The “Reel” Advantage

The “Reel” Advantage

The “Reel” Advantage

Wave Springs over Coil Springs: How They Affect Fishing Reels. 

Fishing Reel utilizing a Multi-Turn Wave Spring

In certain applications, wave springs are an excellent alternative to coil springs. Wave springs have the ability to take up 50% less axial space than conventional coil springs, but still provide the same force and deflection required for the application.

Coil Spring         Wave Spring

The space saving attribute of the wave spring allows the application to become lighter by using less material and eliminating unnecessary space and excess material.

Lastly, wave springs have precise load deflection over coil springs. This load deflection allows the wave spring to have a consistent spring rate and load progression over the targeted compression range. For fishing enthusiasts who are particular about their reels, having a consistent and targetable spring force allows the reel to function more smoothly and eliminate drag.   

Linear Deflection Curve

In a reel drag adjustment assembly, coil spring loads start out linear then planes up at the end of the drag curve, meaning a fisherman can’t use the last 30% of their drag adjustments.

With a wave spring the fisherman has a more linear drag curve when turning the drag knob.  They are able to use all the drag necessary to reel in their big catch. Using the wave spring over a coil spring allows for a smoother drag which is important for catching large fish or fish that might be in a marsh, or under a dock. 

In addition, the weight savings present in a reel using wave springs compared to typical coil spring permits the fisherman to cast longer without experiencing fatigue.


Take a look at our Wave Spring Overview or Download our White Paper “The Best Springs You Haven’t Tried Yet” for more information about Rotor Clip’s TruWave wave springs.

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