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kfisher99 12-13-2010 03:04 AM

saltwater reel drag question
 
I am trying to fit my 10 wt saltwater setup with a reel with an adaquate drag system that wont cost me a fortune. I was looking at the Lamson Konic 4 and it appears to have the same drag as Lamson's more expensive models around $250-400. My only fear is that it does not have enough stopping power for big saltwater stuff. Does anyone have experience with this reel or can recommend me a reel that can handle large fish that wont cost me a ton. Thanks.

seajay 12-13-2010 08:16 AM

Re: saltwater reel drag question
 
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MoscaPescador 12-13-2010 11:36 AM

Re: saltwater reel drag question
 
Skip the Lamson Konic. I have seen the non-saltwater Lamson model spools pop off their reel frames from having too much pressure exerted on their arbors.

If you really want to have a saltwater reel that will survive the elements and want to save a few bucks, start looking hard for a used Abel (Big Game 4, Big Game 4N, Super 10, Super 11), Tibor (Riptide), or Billy Pate. These reels are time tested and probably have most of the IGFA saltwater fly fishing records. If you have to, sell some of your conventional gear to make it happen.

MP

Add Charleton/Mako to that list. But I wouldn't expect to find one at an inexpensive price.

shorthaul 12-14-2010 04:42 AM

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Add an Abel super 8 to MP's list---Its done very well for me with gelspun backing and a 10 wt line.

sandfly 12-14-2010 05:47 AM

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medalist 1498 stands up for years, have had one for 30 years plus and still going. or the above mentioned reels. for big game I have a medalist 1499CJ anti reverse that I bought some years ago that works on tuna.

wjc 12-14-2010 07:14 AM

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A good saltwater big fish reel will last a lifetime and is much more important than an expensive rod. Weight is not usually an issue for big fish, since blind casting in the ocean is not a very productive fishing method.

I second Mosca's viewpoint, but would add the Tibor Gulfstream and Pacific depending on what you mean by big.

Cheers,
Jim

kfisher99 12-14-2010 08:44 PM

Re: saltwater reel drag question
 
Any other places besides here,ebay, and craigslist I can look for good used reels? I cant find anything, they're all brand new.

Rip Tide 12-14-2010 08:53 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sandfly (Post 179059)
medalist 1498 stands up for years, have had one for 30 years plus and still going.

You can even make yourself a customized drag :icon_eek:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a1...i/reelhand.jpg

Hardyreels 12-14-2010 09:21 PM

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Keep a watch on the eBay for Orvis Odyssey III or IV reels. I have both and they will stop whatever you hook. They sell anywhere from 100 - 175 depending on the demand at the time of sale. You can see one here; http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...el-thread.html Just scroll down on page 1 till you hit the Odyssey IV posted by me.

Ard

MoscaPescador 12-14-2010 10:12 PM

Re: saltwater reel drag question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kfisher99 (Post 179405)
Any other places besides here,ebay, and craigslist I can look for good used reels? I cant find anything, they're all brand new.

Have you tried calling local fly shops? Some sell used gear on consignment.

MP


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