I have this Hatch Monsoon 7 Plus used once or twice by it’s late owner. I am selling it for his widow. If interested please contact me. I had it checked by the folks at Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop and they said it was in perfect order and the new spools of the new model will fit them as well.
Agree, the finatic series definitely lighter than the monsoon, but they’re still tad heavier than other comparable brands, so I still ‘up rod’ them and they work fine and balance nicely.
A friend of mine bought the 1+ and the reel is sure purrrdy, he couples it with sage txl-f 4wt, using gelspun, he manages to have pretty close to 100yrd backing in it!! Don’t get fooled by the size, that thing can take a lot of backing for its intended line wt!
I’m interested in a Hatch reel but it is the weight which concerns me. There are no dealers near me so would have to be mail order.
I have a 8wt Helios rod for bonefish and was wondering If I would get away with a Hatch 5/7 using 40lb gelspun backing -need 175yds or so.
Anyone any experience with the 5/7 and 8wts?