At the fly fishing show in Reno I finally got to hold in my hands a reel from Cheeky. I’ve seen these guys pop on the scene and try to make a go of it, and since I have a soft spot for the underdog I was excited to actually see what they were producing. Talking to the Cheeky crew they even offered to get me a reel for Belize to try out.
Sure enough, the Friday before I left it arrived. I decided to put the Mojo 425 on my 8 wt, which I didn’t plan to take before the reel showed up. It ended up being a really wise choice. The 7 wt. line I had for the trip hadn’t been used since Andros and I had forgotten that I had scrapped that line on some limestone and the line was, well, worse for wear. The 8 wt. became the go-to rod for me after the first couple days.
It was this reel that I got the only fish that really took a decent amount of line out on me and from the little I got to fish this reel, I’m cautiously optimistic. I’d need to see it perform a lot longer to really say “this is it,” but initial indications are good. It is a sealed reel, which is a very good sign and would seem to indicate that this reel is not bound to fall apart on you.
I really hope to put one of these through the reel testing that I started pre-marital disruption. I’m told they may send me one come Spring to put through the paces and I hope that happens.
Good luck in the reel game Cheeky. I hope you guys rock it.
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