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Old 10-30-2012, 12:15 PM
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Default Re: Best 12wt Fly Reel

Something I'm not quite sure of here, are you going to use this reel for salt water fishing only?

Provided you don't engage in dunking the reel or tossing the rig onto the sand (another no no) a cork draw drag should be fine. While the reels suggested are good tackle items there is always the Gorilla in the room wearing the price tag. If cost is not a consideration then the choices are many.

One thing I will say regarding service from manufacturers on reels; I had a Tibor Marlin that needed a part. The people at that company were fairly curt in telling me flatly that they no longer carried parts for the reels. Now that made an impression! Yes, they make some really nice reels but 10 years down the river will they discontinue the reel and fail to inventory parts for those in service. The experience with the Marlin made up my mind for me, even though I really like the Tibor Spey reels I will not buy one. I'll buy and use old Orvis Vortex reels because if I have a service need they will be there for me even though the reels are old and I'm not the original owner.

I don't make a habit of whining about some company who didn't treat me 'special' but the Tibor experience was not good. If the day ever comes when the people at Orvis treat me like a second class angler because my reel is 12 years old I'll be sure to let everyone know about that too.

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Default Re: Best 12wt Fly Reel

A lot of very good reels mentioned here, but I'll stick with my Islanders. Yes, they are cork drag type reels, and I like it! Other than a bit of oil, I have never needed any other maintenance. Their machining tolerances are equal to any out there....and none of mine have ever been "jerky".
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A lot of very good reels mentioned here, but I'll stick with my Islanders. Yes, they are cork drag type reels, and I like it! Other than a bit of oil, I have never needed any other maintenance. Their machining tolerances are equal to any out there....and none of mine have ever been "jerky".
Islander is a brand I don't give enough credit.

Here in NorCal, I see many steelheaders with Islander reels on their single handers and two handers.

They are very well made. The tolerances are tight. The finish is superb. And the drag units are very reliable.

Like most draw bar style disk drag reels, Islander products just need a some regular maintenance. A little lovin' goes a long way.

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PS: I also see many centerpin fishermen using Islander reels.
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Billy Pate Tarpon is not a bad one either... time tested
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