This is my first post and I was looking for some advice about reels that won't cost more than $100. I just got at 3-5wt and 7-9wt topflite reels for my 5wt and 8wt rods. Firstly I was wondering anyone's thoughts on these reels and if there are any other good brands that don't destroy my wallet that I should know about. Secondly I was wondering about reel oil. What brands should I use? How often should I oil my reels?
Peter, welcome to the site! I've been using Okuma Reels for several years & like them very much. Not expensive, good quality for the price & have held up very well. I have a couple of Sierra's & Integrity's. I rarely fish for trout, so the Sierra's get used for panfish on 3 & 4 wt rods, while the Integrity's get used for LM bass, SM bass & Striped bass on 8, 9 & 10 wt rods.
On my 6 wt is a Lamson LP-2 reel that I bought in 1989. This was before they became Waterworks/Lamson. It's no longer made & is still going strong. Lamson reels are generally more expensive than the $100 limit you've set, but if you can find one for that price or under, they're a fine, well made reel.
I use 3 in 1 oil on my fly reels. You really don't need a special oil, and any light reel oil will work. With hard use, I'll clean & oil them 2 or 3 times a year unless they get dunked, then I'll do it more often. I also fish in brackish water quite a bit, so have to be concerned with salt. Have never had a problem with any fly reel in the 47 years I've been fly fishing.
welcome to the forum peter
although i cant speak for the reel you mentioned, i can highly recommend allen fly reels.
in particular the new ats reel, which also falls right in your price range ATS Reel Series - Allen Fly Fishing Store
good reel for the money and absolutely awesome customer service.
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I don't have any experience with topflite reels, but I can recommend the LL Bean Pocket Water reel for your 5wt. It's a little loud for my taste, but performs very well and has an ironclad warranty--all for a helluva price.
Okuma reels are good value for the money, and I own several myself, but they do have a large foot that doesn't fit on all rods. If you want an Okuma, best to try it on the rod you're planning to use before you buy it. If you can't, at least buy it from someplace that has a no-questions-asked return policy, just in case you bring it home and find it doesn't fit.
I just got at 3-5wt and 7-9wt topflite reels for my 5wt and 8wt rods.
If you have not done so, line them up, and fish the snot out of them. Let us know how they work. The 3-5 weight model can't be that bad especially since it will most likely be a line holder.
Originally Posted by peter hanman
Firstly I was wondering anyone's thoughts on these reels and if there are any other good brands that don't destroy my wallet that I should know about.
Sorry. I just learned about Topflite reels from this thread. As for sub $100 reels, check out the selections from Orvis and Redington. Usually my first choice for a lower price pointed 8 weight reel is a Lamson Konic 3.5. It cost more than what you want, but sometimes you can snipe one from eBay under $100.
Originally Posted by peter hanman
Secondly I was wondering about reel oil. What brands should I use? How often should I oil my reels?