For over 21 years, a family of high-tech design engineers has successfully produced a series of revolutionary fishing reels. In 1997, Accurate Fishing Products introduced its first, revolutionary, dual-drag system fishing reels. A little over ten years later, Accurate has expanded its high-tech reel series to include seven blue-water models and eight light-tackle models, all of which have been readily accepted by serious saltwater sport fishermen. So popular have these new reels become that the company has increased both production staff and scheduling to keep pace with orders which now include local, regional, national and international markets. Before introduction of their patented TwinDrag system, traditional fishing reel design applied drag to only one side of the reel spool. As a parallel, imagine trying to stop your car while braking was applied only to the wheels on one side. Besides veering you into a skid, such a one-sided system would produce a large imbalance on moving parts, create erratic pressures, and prematurely wear out brake materials. Unfortunately, the dynamics are no different in single-drag reels. Now imagine the increased efficiency of equal pressure applied to both sides of the spool: the bearings and spool shaft receive a more balanced load, translating into stronger, smoother drags, while the dual-drag design also doubles heat dissipation. TwinDrag design also requires less pressure to be applied to each side of the spool, while allowing precise drag settings with extremely little drag fluctuation.
Why an Accurate Twin-Drag Reel
Here's a simple comparison: Take a standard lever-operated, single-drag reel and a TwinDrag (ATD) reel, set both to the same drag pressure, for example 20 pounds. While both reels will apply the same 20 pounds of drag to a running fish, the ATD reel will accomplish this by applying only half the amount of side pressure to each side of the spool. The single-drag reel, however, applies all of its drag tension to a single side of the reel spool, promoting heat buildup and uneven, jerky drag performance. And here's another Accurate advantage: the precision-adjusted drag of our ATD reels will fluctuate less than a single pound in total drag range when line is pulled--at any speed--from the spool. Said another way, when the drag is set to 20 pounds on a ATD reel, drag pressure will only vary between 19.5 and 20.5 pounds or less! Test that precision uniformity against other reels and you'll see the difference.
Accurate's Platinum TwinDrag reels are also designed with a preset lever (the Boss ATDs have a preset knob) which allows for a precise setting of the drag range. Used in conjunction with the preset lever is a handy, graduated, alphabetical "letter" scale which takes the guesswork out of setting the drag by serving as a definitive, visual reference guide during drag adjustment.
Accurate's ATD reels offer excellent, unhindered freespooling in every drag-setting range from less than 1-pound to total lock-down (more than 70 pounds of drag pressure). They're always ready to fish, right out of the box, with no additional "tuning" or "blueprinting" necessary.
What all of this means to the fisherman is that their Platinum TwinDrag and Boss TwinDrag reels apply the smoothest, best balanced, most precisely set and maintained drag pressure possible, while not falling victim to heat buildup that can cost you fish.
Accurate Design and Materials
Accurate's dual-drag reel design hasn't been compromised for quality because of manufacturing costs. It's been their philosophy in designing reels that "cost follows product," not "product follows cost." Accurate didn't decide on "price points" and then find themselves forced to design reels within the manufacturing constraints of that price class. Rather, they looked at each integral component of our reels, then designed each part to be of the lightest weight and most "bullet-proof" strength possible.
Accurate also wanted to make their reels smaller than others on the market, while increasing strength, performance and retaining comparable line capacities. Naturally, smaller reels are more comfortable to use. We decreased size by making the spool arbor smaller in diameter -- allowing corresponding diameters of the sideplate and frame to also condense. At the same time, Accurate added strength to the arbor by increasing the arbor's radius near the inner sides of the spool.
Also contributing to a smaller design is Accurate's use of smaller ball bearings for the spool; smaller diameter bearings can be used because our twin-drag system greatly lessens bearing "side load." Side load is the worst influence that can be placed on a bearing. (Most other lever-drag reels must use large ball bearings to withstand the tremendous amount of side load exerted while creating drag pressure on only a single side of the spool.)
Materials play a major role in TwinDrag reel design, so in Accurate's design phase they carefully consider how all materials relate to each other, especially after introduction into a saltwater environment. You won't find die-cast parts anywhere on our reels. They produce their ATD reels from solid-bar, aluminum stock, using 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum for all major components such as sideplates, frame, spool, handle and base clamp. This ultra-high-grade aluminum is superior for several reasons: (1) it can be anodized for corrosion protection; (2) it has great heat "sink" (loss and transfer) for drag heat dissipation; (3) it is very light weight, while offering very high strength; and (4) its machinability for holding close tolerances is excellent.
To make Accurate's drag-friction washers, they selected titanium, because it is also very light, super strong and does not shed any part of itself onto the drag washer material (the friction washers create pressure on the drag washers to, in turn, produce drag). By not shedding, titanium keeps the drag washer material free from foreign material contaminants which can cause rough, intermittent drag application.
At-sea performance shows that their drag washers last incredibly long. Laboratory testing is important, but ultimately, there is no truer testing facility than the deck of a boat. Their first production, demo reels have been in rugged use for nearly 40 months now and we haven't needed to change a single drag washer so far! And these are reels seeing duty aboard multi-day, big-game fishing trips in Mexican waters, where the reels have caught literally thousands of game fish, including giant yellowfin tuna weighing up to more than 300 pounds. These reels have also been "overboard" and retrieved many times -- after huge tuna being battled stand-up style made it necessary for a backup rod-and-reel rig to be attached -- and the reels continue to perform flawlessly.
Accurate Reel Support
Accurate prides themselves on being a family-owned company which delivers excellent product support. On site, they have a team of highly qualified engineers who answer questions and provide service on your TwinDrag reels through their AccuCare program. Factory-direct servicing also allows us to monitor their reels, gauge their performance and provide feedback for future designs.