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Old 10-24-2013, 03:48 PM
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I just got a new Okuma Integrity 7/8 reel. I have say I am beyond impressed with this thing. I bought it on a whim off ebay from a fly shop that is closing. It was only thirty three dollars NIB so I figured what the heck.
Its the first fly reel I've owned that had a roller ball bearing in the drag. What a difference. The thing is smooth as glass. Give the handle a spin and the spool will rotate five times, even with drag tightened down so hard it will barely let you spool backwards. I am looking forward to lining this thing up and fishing it. Its not the model I wanted, but if it performs this well on the water I might be a convert.
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I have an Okuma SLV on my 5WT. Nice reel with a very smooth drag. All they lack is the Fly Fishing Traditional Stuff Factor. Just my opinion, there is certainly nothing wrong with their reels.
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i've previously owned a few okumas(integrity and slv's), and
thought they were decent reels for the price.
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I own several Okuma reels, both Integrity's & Sierra's in various sizes. I primarily use the Integrity for Bass, Stripers, Bluefish & have caught Redfish using them, and the Sierra reels I use for panfish & trout. Not something I would want to tackle Albacore or Tarpon with, but for most species I might ever get a chance to catch, they're excellent reels. For the price they're hard to beat.
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Sierras seem almost bullet proof, and I've thoroughly exercised a couple of them on silvers and steelhead before retiring them to backup status. My pal has an SLV and I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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I guess I'm the odd man out....

I had an SLV for a 4wt and hated that thing. Stylistically, it looked awful. Functionally, it was OK. In all reality though, drag on a 4wt was rarely used.

The thing I hated the absolute most about it was the drag knob. It was a magnet for everything from errant fly line to dust. That exposed 0-ring would transfer oil/grease to anything it touched. Don't lighten it too much either or else you might loose the entire thing.

definitely on my list of never buying again
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The thing I hated the absolute most about it was the drag knob. It was a magnet for everything from errant fly line to dust. That exposed 0-ring would transfer oil/grease to anything it touched. Don't lighten it too much either or else you might loose the entire thing.
Interesting observation. I'd check that out before I get one...
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I have the sierra in a 7/8 weight and it will be relined with my 5 weight line this spring and my 5 weight reel from llbean will become my 7 weight reel.
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I guess I'm the odd man out....

I had an SLV for a 4wt and hated that thing. Stylistically, it looked awful. Functionally, it was OK. In all reality though, drag on a 4wt was rarely used.

The thing I hated the absolute most about it was the drag knob. It was a magnet for everything from errant fly line to dust. That exposed 0-ring would transfer oil/grease to anything it touched. Don't lighten it too much either or else you might loose the entire thing.

definitely on my list of never buying again
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The SLV generally gets good reviews for a reel in it's price range. Mine functions extremely well. We agree on the style points. It looks too much like modern spinning gear to me.
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I guess I'm the odd man out....

I had an SLV for a 4wt and hated that thing. Stylistically, it looked awful. Functionally, it was OK. In all reality though, drag on a 4wt was rarely used.

The thing I hated the absolute most about it was the drag knob. It was a magnet for everything from errant fly line to dust. That exposed 0-ring would transfer oil/grease to anything it touched. Don't lighten it too much either or else you might loose the entire thing.

definitely on my list of never buying again
Not sure what you mean by the "exposed O-ring". I own two of these reels and don't see the ring you are referring to.
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