Why is the SuperCaster baitcast reel different than any other baitcast reel?
Baicasting reels have improved over the years. There is no question about it. However, the way the reel works has essentially remained unchanged.
The SuperCaster reel differs from all others in three areas:
1) The levelwind - There is no level.wind eyelet that causes energy dissipation, reduced casting distance and pulsing drags. In addition, as line comes off the spool during a cast, sometimes the line catches on other line wraps. This can momentarily cause the spool to hesitate slightly then accelarate to catch up with the line payout. This accelaration is the beginning of a backlash if the angler is not paying enough attention or the angler's thumb is not "educated" enough to realize what is happening.
2) The spool rotates in the opposite direction - This is achieved by the more compact internal gear system and works "hand and glove" with the levelwind by providing an angle necessary during retrieve to move the line back and forth on the spool. However, there is another benefit - backlashes are less likely with less experienced anglers if light thumb pressure is kept on the spool. Yes, it is true! The reason is that if a backlash begins, the line starts to "bunch up" on the spool - just like always. However, when the spool (and backlashed line) is rotating INTO the thumb, the spool will automatically slow down without the angler having to do anything differently (like applying more thumb pressure). In other words, an educated thumb is not as important with the SuperCaster if the angler maintains a slight thumb pressure during the cast.
3) The levelwind height is adjustable - The levelwind during a cast provides a proportional braking force just like the centrifugal brakes. When the levelwind is in the lowest position, this braking force is minimal and the SuperCaster will simply outcast all other casting reels (assuming the friction and centrifugal brakes aren't set too high). In the highest position, it is like adding another brake shoe and allows for less backlashing with excellent casting distance.
Here is an example of how one might use the levelwind height adjustment in a typical fishing day. All else being equal, lighter weight lures require a little more proportional braking force. This is because lighter lure momentum fades faster than a heavier lure - causing the lure speed to slow quicker and make it more likely that the spool will over run.. With this in mind, an angler might have the levelwind in the full down position for his heavier lures, in a middle position for his mid-weight lures and in the highest position for his lightest lures. By the way, you will find you can cast and pitch lighter lures with the SuperCaster, too.
So, in a over-hyped marketing world where "innovation", "revoultionary" and similar "puff" words are thrown around and over-used, the SuperCaster is truly an innovative reel that has many newly-designed (and patent pending)features that ultimately are significant improvements that help you catch more fish!