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Old 02-06-2010, 07:19 AM
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Default sea level fly reels (link) -opinions?

I just noticed our local shop is carrying these now,,, seems like a good deal but I always like to check with the majority and see what the rumors and opinions are..

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I've never heard of these reels before, but I sure like the looks with the colors and the fish etching's, and the price is very reasonable. Did the fly shop have any experience with them?

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Sea Level Fly Fishing is a company that makes its mostly through internet sales and the show circuit. Ray, the owner, was able to get his hands on the design of the discontinued Albright Tempest saltwater reel when Albright decided to discontinue it. The Tempest was probably Albright's best design. The smaller #2 reel has a following of California Delta fly fishers.

The Extreme is a big game Tempest. It is built like a tank and can take a lot of punishment. It's cork drag has plenty of stopping power. The only thing that I dislike is the push button spool release. Some colleagues and I have experienced spools releasing off of the reel frames that had push button releases. For a draw bar big game reel, it should be screw locked.

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Default Re: sea level fly reels (link) -opinions?

Hi Tajue17.

I have not seen one of the reels so my thoughts are just general observations. The first reel is 3 7/8 reel that weighs 13.1ozs. That is a lot of weight for a reel of that size. MP didn't say they were made in the US. I also don't particularly like the push button release. It is a full frame reel and they tend to be tough. I can't tell if the drag is sealed and some people like that feature. From the design I don't think it is sealed. Maybe MP can answer that? If you like the full frame design you might consider the Teton/Tioga reels. The olds ones were very good reels.

You didn't say witch reel you are interested in. If it is the small reel look at Ross, Lamson and Nautilus. If you are looking at the smaller reel then I think the Nautilus 7+ feather wight would be my choice. About the same money and maybe a few dollars cheaper.

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Default Re: sea level fly reels (link) -opinions?

hey guys thanks for the posts and you guys brought up some good stuff that I didn't think off,, push button release--> can you imagine the spoll popping on a albie run....

but I was looking at the saltwater models,,, I'm still trying to get a 14# set-up that works and will hold up to the juvinile blue-fins,,, I'm looking for somethign fairly cheap because this is only something I'd do maybe once or twice a season "if that" and the guides I found say I need to bring my own stuff for these type of fish because if the equipment fails its not their fault..

also I like to pass along stuff into the forum for people doing future searchs and having some info pop up..

Frank,, I do agree with the nautilis thats one of the best money deals out there for heavy game fish and a reel with a proven drag --> it may come down to me buying the NV model at some point.
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Default Re: sea level fly reels (link) -opinions?

Hi Tajue17,

If you are thinking about an Nautilus I would try and find a older model of the CCF. It is also heavy but a tough reel. They have some new models in the 12 wt reel. I will look around and see if I can come up with something. In the size you want you might also find a Ross Momentum. I think there are still some around at a discount.

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Default Re: sea level fly reels (link) -opinions?

The reel does not have a sealed drag.

Look for used Abels or Tibors on Ebay. Look for a Big Game 4.5n or 5 or a Super 13 or 14 Large Arbor. The Tibor Pacific would be the one you would be looking for.

There is an Abel BG 4.5n on Ebay currently..
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When it comes to saltwater big game, it is hard to beat the Abels or Tibors.

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