04-08-2011, 11:13 AM
Re: Medium priced reel ($200-$300)
You might try the Colton's. I bought two of them ( brand new from the factory's ebay listing)
each with spare spools and I'm pretty sure I paid around 250 for the lot (both reels and spools)
. It is the CGR11 model I bought. One has 9/11 engraved on the drag knob and the other has 7/9 engraved on it but both are identical - machined from the industry standard 6061 T6 aluminum bar stock.
I think the only difference is what spool was on them as the spools are interchangeable. The drags are very smooth and the reels have held up well to salt. The drag is semi-enclosed, which I don't like, but they still work fine. I throw the reels in warm fresh water after using them in the salt and strip the line off wihile under water a couple times (most of the time
) - drag free spooling .
The ugly appearance is from black magic marker and is not how I got them (they did not have them except in shiny silver that I don't like for bones)
. You can call Bob, the owner, at Colton if you have any questions. The reels have a lifetime warranty. The newer ones called the Torrent have a much stronger drag and are made in the USA. They are more expensive but still in your price range.
Last edited by wjc; 04-10-2011 at 10:13 AM.
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