By now I am certain you have heard that PENN 706Z and 704Z are being made once again. Just like the original, the new version is made right here in USA ,Philadelphia if you want to be more specific.
We have received a sample reel and were told that they expect the reels to be in the stores in September at cost around $200. First they want to test them to make sure all is well. We gave our sample to Lou Caruso, our Rod Guru for testing. I am sure that fishing with it will bring back a lot of memories for him.
The reel is the same reincarnation of the original as you can see in the video below. You can swap the parts from new version to old version. You should be able to get parts once again to fix your old Z reels. If it’s the same, then why would they need to test you ask? I asked the same question.
The reason for it is simple. The new reels will have parts made from some new suppliers and PENN wanted to make sure that everything is working as it should. Which makes sense.
The only difference in these reels that I could see is a Drag knob and lack of decal around the spool. Here is the video where you can see it for yourself including the inside of the reel