“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.”
Known to millions of anglers worldwide as “The Bass Professor,” Hannon died in 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. He will be inducted posthumously Feb. 20, into the 2014 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
The Legend 250 was introduced this past summer to the fishing tackle trade at ICAST impressing a wide variety of tackle dealers, distributors, mass merchants, the media and especially top anglers. It’s ideal for targeting bass, pike, walleye, trout and crappie.
“The Legend reel is a CNC machined aluminum body model, making it both light weight (9.5 ozs) and extremely strong,” said Riley. “It comes with 7+1 extreme-duty Japanese steel bearings and the exclusive WaveSpin spool for longer tangle-free casts. Like the other six quality WaveSpin models, it has a robust front drag system with 10 alternating front drag discs producing up to three times stronger drag tension than top competitors.
“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.
WaveSpins retail from $45.95 (ZTR 1500) to the Legend 250’s $139.95 MSRP.
It’s 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.
Hannon, Riley and WaveSpin tech Mike Paone were finalizing the Legend’s design with every detail with the serious angler in mind, when Hannon suddenly passed.
“All Doug ever wanted to do was design quality and innovative products making anglers’ times on the water enjoyable and problem-free for pure relaxing fishing pleasure,” said Riley.
“He accomplished his mission from the weed-less trolling motor propeller, to WaveSpin’s MicroWave Guide System by American Tackle, to the WaveSpin Spool Design and all other patents and ideas. From Doug’s great mind we are all better off for his efforts. He’ll be greatly missed. As we did in partnering with American Tackle for the design, building and marketing of our new MicroWave System to rod companies worldwide, WaveSpin is also attracting relationships with tackle companies for use of our patented and proven spool design.”
“He wasn’t here to see his MicroWave Guide win Best Fishing Accessory at the ICAST show,” said Riley,” nor to receive the Innovation of the Year award at EFTTEX in Europe.”
“Many anglers have recently started matching The Legend and other WaveSpin reels with new rods designed with the MicroWave guides, giving them longer more accurate casts.”
WaveSpin is marketed across North America at major sporting and fishing goods stores (Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops) on their websites and at independent tackle stores.
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