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Old 01-05-2009, 06:03 PM
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Default Which standard reel?

Hi all,

I am in the market for a new reel for a 5wt line. Fishing is for trout around eastern PA that includes the West Branch of the Delaware.
I have to say that I like the look of traditional reels.
I was looking at the Galvan Standard, the Orvis CFO III and also the Abel Creek (although it is more than I want to spend).
Any thoughts or experience between the Galvan Standard and the Orvis CFO which are priced closely?

Thank you.
Mike
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:49 PM
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One vote for Galvan
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Default Re: Which standard reel?

I have several Orvis BBS III and IV reels, and love them. Orvis is giving a free
spool with the purchase of a BBS or Mid-Arbor reel for the month of January.

I use the BBS III's for 4 and 5wt lines, and the IV for 6wt's. Orvis's claim
that the BBS III weighs 3.9oz was confirmed by my very accurate digital
scale. It will hold 100 yards of 20lb backing, and a 5wt WF line easily. The
CFO's look very nice, but weigh a bit more. Also, the CFO looks like it doesn't
hold much backing. The local Orvis dealer uses CFO's, but he said the new
design is paper thin, and they aren't as durable as the originals. He said
they don't fare well when dropped on a hard surface, but otherwise.....
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Default Re: Which standard reel?

Galvan
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:38 PM
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Default Re: Which standard reel?

I LOVE the CFO reels especially the older ones.

Don't overlook Hardy LRH or any other of the vintage Hardy reels.
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Default Re: Which standard reel?

i LOVED my older hardy made CFO III click and pawl reel and after it was stolen last year (fished it only 3-4 times), i bought another used one (being shipped now) but if you're considering a newer reel, i'd vote for the galvan standard. it's on my list of reels i want to own and fish one day. the quality of my galvan OB3 is great and the standard should be the same though with the nicer traditional look. it may or may not mean anything to you personally but if you ever wanted to sell it, the galvan is still made in the USA and may command a better used price in the future because of that with some.

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Eric,

Whenever I hear of stolen tackle I feel sad for the owner. I'm glad you have found another CFO and hope you got a killer deal.

I sold a bunch of mine last year and now have only my early CFO IV. I have had all of them over the years and that is why I gave them the nod.

Keep an eye on the gear guy,

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Default Re: Which standard reel?

Thank you all for your replies, it confirms what I was thinking/reading about the Galvan. While I didn't get the chance to handle one, I will most certainly go ahead and buy one.
Now could you recommend a reputable online store (if it is OK with this site to do so publicly) because there are no brick and mortar Galvan dealers around Philadelphia.
Thanks again.
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If you go to the Galvan site they have a map with all of thier PA dealers listed
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