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Old 05-11-2008, 09:01 PM
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Question New reel help...

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I'm in the market for a new fly reel after spending several years with my Orvis Battenkill disc drag (recently this reel has one heck of line backlash problem when I'm stripping line out...I'd hate to think what would happen if I had a big fish on...).

I have a Sage FLi 5-wt. rod and would like to spend $200.00 or less on a new reel. I mainly fish for trout (small brookies to 2 - 3 pound 'bows/browns). Important highlights would be reliable drag, no backlash, tough finish (I can be hard on my equipment), smooth "feel" when in use...

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Thanks for any help!!

~Seth

P.S. Reel "click" doesn't bother me when reeling or stripping line...
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:41 PM
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I would look at a Ross Cimarron or Cimarron LA. American Made,great drag and service second to none. Should balance your Fli really well.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:24 PM
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Hi Sesro

If I were you I'd take that Battenkill back to Orvis and see what they can do to fix the problem. As for reels in your price range you might take a look at the Battenkill Large Arbor while you at it too. I have a bunch of different Orvis reels and have like them all( CFO, Battenkill Discs).
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:02 PM
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There are so many great choices. I have a 5 wt Sage Fli as well. I set it up with an Orvis Mid Arbor and purchased an extra spool to hold a sink tip line. I've been using it a LOT this winter/spring and have been quite satisfied. Reel cost is $119 and extra spool was about $69. I lucked out and bought it this winter when orvis was running their 10% off price plus they included the Wonderline. I ended up getting the Reel and line for $100. But, it would definitely be worth the regular price.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:28 AM
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that orvis mid arbor always seems to be popular from forum reading. i'd take a look at a galvan standard arbor too, though a bit more expensive a reel, it should come in just under your limit new.

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