forceful frame What’s the big idea? Cobalt features an industry first, dual-axis machined frame that dramatically strengthens the side that bears the most load. This means the inner and outer surfaces are machined on different axes—which biases material to the top of the reel—adding great stiffness where it matters most, without adding weight. Frankly, we’re surprised no one thought of this sooner. But then neither did we. To compensate for this added material, the foot is embedded—rather than perched—atop the reel. This maintains the relationship with the reel seat and transmits force extremely efficiently. The large arbor spool is also machined with many subtle asymmetries that bring perfect balance without a counterweight. ultimate control The power is in your hands. A “set drag” system of adjustment allows the angler to set a preferred stripping pressure against a stop. Access the full range of torque in half-pound click stop increments through a single rotation of the drag knob, with increments etched into the knob for visual reference. the finish is the end ... of corrosion, that is. Cobalt is endowed with a coating as hard as type III anodize but with 20 times the protection against a saltwater environment. The stunning Micralox finish process is exclusive to Waterworks-Lamson in the fly fishing world.