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Old 09-28-2010, 10:12 PM
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I think your right there Ant I have the same except all green.
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I would agree with MP, there's probably no better starter reel than the Medalist, tuff and inexpensive spools. If you want a machined reel, check out Tiogas or Tetons, they may be a bit over $100, but they are rugged, full cage designs made in USA. milt.
I have called Teton Reels 4 or 5 times during their business hours and they never answer. I am calling them about my teton that needs servicing and am worried they are going out of business too!!

For under $100 I would second either a medalist or a Allen
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Default Re: toughest reel under $100?

did you call the correct number? read this if you haven't yet:

FAQ | Teton USA

and for service: http://www.tetonusa.com/?page_id=239

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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.
The green reel is a Southbend. the Maroon reel is a medalist clone that I have been told is made by Compaq out of Japan. The majority of the collection consists of Pfluegers, OceanCity, Martin's and Diawa. Basically there workingman reels, and most all of them were purchased second hand between $5-20. Some of them needed some tuning after purchasing, but I would have no problem with taking any of them fishing. I also have three of the Chinese disk drag reels, so far they have held up great, but I haven't used them enough to honestly be able to recommend them. So far, they have been good to me.

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I love the Ocean City's! Good ole classic Americana made in Philly! With 150yrds of backing it took probably another 200' or so of 20lb cajun mono as running line (stretched), thats with a short 18' skagit type shooting head. Whould you happen to know what the biggest diameter spool they have? The largest I came across was the #77 and that's just a shade over three and a quater. I'de like to find something atleast 3.5 or even 4 for my 7wt switch.
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. Basically there workingman reels, and most all of them were purchased second hand between $5-20.
I think that's awesome. I prefer stuff like that, that way when I bang it around I don't feel so bad.
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Whould you happen to know what the biggest diameter spool they have? .
I'm not sure, the largest I have is the No.36. Its spool is 3"x1", it holds quite a bit of line since it has a small arbor.
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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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Reality sets in and asks- what rod is it going on- what line weight, what's the rod length. They all come into play to get you a reel that's going to balance out your rod.
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Reality sets in and asks- what rod is it going on- what line weight, what's the rod length. They all come into play to get you a reel that's going to balance out your rod.
I was considering it for a 7 ft graphite 7wt.

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did you call the correct number? read this if you haven't yet:

FAQ | Teton USA

and for service: Support | Teton USA

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Hi Eric, I am too lazy to read those links, but I did call the number on teton's site (1 877 teton usa? or 800?). I called it many times. The simple answer is basically they dont answer their phones. After leaving several messages I did finally get a response. So if you need to talk to them, do not expect them to pick up the phone and expect to have to leave 5 -10 voice mails!

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I would agree with MP, there's probably no better starter reel than the Medalist, tuff and inexpensive spools. If you want a machined reel, check out Tiogas or Tetons, they may be a bit over $100, but they are rugged, full cage designs made in USA. milt.

I cant comment on current teton usa, but I can comment on the pre 2010 models. Had 2, a 4 wt tioga and a spey sized magnum. Both gave me problems. Ross reels: never have given me problems (both worldwide and usa)
Snowbee: never have given me problems.

Magnum: spool would just Fall off!! I would be on a fast flowing steelhead/salmon river, and the thing would sink to the bottom. I am over 200 pounds so I am a "strong wader". Can you imagine being in water where a 100 pound person would be swept away, and your spool is at the bottom of the river being pushed downward? If you want to "reel" it in with the line on your rod, you have to wait till you get to the arbor knot, and past 200 yards of backing. I poked it with my staff to get it to reachable level, had a ton of line leader downstream, and waded back to shore with one hand holding spool and other rod. Without staff I feel and almost drowned!!

tioga: spool is stuck on. using lever to get it off doesnt work. trying to reel it in is at approximately drag setting. Have no line on it so it isnt putting line on backwards.

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I do not think either the tioga or magnum are sold by the new teton usa
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