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Cranking It Up with Abu Garcia's Orra Winch (continued)

Power: The Orra Winch's gearbox is noticeably smaller than that of the REVO Winch so it was good to test this reel with some super deep diving cranks to see if there was any significant loss in power with the downsized gear box. I'm happy to report that while the Orra Winch does not pull baits like Strike King's 10XD and DD22 crankbaits as effortlessly as the REVO Winch, it can more than hold its own with these baits.

... but it doesn't sacrifice much in terms of power.

That extra long 95 millimeter handle really helps with leverage and the brass gear, even though it's smaller than the aluminum gear in the REVO Winch, somehow assists with the reel's power. The Orra Winch is indeed worthy of its namesake.

Braking system is magnetic ...

Casting Range: The Orra Winch has the exact same braking system as the Orra SX, so unlike the REVO Winch, which has a dual braking system of centrifugal combined with magnetic, the Orra Winch simply has magnetic brakes that are adjustable through the dial located on the outside of the non-handle sideplate.

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justable via this external dial.

This braking system is a somewhat basic, no frills system but enables the Orra Winch to cast plugs down to about three eighths of an ounce (3/8oz). For any baits lower than that, you're better off with a more sophisticated reel, or really, why not just use spinning gear?

That bar between the spool and front plate ...

Features: Abu Garcia's Orra Winch features the afore mentioned external brake dial along with one bearing on the levelwind, one bearing and one bushing per handle knob, and both a clicking dragstar and spool tension knob. There is no cover for the reel in the retail box, but there is a vial of oil to help keep the bearings in the Orra Winch quenched.


Features Ratings for Abu Garcia Orra Winch

Ext Brake Adjust? (1-2)
Levelwind Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Micro Clicks (1-3)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Oil (1-2)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Is spring loaded and holds the non-handle sideplate secure until you're ready to remove it.

Design & Ergonomics: The Orra Winch shares very similar ergonomics to its REVO counterpart only the gear box is not quite as oversized so those who find the REVO gear box gets in the way of their grip might find the Orra Winch a bit more comfortable to their hands. I don't grip the reels in a manner where the REVO gearbox has been an issue for me.

Four different sized screws holding the handle sideplate closed making reassembly a little more tedious than it needs to be - relatively speaking.

I really enjoy the Orra Winch's 95 millimeter handle and actually prefer the cheaper, soft rubber knobs on this reel to the EVA knobs on its REVO counterpart. The reel palms as comfortably as the REVO Winch, but it weighs roughly three quarters of an ounce more. It might seem insignificant but it is noticeable. Disassembly and reassembly is pretty straight forward with this reel.


Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Abu Garcia Orra Winch

Handle Length (1-5)
Knobs (1-5)
Palming (1-5)
Overall Weight (1-5)
Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

These simple rubber knobs are very comfortable.

Application: Again, like its REVO counterpart, the Orra Winch is a specialized reel but thanks to its deep spool, that specialty doesn't have to be limited to cranks, spinnerbaits, and other normal sized baits that are best fished with a slow gear ratio reel. Because you can get a good amount of twenty pound (20lb) test nylon monofilament on this reel, you can even use it for bigger baits like a Roman Made Negotiator or GanCraft Jointed Claw 175 or even the 230. The only techniques for which this reel is not very well suited are finesse applications.


Application Ratings for Abu Garcia Orra Winch

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)



Abu Garcia Orra Winch Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This reel is impressive out of the box 9.0
Performance A reel very worthy of its namesake 7.6
Price A great price for a solid performing reel 8
Features Abu Garcia reels almost always do well in our features checklist 8.6
Design (Ergonomics) Comfortable to palm and a nice long handle 7.2
Application Well suited for moving baits small or semi-big 6.8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Affordable cranking reel available in both left and right hand retrieve - Slightly smaller gear box means less power than the REVO - but only a little
+ Brass gears = buttery smooth retrieve  
+ Really good line capacity for use with heavy monofilament  

The Orra Winch easily wins our Best Value Award.

Conclusion: The Orra Winch is a surprising little reel. It looks like something above its retail price of $99.99 and thanks to its brass gearing, has the buttery smooth performance to perpetuate that idea. If held hand in hand in the tackle store next to its pricier cousin the REVO Winch, many anglers would opt to have two Orra Winch reels over the cost of a single REVO Winch. What's more, normally, low speed retrieve reels in this price range are only available right hand retrieve - but not the Orra Winch. You can get this reel in both left and right hand retrieve. If you're in the market for a dedicated cranking reel and don't have a lot of coin to spend, you need to take a serious look at the Orra Winch. In TackleTour terms, it is a Best Value Award recipient!


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