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Old 05-20-2008, 09:22 PM
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Default Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

What is the best fully-machined, center drag, reasonably lightweight, mid or large arbor fly reel near 100 dollars?

Does such a reel exist??? I'd appreciate some recommendations.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:22 PM
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Default Have you looked at Orvis reels

I am not an avid fly fisherman and my experience is very very limited. However, I just finished shopping for a reel and chose an Orvis Mid Arbor Battenkill. This reel lists for about $119 but can be found for $95. While it is made from a casting, I cannot imagine a better reel in this price range. Although I don't have any experience with one, I'd also look at the Pflueger Trion in the same price range. The list price on this one is also about $115, but they can be found for $80 or so. Both of these reels seem to receive pretty high marks from their owners.
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

I was also looking for a similar reel and indeed decided on the Orvis Mid Arbor. Thank God, Orvis had a special some 4-6 weeks ago and one got also a free spare spool when buying the reel online. As a matter of fact, I just had bought one at a dealer and when I came home I had an Orvis e-mail for their specials.
Well, I immediately ordered the reel (and even with the shipping cost, I saved quite a bit - the spare is normally $79 or so) and the next day I returned the one I already bought to the dealer.
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:09 PM
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

The Teton Tioga is about that price on ebay and made in the USA. I solved this problem by going with the Lamson Konic, but they are not machined-- so far, I haven't noticed on my 6 weights. You can often pick up a Lamson Radius in that price range on ebay and they fit your criteria pretty well.

I also like the Orvis Mid Arbors. I took one to Alaska last year as a back up reel for my 8 weight rod and it was the one I ended up using throughout the trip-- great reel for the price.
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

The Lamson KONIC. Lighter weight. It is Machined, but made out of cast aluminum. The Orvis Mid Arbor is going to be heavier. In fact I went with the smalles MA for my 6 wt. because of the weight.
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

Actually the drag is machined, just about everything else (frame, spool) is cast.
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

The G. Loomis venture is a good little reel, and it costs 100$ new.

What fish is this for anyway...im guessing trout
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

I ended up getting a new Teton Standard Large Arbor for 100 on ebay. It has been great so far, I use it for bass and redfish
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

That was a good choice over the venture....its not saltwater safe
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:18 AM
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Default Re: Best Six Weight Reel at around 100 bucks?

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That was a good choice over the venture....its not saltwater safe
You're referring to the venture as not saltwater safe, right? I'm also in the market for a Teton standard (8-10) and my intention is to use it on the flats for bone.
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