Loop Evotec CLWC

My fishing buddy bought one of these reels a few weeks ago – needless to say he wishes he had not bothered. I love the tag on the Loop Page “Be tough on your Evotec CLWC. It will love it”

The Loop Composite flyreel CLW

Purchased one of these recently. I’ve had six sea trout with it, but no thanks to the reel. It literally fell to pieces each time. This would either happen as I’m getting the fish onto the reel, or as I’m reeling the fish in.

Initially I thought it was a one-off dud. The vendor replaced it straight away with no quibbles (GAC for anyone wondering – they’re not all bad!). Unfortunately the replacement has exactly the same problem.

It seems like the thread on the spool retention screw is too shallow. Being plastic , it’s more malleable which I think would cause the thread to become damaged over time. Each time the reel failed, the screw would fall out, causing the boss and spool to also fall into the water. Just as well the bits float eh!

Just my opinion, but these reels are utter mince.

To the point methinks!

Loop Tackle

EDIT: To their credit Loop replied to my pal and the issue has now been resolved(see comments) – are loop taking a leaf out of Orvis customer service?


  1. David · July 14, 2008

    It looks like the kind of reel that comes in those “Complete Fishing Kit” sets that you always see in the cheap beachfront shops on holiday, next to the swingball and orange crab lines.

    No offence intended, it just does.

    Classic case of style of content with Loop I think.

  2. David · July 14, 2008

    That should be ” style over content”

  3. davie · July 14, 2008

    had the same problem with the CLW reel eventually exchanged it for a vision koma since then no problems

  4. suburban bushwacker · July 14, 2008

    Phew thanks for posting that, I was really thinking about getting one. After all my good experiences with Swedish kit, I’m pretty shocked ! But at least it was your pals money not mine!
    PS thisisfly have linked to you, have they asked for a piece yet?

  5. Alistair · July 14, 2008

    I have got to admit I do quite like the look of it – however somethingthat merely looks sexy does not meet the purpose of a fly reel which is essentially to hold line – I like my sexy reels however at least they do the actual job.

    SBW – I had not noticed they were linking – is it the one on their blog you are talking about?

  6. Peter · July 14, 2008

    It looks like one of those light up yoyos.Can you imagine wading past the buckfast brigade on the Kelvin using one of those?

  7. Alistair · July 14, 2008

    @peter – Considering some of em’ use spears I would imagine a yo yo would be a bit passe!

  8. suburban bushwacker · July 14, 2008

    yes that’s where i saw the link.
    They should give a colum, and although he doesn’t post very often Jeremiah Quinn has some great tales (sound of HINT clanging to the ground)

  9. Alistair · July 14, 2008

    Jeremiah Quinn’s site is great – I would love if he would write a regular column.
    Hey, would you be interested in writing a short article for a wee scottish online mag called Fish Wild – http://www.fish-wild.co.uk/

  10. Alex · July 14, 2008

    A wee update on the reel….

    Loop confirmed that the reel was most likely from a faulty batch produced some time ago.

    They were pretty quick in replying and offered a suitable replacement with the minimum of fuss.

    Crap reel, brilliant customer service!!

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