Oceanic Finger Reel
The Oceanic Finger Reel is just the thing that you need to deploy your SMB at depth safely. It makes the job so much easier and has been specially designed to suit your individual requirements.
This reel comes with a durable braided line and a double-ended stainless steel bolt snap to secure the reel.
The holes in the side allow for clipping a double-ended snap anywhere along the perimeter of the finger spool to keep the line tight when not in use.
Small and low-profile, a finger spool fits nicely out of the way in a pocket or clipped off to a D-ring. The larger finger spools are also an alternative to reels for shooting lift bags and surface marking tubes.
- The finger reel is ideal for divers of all levels as jump reels or using marker buoys and lift bags.
- Includes a double-end stainless steel bolt snap for convenient stowing
Helpful Tips for the Oceanic Finger Reel
The skills required to deploy a finger spool are different from those needed to use a typical guideline reel. At first glance, the simple spool looks easier but compared to guideline reels. The finger spool requires specific techniques for successful use. If this is your first finger spool, then seek advice, get a demonstration, and most importantly, you should practice under controlled conditions.
A common usage mistake is rewinding a finger spool in a manner that applies a lot of tension to the line, such as when hanging under a lift bag, causing a very tight line to be wound onto the spool. Upon re-use, the line doesn’t smoothly unwind and sticks, causing the entire spool to be jerked out of the fingers or disappear with the lift bag.
Another consideration is the method used to rewind the line onto the spool. Hold the line loosely and use the spool to take up the line; if you hold the spool in a fixed position, some wrapping motions with your hand will put a ‘twist’ in line with each wrap around the spool. Depending on how you later unspool, you might wind up with a tangled mess of line (aka ‘birds nest’) if you hold the line in your hand while it unspools.
Although your finger spool is not a guideline reel, the basic care is very similar. It would help if you rinsed your finger spool with fresh water following each dive. We recommend pulling some or all of the line off the spool before each dive, then rewinding it neatly but not too tightly to help prevent problems during line deployment. If the line on your finger spool is new or very dry, we recommend pulling the line off into a bucket of water, which will moisten the line, precluding it from swelling on the spool and causing further issues or damaging the spool. Finally, too much line on the spool can cause tangles during initial deployment. If you have a consistent problem deploying your finger spool, try removing a few (feet/meters) of the line.