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Old 02-15-2009, 09:09 PM
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Default If you had to pick a reel?

If you had to pick a new reel for a 5 weight rod what would it be?
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:21 PM
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If you had to pick a new reel for a 5 weight rod what would it be?
That's a little too open ended to get you really useful feedback... which rod, how long is it, do you generally get into fish that put the drag and backing to real use...

My general opinion... I like Ross products a lot, have fished them and also sold them for many years with nothing but confidence and satisfaction. I have a case full of Evo's for 2-5wt rods, and Canyons for 6-7 wt. There are a lot of options for less $, but I like to buy lifetime gear and Ross fits that.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:24 PM
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Default Re: If you had to pick a reel?

I'm in the same boat you are, but I like the feel of the G-Loomis East Fork Reel. I just posted a thread about a reel I found that looks pretty nice as well at THE FLY SHOP - FLY FISHING EQUIPMENT, GUIDE SERVICES, AND INTERNATIONAL FLY FISHING TRIPS and was looking at the L2A reel.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:40 PM
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Default Re: If you had to pick a reel?

Getting a new 5 weight, 4 piece, 9' rod as a present for travelling and am not sure which one it is going to be yet. I normally am going to use it for fishing for browns in the 12"-20" range with the odd one larger. Narrowed it down to:
1)ROSS CIMARRON
2)G-LOOMIS EASTFORK
3)LAMSON GURU
4)ROSS AIRIUS
5)SAGE 2050

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The CLA in my opinion is one of the best values in today's market. The Airius has yet to be proven.... but it's a Ross, so... I know a lot of folks like Lamson... I used to fish them, had some problems, had even more problems with them trying to resolve customer problems, sold my reels and dropped their product. YMMV
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I've been very happy with my Ross Rhythms. They're discontinued and replaced by the Airius (overseas manufactured). You can still find some Rhythms floating around at very good prices.
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Default Re: If you had to pick a reel?

And a cost ceiling....that would eliminate alot.
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Default Re: If you had to pick a reel?

The cost ceiling would be under $220-$230, which all the reels I listed are under that price. If you have something different that you want to add besides those 5 then feel free.
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Pavel: Earlier this year I picked up a nearly new Lamson Litespeed 2 reel for $230 on Ebay and boy is it one fantastic reel. I have had several trout on over 20" and it handles like a dream. The drag system on the Lamson reels is the smoothest I have ever fished.

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Another Hardy. A Bougle or Cascapeida this time. Depends on the rod.
Or even another LRH. All English made, but that kicks them out of the price range.
So what, I'll sell more blood to get the extra money!
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