Loop Opti Strike Fly Reel Review
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Last but not least from Loop is the Opti Strike. It’s big. It’s full cage. How is it going to stand up to the competition? Keep reading…
This reel is A LOT like the Evotec HD. Instead of re-writing everything, if you're curious to learn more about this reel, please read that review which goes into more detail. It’s available here.
With more drag than the other two Loop reels, the Strike was off to a strong start, unfortunately, in this test 6 lbs just isn’t going to cut it. The Strike has 3.5lbs of effective drag and a quite good 42% at half drag. Finally, it has a whopping 1.21 lbs when turned all the way down. At least you know that if you turn it all the way down you'll have the right amount of drag for a lot of fishing situations...
Drag Test Graph
Like the other Loop reels it’s silent coming in, soft going out.
Spool & Retrieval Rate
The Strike is absolutely enormous. It holds 4 times as much backing as the Abel SDS. Quite frankly, this is in no way an 8-weight reel. It may be an 8-weight Spey reel, but for a single hander, it’s just way too big. Because of its size, it almost isn’t even worth talking about things like retrieval rate since with a reasonable 200 yards of backing, you’re not even half way up the spool…
Looks & Ergonomics
See Evotec review. It’s more or less identical.
Finish and durability
Like the Evotec, it’s solid.
Lifetime to the original owner + $30 fee.
It's just way too big. Should the Loop Opti Strike have been in the test? No. It’s just nowhere near an 8-weight size and that comes through in the results. It's pretty hard to compare it to reels that are so much smaller...
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- Huge capacity.
- Good durability
- Really not an 8-weight reel
- A spool release cap that’s way too easy to lose.