Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy a Svivlo reel?
For now you can get a Svivlo reel right here on svivlo.com. Once we have distribution in place, a Svivlo reel can be purchased at your local store.
Can I get Genesis ONE in more than one size?
The first reel we produce will be 300 model in both right and left hand crank. All technical details will be posted shortly.
Draken ONE, a 100-size bass reel, is planned to hit the shelves in Q4 of 2023.
Who can use a Svivlo reel?
A Svivlo reel can be used by anyone that wants to fish. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or tournament angler, there are huge benfits for all.
The biggest – increasing the possibility to catch fish.
Do I need to use the spool brake?
With CastGuard, you don’t need to use the spool brake to set the resistance to the weight of the bait. The spool brake should be adjusted so that there’s no leeway on the spool axle.
However, the spool brake allows you to adjust the aggressiveness of CastGuard which increases the versatility and making skipping very easy.
Does CastGuard require bed-in?
When you turn the handle on the Svivlo reel, you might feel a non-fluid movement. This is normal and due to that CastGuard brake arm needs to become compatible with the brake drum, so they fit together. This process, which is called bed-in, usually takes 10-20 casts but can differ based on cast distance, handle turn speed, and other parameters.
The bed-in process creates a few microns thick layer of brass from the brake drum on the CastGuard brake arm. This process also removes unevenness created during the manufacturing process and mates the two surfaces to a near perfect geometrical match.
Can I cast longer?
Independent tests has shown that you can cast longer with a Svivlo reel than a tuned traditional baitcaster.
Do I need to use my thumb?
Only when releasing the spool and to place the fishing lure in a specific location. When the bait lands in the water, CastGuard will slow down the rotation of the spool. If you place the bait in a tree immediately after casting, the spool will only rotate a few revolutions before stopping.
What is CastGuard?
CastGuard is a completely new type of cast brake that is activated by the retardation of the spool when the line is not stretched. When the line slackens, the spool speed is reduced until the line is stretched again. This sequence is repeated until the spool speed is zero.
CastGuard uses a Transversor to detect the change in rotational speed. The Transversor is already used in fall protection for walkers https://www.rolloguard.com.
How does CastGuard compare to digital brakes?
The digital brakes, which have become both better and cheaper in recent years, are currently among the best on the market. However, they still use braking technology based on rotational speed and address symptoms rather than causes. In addition, they require adjustments to adapt to fishing. Some even require charging to work.
There's a clicking sound when I turn the handle. Is this normal?
Due to the design of CastGuard™, when you turn the handle slowly it will generate a slight clicking sound. This is normal and not something to worry about.
What differs CastGuard from other cast brakes?
It solves the backlash problem.
Current technologies used on baitcasters are activated and brakes only in relation to the speed of the spool. This means that the braking effect is highest at the beginning of the cast and lowest at the end of the cast. A combination of spool brake, magnetic brake, centrifugal brake and thumb is required to properly handle a cast.
CastGuard is activated by Euler force (change in velocity) alone and then applies braking effect with Euler force and centrifugal force. CastGuard is self-adjusting, which means you don’t have to adjust anything to adapt your casts to the weight of the bait or wind conditions.
What is Euler Force?
Owl force occurs with a change in rotational speed. It is a fictitious force in the same way as centrifugal force and is a result of inertial force in one or more bodies. You can read more about Euler force here.
How do I prevent backlash?
There are no solutions available on the market that address the cause of the backlash. Attempts have been made to alleviate the problem by using centrifugal brakes, magnetic brakes, spool brakes, reducing the weight of the spool and reducing friction in the line spreader, among others. The most skilled also use their thumbs to push down the line during spool rotation. Unfortunately, these methods are often counterproductive; the brakes reduce cast length, and reducing friction increases rotation speed, which in turn increases the risk of backlashes. The latest innovations in electronic brakes are exciting and offer a greater opportunity to address the problem, but they only address the symptoms of the problems.
I use a spinning reel. Can I really use Genesis ONE?
Genesis ONE is an excellent alternative to a spinning reel and in fact is easier to use.
Backlash is caused by a number of interacting factors, but basically when the spool continues to feed out the line even though the bait has stopped pulling on it. This is mainly due to the mass (weight) of the spool in combination with the speed of rotation and the mass and design of the bait. Higher rotational speed and lower weight of the bait causes more backlash. Unfortunately, this also means that the further you want to cast, the greater the risk of problems.
Do I need to use the centrifugal brake?
With CastGuard you no longer need a centrifugal brake. The centrifugal brake also drastically reduces the length of the cast as it brakes all the time and more the further you want to cast.
Is Genesis ONE a beginner's reel?
No, absolutely not. Genesis ONE is a reel that can be enjoyed by any angler that want’s to have the lure longer time in the water.
Why would a new small company like Svivlo be able to solve the problem?
That is a good question. We think it’s because we just haven’t previously been in the market, and we have a different frame of reference than the established brands that have been around since the beginning. Our technology was invented by a watchmaker who was not an angler but a problem solver and therefore not bound to the way things have always been done. Rather than a small iterative improvement on an existing technology, CastGuard is a giant leap with unprecedented possibilities. By focusing on the cause of the problem and not the symptoms, we’ve managed to develop something no one else has been able to do.