The Accurate Valiant series of reels has definitely made a name for itself in a relatively short amount of time. Anglers have gravitated to the new line of lightweight, powerful, single and 2-speed reels for their angling needs.
With the introduction of the BV-300 single speed anglers saw the fit in their arsenal for this little work horse coupled with one of today’s lightweight graphite / Glass rods. The 300, weighing in at 9.9 ounces, holds 325 yds of 30 lb braid and gets 38” of retrieval per crank which, with its combination of 6.1 gear ratio, larger shaft, and new torque arm, equated to a little powerhouse for a variety of fishing. West coast anglers were using them for Bluefin and Yellowfin tuna ranging from 15 to 20lb schoolie fish to 50 to 60lb breezers on both bait and jig. They were pushing this small reel which was built for the challenge. Rods with a medium to fast tip and a slower backbone were a perfect fit for hanging fish and taking the pressure off the angler and putting it back on the fish. The light weight of the entire combo made it way more enjoyable yet the cranking power of this small reel was amazing. The single speed BV-300 was the closest thing to a 2-speed in the minds of many of the anglers. The ability to wind through the rod keeping it loaded was the key and could not be possible without a more parabolic rod for the job. We had a lot of loyal Accurate anglers using them for large weedless baits for big calicos and fishing yellows on the flats with live bait. This reel started a buzz that has continued with the addition of the bigger sizes.
The next Valiant out of the chute was the BV-400 size which was introduced in both single and 2-speed models. This reel was highly anticipated by the public with the loyal 400 size users looking for a lighter, more powerful reel to accomplish their fishing tasks and push the envelope with the influx of new gamefish in the Southern California bight. The proto reels were filled with 50lb braid and loaded onto rods that had the actions to effectively apply pressure on heavier fish with a more parabolic action. The results were solid with several Bluefin Tuna in the 90 to 100 lb range landed on the BV2-400. People were impressed with the cranking power of the reel but more impressive was the TwinDrag® putting out the stopping power to slow these animals down. They are also great reels for fly-lining for yellows or white seabass on the coast at the island. The clicker on the reels was an added plus to guys fishing live bait in the rod holder as well as those guys slow trolling baits. The BV-400 and the BV2-400 are 14 and 14.3 ounces respectively and line capacity is 325 – 350 yds of 50lb braid depending on manufacturer. Line retrieval per crank is 38” for the 6.1 gear ratio single speed and 38”/19” for the 6.1/3.1 2-speed gear ratios. The Valiant, like all Accurate reels, have stainless steel gears and shafts offering a very powerful combination that results in a noticeable difference turning the handle when under load. The gear, shaft, and arm are the center of the creation of cranking power. The stronger material and design creates the opportunity to take an additional crank when other times you cannot. Each turn of the handle can be the difference of getting the fish out of the structure or turning their head towards the boat to break their will. Constant pressure is the key. It’s a combination of the rod action and the cranking power of the reel.
The most recent addition to the Valiant series is the BV-500/BV-500N single and 2-speed models. The 500 single and 2-speed models round out the mid range size reels for fishing 50 / 65lb braid for live bait, casting surface iron, and limited trolling. The BV-500N size is awesome for fishing a jig for tuna, Japanese jigging, or fishing a live bait for a variety of species we have on the west coast. Whether it’s a foamer of 100 lb Bluefins, Yellows on the V’s at Catalina, or stalking the grey ghost on the coast, the BV-500 single or 2 speed will stand up to the challenge. These reels weigh in at 15 ounces for the 500N and 16 ounces for the 500 sizes respectfully. Line capacity for the BV-500 is 475 yds of 50lb and 350 yds of 65lb braid and the BV-500N capacity is 300 yds of 50lb and 375 yds of 40lb braid. Line retrieval per crank on the 500 size reels is 45” on the single speeds (6.1 gear ratio) and 45”/ 30” on the 2-speed reels (6.1 / 3.1 gear ratios).
All Accurate reels come with a 2 Year Free Service warranty that includes parts and labor. The reels are manufactured in Corona, California in the good old USA.
Accurate Valiant 2-Speed Reels feature:
• Sleeved spool for extreme castability
• All new ergonomically-correct design
• Accustop calibrated drag lever
• Stainless steel ARB bearing
• 17-4 heat treated steel gears and gear shaft
• 2 year free service program
• Patented Twin Drag