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By Dave Precht,
Another new reel company, U.S. Reels, has the most radical reel design I've seen. Instead of a line guide, the SC1000 Baitcaster employs what the company calls the "See-Saw Levelwind." The angled bar is placed in front of the spool and extends from one side to the other. As the handle is turned, the bar moves up and down, like a see-saw, guiding the line evenly across the spool. Casey Childre, son of the famed Lew Childre, was involved in the design, which has taken place over eight years.
U.S. Reels SuperCaster SC 1000

The advantage comes on the cast. U.S. Reels founder Fred Kemp believes his new reel will outcast any stock baitcaster on the market. The reel is also different in that line flows from the bottom of the spool, not that top as in all other casting reels. For some reason, which surprised the designers, that arrangement actually aids in casting smoothness, especially when thumbing the spool. But it seems weird.

Two new models will be available — the SC1000 and the SC1000 Pro, both featuring anodized aluminum frames, anodized/hardened aluminum main gears and a stainless steel shaft. The Pro has a 7.1:1 retrieve ratio and weighs 8.5 ounces, while the SC1000 weighs 8.3 ounces and has a 6.6:1 retrieve. They'll sell for $249.99 and $199.99, respectively.

U.S. Reels, you might recall, was launched on back of an innovative wide spool spinning reel, the SuperCaster. These, too, emphasized casting distance, with claims of achieving 30 percent more distance than conventional long-nose spool spinning reels. SuperCasters also provided versatility in that the wide spools can handle a range of line sizes comfortably. Check out the web site,, for more on these reels.

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