We've spotted an interesting looking, new fishing reel at the back of a UK sea angling magazine. There's only a small picture to go on but the multiplier reels - which look to be manufactured predominantly for sea fishing - appear to be branded as 'Akios', a brand we haven't heard of before. In fact searching for the brand online has almost drawn a complete blank. The only possible
link we could find is that the AKIOS trademark in the UK is owned by Sellfish Tackle Ltd - a company I had only linked with retailing until now.
Taking a closer look at the photograph it looks like the Akios range of reels is named 'S-Line'. One of the reels in shot looks to be called the S-Line 757CS. The reel in question has a level-wind which begs the question whether Akios have 'borrowed' ABU's naming convention of CS for level-wind, CT for without. We can confirm that there is a converted, level-wind free reel in shot.
Much like the Rocket Reel Company TG-F1 launched earlier this year, there appears to be a lot of design similarities with the latest ABU Ambassadeur range of multipliers, even down to the design of the star drag. One in shot appears to feature the newer version of ABU's mag control with the knob at the bottom of the left sideplate.
We look forward to finding out more in July.
Reel specifications, price and launch date are now available : Akios S-Line Reels
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