by Chris Grech
Accurate has introduced new BV-500-sized single-speed and two-speed reels to its popular Valiant lever-drag series. Like all Valiant models, the latest additions incorporate design innovations that maximize strength, durability and fish-fighting power, while minimizing reel size and weight. The new Valiant lever drags include BV-500 (6:1 retrieve) and BV-500N (6:1 retrieve, narrow) single-speed reels, as well as new BV2-500 and BV2-500N two-speeds.
Every Valiant model features a compact yet rugged 6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum frame, uniquely curved to deliver the structural integrity of a reel twice its size. While the walls are thinner than those of an ordinary lever drag, the Valiant's non-flexing frame and sideplates enable it to withstand more stress. Protected by this tough, corrosion-resistant exterior is Accurate's patented TwinDrag® system, uniquely engineered to provide ultra-smooth, consistent pressure (up to 30 pounds max. drag) for putting the brakes on big, determined game fish. Each BV model also boasts precision-cut stainless steel gears that mesh perfectly together for unsurpassed cranking power, while seven shielded and sealed Class-5 ABEC bearings and one ARB bearing ensure ultra-smooth, reliable operation.
Anglers looking for an unbeatable single-speed lever drag reel can choose between the BV-500 or the BV-500N (narrow version), both featuring a blazing 6:1 gear ratio that rips in 45.05 inches of line with each turn of the handle. The BV-500 holds 500 yards of 50-pound test braided line, while the BV-500N holds 350 yards of 50-pound test braid.
Those in the market for a best-in-class two-speed can opt for Accurate's BV2-500 or the BV2-500N (narrow) model. Both of these new Valiant two-speeds enable you to switch back and forth easily between a high-speed 6:1 retrieve and a winch-like 4:1 gear ratio with the simple touch of a button.
All Valiant BV-500-sized reels feature Accurate's comfortable "power handle," which makes it easy to gain on stubborn fish – even when conditions are wet and slimy. Each model is also equipped with a new easy-find "Cam Stop" feature – a fail-safe that prevents the angler from going too far into full drag during the heat of battle. Instead of having stops at free-spool and strike, these reels have a secure indent in the drag cam that stops the drag lever from going into full.BV-500 Single Speed - $479.95 MSRP
BV-500N Single Speed - $479.95 MSRP
BV2-500 Two-Speed - $579.95 MSRP
BV2-500N Two-Speed - $579.95 MSRPwww.accuratefishing.com