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The Calais is so sleek and curvaceous it borders on the Freudian. Palm it and you won’twant to let go; it feels that good. But sometimes a reel is just a reel, and lurking beneath the lush ergonomics is one especially well-built reel, constructed around a one-piece die-cast aluminum frame and aluminum side plates finished in a brilliant smoke-silver. The Calais features 10 ball bearings and a uni-direction roller bearing. A turnkey in the left side plate permits instant access to the sixshoe centrifual brake system without having to remove the spool. A first, you’ll want to activate two, and maybe four, brake weights as well as carefully adjust the spool tension knob, because this reel is the definition of quick and smooth.

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