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Old 09-27-2010, 02:42 PM
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Default Re: toughest reel under $100?

Take your hundred bucks, buy two medalists, take the $50 you have left and take your significant other out for dinner.
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Take your hundred bucks, buy two medalists, take the $50 you have left and take your significant other out for dinner.
that sounds great!
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+1 for Okuma Sierra. These things are solid buys. Medalists, well they're classics.

If you are looking for something machined, go with a Battenkill Mid Arbor. On sale right now and completely bulletproof. I have a MA II that I have used on my 4 and 5 wt and it's served me very, very well. Backed with a solid warranty too. The drag is so solid on this thing, I would be confident fishing with it for Steelhead.
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+1 for Okuma Sierra. These things are solid buys. Medalists, well they're classics.

If you are looking for something machined, go with a Battenkill Mid Arbor. On sale right now and completely bulletproof. I have a MA II that I have used on my 4 and 5 wt and it's served me very, very well. Backed with a solid warranty too. The drag is so solid on this thing, I would be confident fishing with it for Steelhead.
Battenkill Mid Arbor?might be a good choice?
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I not looking for one that is pretty or a particular style,just strong. Give me some advice/recommendations.

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Check out the e auction site. Most vintage fly reels are remarkably durable.

There isn't a whole lot too them, and despite what the salesmen tell you, don't be afraid to go vintage. They will also work great. The first reel I ever bought was a Lamson Konic 3.5, I've since realized that it is not necessary to spend that much.

Click the image to open in full size.

I found that a pflueger will do just as good of a job, as a more expensive reel. What your paying for in a more expensive reel, is lighter weight, looks, and bragging rights.

When it comes to fly fishing, I have found that a reel, isn't as important as it is, with other fishing methods. I'n my own fishing, I do prefer rim control, any reel that has that, instantly levels the playing field in drag capacity.

I've only lost one fly reel in my life, and it was a later modeled Cortland. The only reason it was lost, was because it was dropped.

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Hey Charged,

Is that a South Bends I see on that bottom shelf?
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Orvis Madison, I think Ant
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Default Re: toughest reel under $100?

The silver with a tan rim reel dead center is an Ocean City #77 I have the same on a 5wt switch. LOVE IT!! Love it more since I paid like 30 some odd dollars for it too! Looks like there are a few OC's in that killer collection.
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While I don't have the fly fishing experience that most if not all folks on this sight have , I purchased an Allen Cassette reel before my Colorado trip and was very pleased. The guide I hired for a day was impressed, and several people stopped me to asked about it. Everyone was sure it was a $300+ reel, and was shocked when I told them it was under $100. I just ordered an Alpha series 3/4wt. I'm sure I wont be disappointed.

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Default Re: toughest reel under $100?

I meant the one on the bottom shelf, far right, third from bottom. It's maroon and chrome. Looks almost like a twin to a South Bend I have, except mine is all maroon.

Either way, that's a cool collection of reels. I'm using this pic as proof to the Misses that I have a serious shortage of reels.
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