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Okuma Trio 30 reel review

Okuma Trio 30 reel reviewI will outline a few of my impressions of the Okuma Trio 30 reel. First, about her work. About 20 test fishing trips did not reveal any defects of this model, and half of them were during a trip to Karelia by my friend who was taking only the first steps in spinning. I could not catch really big fish this year, but with the 2 kg pike the described coil allowed me to cope quite easily. It would be more correct to say that in the process of fishing, as, however, during wiring, I did not remember the coil, it did not give cause for discontent. She does not need power, the gear ratio is 5 (by the way, very rarely there are “meat grinder” models with an integer gear ratio) – this is what is needed to perform high-quality wiring. So, at least the season of not the most accurate handling the coil withstands without problems.

The coil body and its handle are made of aluminum, the rotor is made of a combination of graphite and aluminum. The goal of the developers was to ensure maximum rigidity and lightness of the structure where possible. To increase durability, the aluminum parts of the coil, including the spool, are protected against corrosion by a special coating. The side of the spool for increasing casting distance is also made of aluminum.

I used the Okuma Trio reel for fishing with pinwheels and oscillators, various krenks, and also in jig fishing. The main gear and bearings were especially pleased – the move, as it was originally “velvet”, remained so. The reel mechanism works very nicely with both uniform and stepwise animation of the bait. There was not a single case of self-resetting the arrester of the logger on the cast. The coil fell into the water a couple of times, but did not rustle, did not wedge. When disassembling (out of curiosity and for the purpose of lubrication), there was no moisture inside, and no dust either. So the case at Okuma Trio is quite tight. The factory grease was in good condition, its quantity was sufficient for the operation of all components, so I did not change it, next year I’ll change it.

The reel is well balanced with Medium Light and Light class spinning rods, I used Okuma Oktana rods (test 5-20 g, length 2.1 m) and G. Loomis Walleye Rod WRR 8400-2S (test 7-14 g). In both cases, the center of gravity was obtained in the area of ​​the front side of the spool, which allows you to instantly respond to bite and minimizes the fatigue of the hand during fishing. In both cases, the tackle was generally harmonious. Logging for cords with a nominal diameter of 0.13-0.15 mm for Okuma Trio is satisfactory – I wound the Salmo Elite Braid braid. For thinner fishing lines, apparently, you need to use coils of smaller sizes. It was not immediately possible to correctly select the maximum allowable winding level, at first there were a lot of loop loops. But, after playing with the settings (with the thickness of the shims under the spool) and the amount of backing, I achieved a normal line descent.

I would like to note the absence of backlash of the rotor and gears, the coil assembly is made with high accuracy, the gap in the main gear of the necessary and sufficient size. The operation of the gearbox is not audible at all, I did not notice any wedging or noise under load. There are only minor complaints about the excessive play of the axis of the handle and knob. The backstop is really instant, it does not rustle when winding, it works perfectly even after the coil falls into the water, although it is made quite simply and old-fashioned – a plastic separator, 8 rollers and a metal outer clip. There are also no questions to the friction brake: it is continuously adjustable, it does not stick. Disks look like new, grease from them did not evaporate and did not leak.

The construction and design of the Okuma Trio spool is interesting. The body of the spool consists of three parts, in the sub-bobbin assembly there are three ball bearings that provide maximum smoothness of rotation of the spool when the friction is triggered, which is very important when playing strong and active fish. Let's go further. The rotor is surprisingly lightweight, although the most loaded parts are made of aluminum. Reliable system of fixation of a handle, good balance bribes. After the season of operation, the logger roller did not rustle, did not wedge, its design is simple as the first Soviet tractor, hence the reliability of the assembly follows. In principle, the mechanism of the roller should be durable – the bearing is quite powerful.

Let's move on to the most interesting part – the gearbox. The design of the main pair is the most common – a simple helical gear, but the mechanism of movement of the spool (crank) is quite interesting – rotation is transmitted to the oval gear from the gear, eccentrically located on the axis of the handle, the linear movement of the connecting rod is provided by a direct groove. Actually, in this way, the engineers wanted to obtain a uniform (as possible with such a kinematic scheme) speed of the reciprocating movement of the spool. On a ten-point scale, I would put Okuma Trio 30 somewhere "seven-eight." I can recommend this reel to beginners and experienced spinning rods for fishing with carbon fiber rods of light and medium-light classes in stagnant ponds and rivers more or less uniform wiring and classic jig.

I was satisfied with the Okuma Trio 30 reel, I think she still has a lot of interesting fishing and wonderful trophies ahead. She copes with her tasks perfectly! No complaints!

author Vadim MASHKO

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