Montana Fly Company (MFC) – Madison II Reel,
Known in the industry for their wide offering of flies and their waterproof Guide Boat Box, MFC has released a line of quality reels featuring unique graphic anodized finishes. The Madison II is an attractive lightweight, large arbor reel that is offered in three sizes (4/5, 6/7 and 7/8) and seven different graphic finishes.
The Madison II is a ported out aluminum large arbor reel with a disc drag system, single hand spool release and aluminum drag knob. The spool has a “V-channel” design that allows for additional backing to be added to the spool without using up the available spool capacity needed for the fly line.
I took the Madison II (7/8) for a test drive this spring on my favorite smallmouth creek, Cow Creek, located just outside of Redding, California. Though the fishing wasn’t great, I had ample time casting as I covered the water in attempt to find the three pounders that were hammering dragonflies the year previous. I found the reel to be surprisingly light for a 7/8 weight reel. The drag system is smooth and allows for fine adjustments. The knurled aluminum drag knob has a great feel and is easy to find while fighting fish.
The look of the Madison II makes this reel standout among others. Graphic finishes include olive, bonefish, the trouts (brown, rainbow and brook) and the hard-to-find (grey camo and river rock). I found the reel’s finish to be like Gina Carano, beautiful and hardy. I banged the reel several times on rocks without marring it. Other reel manufacturer’s charge up to an additional $200 to provide the specialty graphic anodized finish that MFC provides standard in this reel.
MFC’s Madison II is a great blend of beauty and brains: an affordable, uniquely attractive reel with a design that does not compromise function.
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Author: Andrew Borgic