The Accurate Fishing Products Story
For over 22 years, a family of high-tech design engineers has successfully produced a series of revolutionary fishing reels.
In 1997, Accurate Fishing Products introduced its first, revolutionary, dual-drag system fishing reels. A little over ten years later, Accurate has expanded its high-tech reel series to include seven blue-water models and eight light-tackle models, all of which have been readily accepted by serious saltwater sport fishermen.
So popular have these new reels become that the company has increased both production staff and scheduling to keep pace with orders which now include local, regional, national and international markets. As one example of Accurate's fishing tackle industry impact, one reel model -- the Accurate Boss B2-870 proved such a hot seller this spring, during its debut at the largest consumer fishing tackle show in the country, that anglers stood four-deep across the exhibit counter as 250 of these reels sold-out in less than four hours after the show's opening!
As you read on, we'll tell you more about our company, how our reels are designed and why Accurate's patented TwinDrag reels offer unparalleled performance under the most challenging angling conditions.
Accurate: The Early Years
Accurate Fishing Products was launched in 1990 as a division of our parent company, Accurate Grinding and Manufacturing Corporation, in Los Angeles, California. Accurate Grinding is a family-owned operation, established nearly five decades ago, in 1950, when Michael DeMarco developed specialized techniques to manufacture jet turbine engine components at a time when precision aerospace manufacturing was just beginning in Southern California.
In 1970, Michael's son, Joe, and son-in-law, Jack, assumed ownership of Accurate
Grinding that led the company into the CNC (computer numerical control) era of machining. Making aerospace components for both commercial and military aircraft obviously calls for the absolute highest standards of manufacturing and the use of the finest materials available, and so it was with this same precision-minded, high-tech, spare-no-cost orientation that Accurate entered the sportfishing tackle market in 1990.
The new venture was called Accurate Fishing Products and our first products were not reels, but fishing gaffs. Due to their high quality, light weight and exceptional strength, the new AccuGaffs soon won favor among saltwater fishermen. Next came reel-conversion components -- our AccuPlates, AccuFrames and AccuKits -- for upgrading Penn fishng reels. The growing acceptance of these conversions soon built this product line into the leader in aftermarket upgrades.
After seeing how enthusiastically the ocean fishing public responded to these precision-built reel components and, being avid anglers ourselves, we decided the next logical step was to build entire reels and focus on making them the most technologically advanced models ever produced.
As a result, by drawing upon our high-tech, aerospace background, the Accurate Platinum TwinDrag® Reels and Boss Magnum TwinDrag® Reels were developed.
To meet increased production demands and better serve our customers, Accurate Fishing Products completed a move to Corona, California in 2002. Accurate purchased its new facility -- a 30,000 square-foot tilt-up building -- and completed its move in late June after relocating from its former 12,000 square-foot building in downtown Los Angeles. Also included in the move was Accurate's parent company, Accurate Grinding and Manufacturing Corporation, a maker of aerospace components.
"Our new facility now not only provides us with the operating space needed to maximize production of our reels and other tackle items, but also gives us the room necessary for further expansion of our market, as our sales continue to indicate," says David Nilsen, co-owner and design engineer for the company.
Why a Twin Drag?
Before introduction of our patented TwinDrag system, traditional fishing reel design applied drag to only one side of the reel spool. As a parallel, imagine trying to stop your car while braking was applied only to the wheels on one side. Besides veering you into a skid, such a one-sided system would produce a large imbalance on moving parts, create erratic pressures, and prematurely wear out brake materials. Unfortunately, the dynamics are no different in single-drag reels. Now imagine the increased efficiency of equal pressure applied to both sides of the spool: the bearings and spool shaft receive a more balanced load, translating into stronger, smoother drags, while the dual-drag design also doubles heat dissipation. TwinDrag design also requires less pressure to be applied to each side of the spool, while allowing precise drag settings with extremely little drag fluctuation.
Here's a simple comparison: Take a standard lever-operated, single-drag reel and a TwinDrag (ATD) reel, set both to the same drag pressure, for example 20 pounds. While both reels will apply the same 20 pounds of drag to a running fish, the ATD reel will accomplish this by applying only half the amount of side pressure to each side of the spool. The single-drag reel, however, applies all of its drag tension to a single side of the reel spool, promoting heat buildup and uneven, jerky drag performance. And here's another Accurate advantage: the precision-adjusted drag of our ATD reels will fluctuate less than a single pound in total drag range when line is pulled--at any speed--from the spool. Said another way, when the drag is set to 20 pounds on a ATD reel, drag pressure will only vary between 19.5 and 20.5 pounds or less! Test that precision uniformity against other reels and you'll see the difference.
Our Platinum TwinDrag reels are also designed with a preset lever (the Boss ATDs have a preset knob) which allows for a precise setting of the drag range. Used in conjunction with the preset lever is a handy, graduated, alphabetical "letter" scale which takes the guesswork out of setting the drag by serving as a definitive, visual reference guide during drag adjustment.
Our ATD reels offer excellent, unhindered freespooling in every drag-setting range from less than 1-pound to total lock-down (more than 70 pounds of drag pressure). They're always ready to fish, right out of the box, with no additional "tuning" or "blueprinting" necessary.
What all of this means to the fisherman is that our Platinum TwinDrag and Boss TwinDrag reels apply the smoothest, best balanced, most precisely set and maintained drag pressure possible, while not falling victim to heat buildup that can cost you fish.
Design and Reel Size
Our dual-drag reel design hasn't been compromised for quality because of manufacturing costs. It's been our philosophy in designing reels that "cost follows product," not "product follows cost." We didn't decide on "price points" and then find ourselves forced to design reels within the manufacturing constraints of that price class. Rather, we looked at each integral component of our reels, then designed each part to be of the lightest weight and most "bullet-proof" strength possible.
We also wanted to make our reels smaller than others on the market, while increasing strength, performance and retaining comparable line capacities. Naturally, smaller reels are more comfortable to use. We decreased size by making the spool arbor smaller in diameter -- allowing corresponding diameters of the sideplate and frame to also condense. At the same time, we added strength to the arbor by increasing the arbor's radius near the inner sides of the spool.
Also contributing to a smaller design is our use of smaller ball bearings for the spool; smaller diameter bearings can be used because our twin-drag system greatly lessens bearing "side load." Side load is the worst influence that can be placed on a bearing. (Most other lever-drag reels must use large ball bearings to withstand the tremendous amount of side load exerted while creating drag pressure on only a single side of the spool.)
Materials play a major role in TwinDrag reel design, so in our design phase we carefully consider how all materials relate to each other, especially after introduction into a saltwater environment. You won't find die-cast parts anywhere on our reels. We produce our ATD reels from solid-bar, aluminum stock, using 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum for all major components such as sideplates, frame, spool, handle and base clamp. This ultra-high-grade aluminum is superior for several reasons: (1) it can be anodized for corrosion protection; (2) it has great heat "sink" (loss and transfer) for drag heat dissipation; (3) it is very light weight, while offering very high strength; and (4) its machinability for holding close tolerances is excellent.
To make our drag-friction washers, we've selected titanium, because it is also very light, super strong and does not shed any part of itself onto the drag washer material (the friction washers create pressure on the drag washers to, in turn, produce drag). By not shedding, titanium keeps the drag washer material free from foreign material contaminants which can cause rough, intermittent drag application.
At-sea performance shows that our drag washers last incredibly long. Laboratory testing is important, but ultimately, there is no truer testing facility than the deck of a boat. Our first production, demo reels have been in rugged use for nearly 40 months now and we haven't needed to change a single drag washer so far! And these are reels seeing duty aboard multi-day, big-game fishing trips in Mexican waters, where the reels have caught literally thousands of game fish, including giant yellowfin tuna weighing up to more than 300 pounds. These reels have also been "overboard" and retrieved many times -- after huge tuna being battled stand-up style made it necessary for a backup rod-and-reel rig to be attached -- and the reels continue to perform flawlessly.
Space-Age Ball Bearings
Our Platinum TwinDrag reels contain seven Class-5, ABEC, stainless-steel ball bearings, while our Boss TwinDrag reels have six Class-5, ABEC, stainless-steel ball bearings. Bearings are rated in classes, with Class 5 being the highest. Class-5 Series Satellite Bearings, for example, operate in orbiting satellites which are not subject to repair.
Bearings in our Platinum TwinDrag reels are positioned with five bearings for the spool and two bearings in the reel handle mechanism. Since the dual-drag design lessens side load, these bearings receive less side pressure, allowing them to run smoother and longer.
Accuracy, Our Namesake
We've invested in newest-technology machines to manufacture the highest quality products with precision accuracy. Both of our series of TwinDrag reels are manufactured by close-tolerance, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines which will hold tolerances of .001-inch for all of the ATD reel parts. These machines are very versatile; they can be programmed to produce a variety of parts and are the same machines used by our parent company to produce aerospace components.
We produce every ATD reel part in our own, state-of-the-art facility in Corona, California so that we control all production stages and can maintain our strict standards of manufacturing excellence.
At Accurate, we follow inspection procedures which have been refined for nearly 50 years. Each TwinDrag reel undergoes the same rigorous inspection process, while our Statistical Process Control (SPC) procedures, along with our Zeiss Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), allow us to constantly monitor each production run.
Support and AccuCare
We pride ourselves on being a family-owned company which delivers excellent product support. On site, we have a team of highly qualified engineers who answer questions and provide service on your TwinDrag reels through our AccuCare program.
Factory-direct servicing also allows us to monitor our reels, gauge their performance and provide feedback for future designs.
Questions or Comments?
If you have any questions about our TwinDrag fishing reels, or have used our products and would like to offer your comments, please contact us.
We wish you exciting fishing and wise use of our marine resources,
David, Jack and Douglas
THE ACCURATE FAMILY