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Old 08-04-2014, 09:59 AM
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I am looking for a back up reel. Long story - I will try to make it short.

I have started going fishing on my motorcycle - the evening before I put all my gear on / in my bike and leave early in the morning. The dreaded happened this past Saturday. I got to a great spot, got all geared up and then while putting my rod together I remembered that I forgot my reel!! UUGGHHH. So I broke everything down and headed home.

At least I got a nice ride out of it.

I would like to get a decent / inexpensive reel that I will leave in my motorcycle saddle bag all the time in case this ever happens again. (5-6 weight)

I will admit I am vain - I do like a nice looking reel - to give you an example, I like how the Allen Trout II looks, but do not think I want to spend $150 for something that rarely (I hope) gets used.

Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

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Default Re: What to get as a backup reel?

Konic- and a lock for your saddle bag
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Get an Okuma Sierra and glue a picture of an Allen reel to it, like a veneer
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What is your primary trout reel (and rod)? When I think Colorado I always think of both Scott and Ross as both are built in Montrose. I suspect with design changes underway there may be some discontinued discounting on some Ross models.
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Surprisingly how hard to find are the old Phlug. Medalists. Things are bomb proof right down to the simple drag system. Considering the millions of these thing built finding a used one will take some serious searching.

How 'retro' can you possibly get? Well, a old Hardy.

But another vote for the Ross reels.

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Default Re: What to get as a backup reel?

Allen has a $99 reel. Orvis battenkill is a great looking reel for also about $99. Two great options.

Also check out the anglers roost. They have some for closer to $50/60 that look great and work fine.
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Default Re: What to get as a backup reel?

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What is your primary trout reel (and rod)? When I think Colorado I always think of both Scott and Ross as both are built in Montrose. I suspect with design changes underway there may be some discontinued discounting on some Ross models.
Primary rod is Sage VT2 - reel is Lamson Velocity.

I would love to find a discontinued Ross, just no luck yet.

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Keep your ear to the ground for a Ross...but, you are NEVER going to forget your reel again. Something else maybe but not your reel. Still, an old, scratched up but true Hardy Princess should be obtainable not too dearly.
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Primary rod is Sage VT2 - reel is Lamson Velocity.

I would love to find a discontinued Ross, just no luck yet.

Jonathan
Since you already have a Velocity why not another one? Since they have been discontinued I have seen them go for really good prices. Heck, I've got a brand new #2 and spare spool I would give you a heck of a deal on.
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Keep your ear to the ground for a Ross...but, you are NEVER going to forget your reel again. Something else maybe but not your reel.
Agree! Maybe I should just have 2 of everything and leave the extra set in my bags!
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