“This reel truly deserves the name ‘legend’ on its spool,” said WaveSpin CEO Russ Riley of its newest offering the Legend 250. “In the eight years since WaveSpin’s inception, this is the finest reel we’ve brought to market and a true legacy to its inventor Doug Hannon.”
Hannon, known to millions of anglers worldwide as The Bass Professor, died late March at the age of 66. He parlayed his sharp mind and unique talents, in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects in and outside of bass fishing, with books, videos and some 20 patents.
Using his patented design, the Legend 250 was Doug's latest masterpiece with an aluminum body and machined one-piece spool.
“Though this high quality, precision-made metal bodied reel will be at the top of our line, Doug felt great innovation and performance didn’t always require high price tags,” said Riley. “This CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machined aluminum body model has many innovations packaged within including 7+1 sealed stainless steel bearings, the exclusive WaveSpin spool for longer tangle-free casts, a comfort grip EVA handle with a convertible left to right hand retrieve, anti vibro system, oversized bail roller and dead stop infinite anti-reverse.”
It holds 6–10 lb mono line or 20–40 lb braid, sports a light weight of 9.5 ozs. and a gear ratio of 5.2:1 in its robust all metal body. And like the other six quality WaveSpin models, it has a robust front drag system with 10 alternating drag discs producing up to three times stronger drag tension than top competitors.
WaveSpins are retailed priced from $45.95 (ZTR 1500) to the Legend 250’s $139.95.
The Legend is ideal for both fresh and saltwater anglers as are the DHxL, 3000z, 4000z and ZTR models all incorporating double shielded bearings throughout. The ZTRs have one year warranties; all others are two and all with the world’s first and only tangle-free guarantee.
“Doug and the WaveSpin techs designed in every detail with the serious angler in mind,” said Riley. “Over the past year the prototypes were used, abused and heavily tested on inland lakes and in the salt of the gulf. They were exposed to treatments I wouldn’t put any of my gear through, without a single failure. The Legend 250 is sure to please and guaranteed to impress.”
He added, “WaveSpin has made its name by producing innovative and quality products at affordable prices then backing those products with both a top rated warranty and 5-star customer service. As we did in partnering with American Tackle for the design, building and marketing of our new MicroWave Guide System to rod companies worldwide, WaveSpin is attracting relationships with tackle companies for use of our patented and proven spool design.”
WaveSpin is marketed across North America through major sporting and fishing goods stores (Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, West Marine), and independent tackle stores.