For the past several years, I’ve had the feeling that a lot of reel manufacturers are focusing a lot on weightlessness instead of structural integrity. I’ve had some reels come across my desk that feel like a feather but I can practically bend the frames with just my hands. I understand that a lightweight reel is important but at the end of the day, if it doesn’t last a long time, is it really worth the investment?
I’m really happy with the lightweight aluminum frame construction on the Zata. As I mentioned earlier, it’s not going to be the lightest reel you’ve ever fished but rest assured that it’s not some flimsy reel that will only last a year or two. It’s a super solid reel that has no flex when it’s under stress, whether you’re fighting a big fish or fishing a crankbait or jerkbait. It’s super comfortable to use for a long day of fishing and I’ve been using it on the new Veritas Spinning Rod and I must say, it’s an incredibly well balanced setup and feels awesome in my hands.