WaveSpin Spool

WaveSpin Spool – available for licensing


WaveSpin’s Spool Technology was developed by Doug Hannon as was MicroWave Guides.

This spool design performs by the use of some very simple but highly important geometric shapes and being incorporated into the spool lip of a spinning reel. Many have stated that our spool lip looks like a saw blade, what they are actually looking at is a series of small ramps that perform much like a series of miniature ski jumps.

Let’s start by taking a look at how a spinning reel with a traditional round spool lip works. Unlike a casting reel the spool is stationary on a spinning reel and it is the lure weight and momentum that pull the line from the spool. At the beginning of a cast the line leaves the reel at such a high rate of speed that the off going line creates a helical outside the spool lip, but on the last portion of the cast the line is being pulled from the spool then up and over the spool lip. The line pulling against the spool lip for the entire 360 degrees creates a great amount of line friction, thus limiting a spinning reels casting ability for distance. The second issue with spinning reels is the bird nesting problem, caused by slack line or a loop on the spool during a cast. The off going line picks up the slack line or loop along with a few other lays of line wrapped around it then it all ends up piled at the first guide in an unbelievable tangled mess.

So let’s get back to those miniature ski jumps on our Patented Design. They actually have two unique purposes:

1. On the cast our geometric design does indeed act just like little ski jumps. Thus forcing the off going line to stay off the spool lip as the line skips from peak to peak. This eliminates up to 70% of the line friction produced by a traditional round spool lip and provides much smoother and further casting.

2. The space between the teeth (ski jumps), also provide a very unique secondary benefit. Our design actually gives that slack line and loops a place to go during the cast which effectively eliminates the off going line from picking up the slack line or loops and causing a tangled mess. In short the off going line forces the slack line or loops down between the teeth on our spool lip and holds it there until such time that the off going line comes to that trouble spot and it then leaves in the normal sequence of the cast without tangling or picking up surrounding wraps of line. At times you will even notice slack line being captured between the teeth and pulled (captured), across the face of the spool lip, these also harmlessly leave in normal sequence of the following cast.

We have to be honest here, Doug loved spinning reels but always hated the associated problems they were known for. Doug was not trying to develop a spool that would perform as a line management tool, he was trying to develop a spool design that would cast smoother and further. The fact that we discovered after the fact that the space between the teeth also added greatly to the design by preventing most tangles was a delightful by-product of the spools design.

In 2008 Outdoor Life Magazine published an editorial on our spool design which stated this was “The first significant improvement in spinning reel design in more than 50 years.” This design also won the Field and Stream magazines “Best of the Best” award in 2008, and TackleTour.com’s Innovation Award in 2009.

We guarantee that with the three inherent benefits this design provides in regard to casting smoothness, casting distance and line management that there is no other spinning spool technology available that can offer better overall performance.

TEST: Casting comparison between WaveSpin patented spool design and traditional spool.

OUTSIDE CONDITIONS: 74 degrees, clear sky with 4 mph cross breeze.

SPOOL DIAMETER: 1 3/4 inches.

ROD:  7′ 2″ medium weight spinning rod equipped with MicroWave Guides.

LINE: Bass Pro Shops Excel Premium 12 pound monofilament.

CASTING WEIGHT: Three 1/8 ounce infinity weights linked together. Total weight 3/8 ounces.

The same rod, reel body, weights and line filler spool were used for both spools. Spools were built to fit the reel one being standard thin round spool lip and one using WaveSpin Technology.

Both spools were filled to the same capacity so that performance data would be 100% clean

comparison. 125 feet was measured out on a level grass plane to prevent weight bounce or sliding for highest accuracy possible. All cast were done with an average cast as when fishing (we were not doing hard cast as you would find in a casting distance competition). Each spool was given 12 casts, highest and lowest distances for each were dropped and an average found using the remaining 10 casts.

Cast Standard Spool WaveSpin Spool
1 89′ 4″ 108′ 4″
2 90′ 3″ 110′ 1″
3 94′ 9″ 109′ 1″
4 95′ 3″ 110′ 2″
5 96′ 6″ longest 106′ 8″
6 87′ 2″ shortest 111′ 0″ longest
7 93′ 1″ 110′ 10″
8 91′ 9″ 106′ 7″
9 96′ 5″ 107′ 8″
10 94′ 6″ 104′ 10″ shortest
11 91′ 3″ 109′ 7″
12 95′ 10″ 107′ 1″

Average after dropping shortest and longest casts from each:

Standard Spool – 93 feet .25 inches | WaveSpoon Spool – 108 feet .5 inches Approximate 16% increase

We do acknowledge that test results may vary from rod setup to rod setup when taking into consideration of all factors such as but not limited to: rod length and action, line weight and type, lure weight, etc… However, we have done tons of testing with different rod setups and have seen improvements as high as 30% above traditional spools. We also see a clear and significant benefit by the WaveSpin design on over 90% of all set-ups we have tested.