
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Those were made by STH in Argentina. I have a nice one that was given to a guy named Brock Apfel as a field test. There is some connection between STH and Cortland since you see Cortland sells their cassette spool reels too.


https://patents.google.com/patent/US6065699A



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Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:44 am 
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Very cool. Have any pics? Are they identical or subtle diffs?


Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:52 pm 
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I've seen a couple variations where the turbine is enclosed in a raised portion of the body. Here's the one I have.




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Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:03 pm 
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The turbine is dead center on your model, a direct drive vs geared I presume?


Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:08 am 
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Yes, but with a one way clutch disk so there is no drag when taking line out.


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