May 29, 2013
By Florida Sportsman
PENN engineers have raised the bar for lightweight graphite lever drag reels. The PENN Squall Lever Drag incorporates the very latest technology making it the most modern and innovative reel in its class. High-performance and comfortable ergonomics were driving forces during the Squall design. The Squall Lever Drag features the highest grade drag material available with the Dura-Drag system. Four models are offered, two sizes include left hand versions.
Trolling, drifting, kite fishing or working the bottom, it makes no difference with the Squall Lever Drag.
Starting at 18.2 ounces, the graphite frame and sideplates are the basis for the lightest reel in its class. But a reel must be more than just lightweight. The spool is forged and machined aluminum for added weight reduction. The Squall features high strength stainless steel main and pinion gears and a 5+1 shielded stainless steel bearing system. The Dura-Drag system includes washers that virtually eliminate hesitation, even under extreme drag settings.
The Versa-Handle allows the angler to adjust the reel handle. Extend the handle for cranking power or shorten the handle for more cranking speed. It takes less than a minute to make the change. To add to the reel's convenience, the lever drag does not extend above the frame. No more worries about line tangling with the lever drag. As an added bonus, there are three line capacity rings on the spool flange which show the angler 1/3, 2/3 and full capacities on the reel.
Sometimes harness lugs are needed, sometimes not. Switchblade Harness Lugs are available on the 50 and 60 size reel models and can be extended when needed, stored flush to the reel frame when not.
Model SQL30LD weighs 18.2 ounces and has a max drag of 13 pounds while maintaining freespool. The gear ratio is 6.1:1 and 37 inches of line are retrieved with each full rotation of the handle in high gear. Model SQL40LD, also available in left hand, weighs 20.9 ounces and has a max drag of 18 pounds. The gear ratio is 5.1:1 and line retrieve is 37 inches. Model SQL50LD weighs 27.4 ounces and has a max drag of 20 pounds. Model SQL60LD, also available in left hand, weighs 28.1 ounces and has a max drag of 30 pounds. The gear ratio is 4.3:1 and line retrieve of 35 inches for both the 50 and 60.
Base price for PENN Squall Lever Drag is $159.95.