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Old 11-12-2012, 07:43 PM
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Default Greys G-series

Does anyone use these reels and are they durable. I saw them at sport chalet for $50 and thinking of getting one for a 4wt rod i have.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:39 PM
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Greys has a good name and is the second line to Hardy. Hook & Hackle has that reel for $45 and it is listed as a die-cast aluminum reel. So it is what it is.
Here is the company description.

A very high quality entry level reel that a beginner will use with confidence and probably keep throughout its life. On the other hand, this is a good looking, efficient, superbly light reel which teams up with any of the Greys range of shorter river rods where balance and delicacy are essential.

Features:
* Made of lightweight die-cast aluminum for strength and durability
* Click and pawl drag system of the G1 model makes it a great reel to balance light rods
* Higher line sizes feature a more powerful disc drag system
* Easy to change spools
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I bought one for my 7.5' 4wt Redington Crosswater. I like it! Not real sophisticated but nice Hardy sound and well built.

It's the small reel on the far right:

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In real terms, unless you're really chasing 'big fish in big water' you don't need a $600 reel. With some notable exceptions, 'reels' are a place to store your fly line. Grey's are very good products; Hardy's second line.

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Wannafish, Is that a St. John you have there? I used to have one just like it, ribbed brass reel foot and all, but I lost it...
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I've seen it in stores and it looks nearly identical to the Albright Topwater. It may even be the very same item with a different label slapped on. I've got a Topwater 5/6 as a backup reel and it's okay. Sturdy and basic, not as elegant or finely machined as some others, but it does the job for trout. Albright is always discounting their stuff (their supposed "MSRP" is a joke) and you can usually get their version for about half that price when they have them in stock.

Topwater Reel 3/4

PS: I just checked the Albright website and they seem to have the 5/6 but not the 3/4 in stock right now.
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I take your point: "Suggested Retail Price: $74.50
Our Price: $22.65

It will cost them five bucks just to mail it to you ...
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Wannafish, Is that a St. John you have there? I used to have one just like it, ribbed brass reel foot and all, but I lost it...
Yes it is; my father started fishing with it in the '50s and has no idea where he got it but I'm happy to have it now
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Yes it is; my father started fishing with it in the '50s and has no idea where he got it but I'm happy to have it now
A buddy of mine sold me a new in the box 70's St John about five years ago. It has become my main Steelhead reel.
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I use a G-series and love it. Good drag system and sturdy. cant go wrong for the price. I got mine with a TFO rod and line and backing all for 130$ can't asy much about durable yet i have only had it for a few months now.
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