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Old 02-19-2008, 12:16 AM
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Default $50 to $75 reel

Hello all,
Are there any decent reels in the $50 to $75 range? It will go on my 9' 5w 3.5 oz. St Croix Reign rod. I will be fishing for trout mostly in rivers and streams. I have looked at a few reels but wanted to get some feedback from some of you on what you would suggest.

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Old 02-19-2008, 12:49 AM
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Any of the Ross "Fly" series reels, Cortland Endurance, Albright Bugati, I also think Orvis makes a decent reel or two in that price range you might want to check out.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:01 AM
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Default Re: $50 to $75 reel

Ditto what dorian said on the Ross Worldwide "Fly" series. Google Ross Worldwide and click on Fly Reels. The Flycast #2 is listed at $70.00. I have a #1 for a 2 wt. and it works great.
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The cortland is a good reliable reel for the money.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:34 AM
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Default Re: $50 to $75 reel

All of the reels mentioned are ideal recommendations.

From my vantage point if you do not plan on fighting the
fish on the reel, then why not go with a old time favorite.
Why spend more when you don't need to do so.

Pflugger makes some real nice simple reels. They do have a
"clicker" type drag, but work well for smaller fish, especially
if you do not wish to spend allot of $$$ (check cabelas website)

I learned from Dad to fly fish for bluegill on an old fiberglass
rod with a 1494 Pflugger reel. Never, ever had trouble with
the reels & I still have them. (and they still work great after
40+ years)

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Old 02-26-2008, 02:08 PM
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Default Re: $50 to $75 reel

I'm a BIG fan of the Okuma SLV...very light, good smooth drag, and you can get them on-line shipped to your door for less that $50.

I have one in size 4-5, one in size 8-9, and two (plus a third spare spool) in size 5-6.

Again, I'm not using them for Alaska Salmon or even 20" rainbows; most of my fishing is for bass, bluegills, skipjack, and small tailwater trout. Ninty percent of my fish are fought with hand-retreive, rather than "on the reel".
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Default Re: $50 to $75 reel

Okuma Sierra.

$30 or under.

Best reel value out there. I would recommend this to anyone and it has a very nice smooth drag system too. There is NO need to spend more.
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Old 02-29-2008, 03:10 PM
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Okuma Sierra.

$30 or under.

Best reel value out there. I would recommend this to anyone and it has a very nice smooth drag system too. There is NO need to spend more.
I second, very nice reel, doesn't look as fancy as those shiny aluminum reels but it has a great drag, and I beat the **** out mine and have never had a problem.
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Ross has come out with some low cost reels latley. The Flywater, Flystart, and Flycast are all under $100. They all come with Ross's lifetime warranty. I like the Flywater most.

I've heard good things about the Okuma SLV too. I might pick one up for my 4wt.

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All of the reels mentioned are ideal recommendations.

From my vantage point if you do not plan on fighting the
fish on the reel, then why not go with a old time favorite.
Why spend more when you don't need to do so.

Pflugger makes some real nice simple reels. They do have a
"clicker" type drag, but work well for smaller fish, especially
if you do not wish to spend allot of $$$ (check cabelas website)

I learned from Dad to fly fish for bluegill on an old fiberglass
rod with a 1494 Pflugger reel. Never, ever had trouble with
the reels & I still have them. (and they still work great after
40+ years)
Just a thought,

Tie One On

Ill second that----these reels are bulltproof---you can find them all day long for under 20 bucks on ebay (51 reels right now many with no bids) and a new smaller one is 25 bucks new at cabelas---not exactly a low inertia spool ---but definitely something that will help balance out a long or heavy rod moreso than the super lightweight reels---i have a couple of them and they are the ones that i loan out to beginners and if it doesnt come back ive lost a used line and a reel that i can pick up for 20 bucks
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