03-05-2011, 05:25 PM
Angler's Roost Reel question
I'm looking for a reel for a 5wt Batson RX6 rod I'm building (halfway done with the epoxy). I'm looking to get a reel that will work for this rod and also that will fit with a 5wt bamboo blank I'm hoping to finish this Spring.
I like the look and price of the Angler's Roost 102M reel, but don't know much about it. From reading the stuff I can find on this forum I see really mixed reviews and some strong opinions about Angler's Roost. The article on Reels You Can't Afford Not to Buy didn't answer my questions so I thought I'd post them here to see if anyone has used one of the reels and could speak to it.
My concerns / questions are:
- Is it going to fall apart - basic but important concern.
- Is the drag at least basically smooth - this isn't a reel for salmon or anything, mainly small to medium size trout.
- Does the line hang-up between the spool and rest of the reel?
- Do the feet generally fit most reel seats?
From what I've read, converting it to right hand retrieve is a bit of a trick and it doesn't come with info on how much backing to use. If anyone has info/tips on these I'd welcome them.