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Old 09-22-2013, 01:00 PM
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Default Cabela's Wind River

I was at Cabela's yesterday picking up my new CT. While I was there I took a look at Cabela's Wind River reel. Don't need a new reel, but these seemed surprisingly nice for a $30 reel. Any experiences?
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:48 PM
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I like them. Have three. They are regularly on clearance for $20. Best $20 reel ever.
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I have one on a new reddington CT 4wt, but have not had a chance to cast it yet. I like the looks and the balance on the rod. One day soon I'll cast it.
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For $20 you probably won't find a better reel. But personally I like my CT with an old vintage click n pawl. J.W. Young Condex is what I have on mine
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It's a very good $30 reel, and an outstanding $20 reel. Watch for it to go on sale. I use one with my 9-wt bass rod and I'm very pleased with it.
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Thought I would bump this as they can still be had for $20 shipped though tonight.

Very nice reel for the money. Looks a lot better in my hand than it did on the internet. Drag adjusts smoothly and tightens up firm. Just a little too heavy in the smaller sizes. I'd highly recommend it for a great starter aluminum reel at a plastic reel price. Mine has a touch of run out at the spool edge. I really can't find anything else to complain about for a reel that costs about the same as the flyline backing it will hold.
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I have their #1 on my 8'6" 3wt CT. It will balance on one finger on the cork. Hey, I got bored tonight waiting for the fish to settle down after some ducks spooked them.
Seriously its a perfect reel for that rod, and it has a more robust drag than the Redigington Pursuit I bought for the five weight. It might **** out tommorow, but I've fished for a couple of weeks now and I like it. I'm not sure I'd buy one for an eight wt, but for a three, four or five? I like them, and at twenty, or even thirty bucks I don't think you can beat them.

Caveat, if you plan getting fish on the drag regularly, spend more. Okumas, Prestige Premire, Battenkills, higher end Redington, Lamson, all for under a hundred. But for most trout/panfish/small bass applications I like these reels. And if I'm wrong? You're only out thirty bucks.
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Only 20 bucks tonight and that is why I am hyping them. I understand they are on sale frequently but you usually need a real order for free shipping.
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Only 20 bucks tonight and that is why I am hyping them. I understand they are on sale frequently but you usually need a real order for free shipping.
Right there with you. If you fish trout or pan fish and don't try one you're missing out. Seriously, its a darn solid, light weight, ported aluminium reel with a very respectable drag for twenty bucks and free shipping. Try one. What do you have to lose?

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Damn you IATROUTER! I just talked myself into buying another one! I have an old Leonard that I've treaded as a museum piece. Talking about these reels made me realize that's silly. What good is it doing me in the closet? It lives at my fathers house, since he has room to store stuff, a fact I take advantage of, so come my next trip over to the Glades its going fishing. I just bought a Wind River 5wt reel, a house brand WF5F line and 200yds of backing for $52 shipped. You can't beat that with a stick. Folks, I don't work for cabelas, but for the price of a line I just got a solid reel loaded.
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Default Re: Cabela's Wind River

We're on the same side of this discussion here, but the WR reel is not light. In size one it weighs 2 1/2 times what my Galvan Brookie weighs. There is the matter of the Galvan costing literally ten times as much though.

In larger sizes the WR is much closer to the weight of better reels.
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