Performance meets great value with the Quantum Incyte (continued)
Using an ultralight trout rod matched with the Incyte, casting Berkley’s Atomic
trout tubes and small 1/12 ounce Kastmasters wasn't a problem as long as you make sure
to use the proper line weight and rod.
casting performance with the Incyte
One thing that I
concentrated on here in the casting tests is to try to cast in any way that
could potentially cause
the bail to close. Cast after cast, overhead, sidearm, soft and hard, I wasn’t
able to cause the bail to flip back over during a cast. For some spinning reels
the bail would close on a hard cast but this isn’t of a concern with the Quantum Incyte that I field tested.
A spare spool
Included with the Incyte
spinning reel are two spools. The primary spool is well dressed with red
highlights and is ported. It’s a three-piece design and has a Titanium lip. The
spare spool is a one-piece aluminum spool that doesn’t have all the detailing
you see on the main spool, but it is still pretty sweet. In our tests these two
spools both produced smooth and good casting distances with the lures mentioned
at the primary spool
The three piece spool with the Titanium lip and the
spare spool have the same weight of 1.2 ounces. From the looks of it when you
put both spools side by side, the main spool which is ported definitely looks
lighter but in reality they both weigh the same. Structurally the spare spool
seems to be more solid since there are no drilled out holes and it is
interesting that the porting doesn't result in a lighter spool.
smooth and wobble-free
Out of the box and first time on the water the Quantum Incyte feels surprisingly
Each turn of the handle is velvety and no matter what speed you crank, the spool
and rotor remains balanced and uniform without the feel of distortion or
wobbling. Months later and after working countless trout lures, the reel still
performed as if it just came out of the box, even under the load of a fighting
fish. Though the Incyte isn’t in Quantum’s PT series, its eleven bearing system
along with rigid and precisely machined components add up to a quality package, and I
have to say for $59.99 the reel is quite impressive.
machined aluminum handle
system does a good job at stopping the rotor from going backwards when switched
on. On both retrieve and stop, the reel is very reassuring and there is no play to
delay quick hooksets.
The main gear
Line twists are caused by
various things and not just the reel itself. The rod, reel, lure, line, and user
all contribute to the formula. There are reels that I’ve used that no matter
what you do or change you’ll still experience line twists. The Incyte is an
inspiring spinning reel with a familiar spool and line roller design that does
a good job at mitigating against this issue. Trout lures are notorious at
causing line twists but from the months I have used this reel on stocked trout
in lakes, the Incyte never gave me any problems.
made with precision
more performance results and final ratings