Online reviews of hunting gear and fishing gear including user reviews of rifle scopes, hunting boots, trail cameras and hunting bows.

Islander - New Mooching Reel Underway

Press Release

The Islander MR2 is one of the best selling premium salmon mooching reels on the market today. With over 4000 MR2s out there, we have a hard time keeping this reel on the shelf. The MR2 has remained virtually unchanged from its original design. Minor changes to the clutch and pawl mounting boss were the only real modification to be made in its more than 10 year history.

"If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!"

Well, it certainly isn't "broken" but many on the development team wanted to create another moocher. The idea was to create a mooching reel that was two-thirds the weight of the MR2 with a contemporary design.

Integrating a large arbor spool into the new mooching reel added an incredible amount of strength to the spool. Even though it looks like a lightweight reel, the spool and frame walls are substantially thicker than that of its LX counter part. The prototype has over 6 cubic inches of capacity, which translates into quite a bit of mono.

To help lighten the reel, the naval brass clutch is being replaced with the proven 7075 hard-coat anodized aluminum clutch, similar in design to the LX version. The only difference is it being made of far thicker material, with a modified profile to enhance strength. It will be surfaced with Teflon® and graphite-impregnated cork.

THE Westcoast Guide Reel is the MR2. It is the reel of choice for the salmon and halibut guides of the Pacific Northwest. We are quite confident in saying that there is no match for the Islander MR2 in the salmon mooching market today. There is an anti-reverse model available to eliminate the dreaded "knuckle busting".

Features at a glance

• All major components machined from solid bar stock aluminum and stainless steel
• Spool-side drag adjustment knob
• Free-spool lever
• Super rugged design
• 3 sealed stainless steel bearings
• 2 year warranty


Fishing Gear Comparisons
Fish Finders

Fishing Reels Casting

Fishing Rods Casting

Casting Rod-Reel Combos

Fishing Reels Spinning

Fishing Rods Spinning

Spinning Rod-Reel Combos

Fish Finders

 Hunting & Fishing Home

Hunting Gear Reviews

 Archery Equipment
 Black Powder
 Hunting Bow Reviews
 Calls Lures Scents
 Hunting Boots
 Hunting Gear Misc
 Hunting Knives
 Hunting Outerwear
 Rifle Scopes
 Shooting Accessories
 Trail Cameras
 Tree Stands
 Walkie Talkies

Buying Guides

Hunting Bows - Part I
Hunting Bows - Part II
Hunting Bows - Part III
Hunting Boots
Rifle Scopes - Part I
Rifle Scopes - Part II
Fish Finders Buying Guide

Fishing Gear Reviews

 Bass Fishing Reels
 Bass Fishing Rods
 Bass Lures Baits
 Fish Finders
 Fishing Line
 Fishing Lures
 Fishing Misc Equip
 Fishing Reels Reviews
 Fishing Rods Reviews
 Fishing Tackle
 Rain Gear

Trail Cameras | Scouting Cameras
Trail Cameras Buying Guide -I
Trail Cameras Buying Guide - II
Trail Cameras Reviews (Brands A-F)
Trail Cameras Reviews (Brands G-L)
Trail Cameras Reviews (Brands M-S)
Trail Cameras Reviews (Brands T-Z)

 Privacy Policy

Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved