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Old 08-21-2012, 07:57 PM
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Thanks for the input and advice.
Ok what reel do you suggest budget is $350 ish can go $400 on Hardy,Galvan Lamson ( as i get a discount from work)
I want a reel that will last want be affected if it gets dunked and dropped in the surf.
I ideally want it to hold a 9 wt line and 200+ yds of backing

Or would you recommend saving for a while longer and getting a Tibor etc

I am new to Saltwater Fly fishing

Vincent
Don't save anymore and buy a reel. A reel stores line and creates drag. There are plenty of reels in your price range that will do that effectively. Buy your reel and have some fun.

I own a Lamson Guru 3.5 and a Redington Rise 7/8. Both are awesome and you would be fine with either. A lot of people around here love the Okuma SLV but that doesn't have a huge line capacity like you said you wanted.
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Take a quick look at a 'Sea Level Tempest' and read some reviews. I am looking a them and the Konic.
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Take a quick look at a 'Sea Level Tempest' and read some reviews. I am looking a them and the Konic.

FWIW, the Konic is not recommend by Lamson for salt water. With it being cast aluminum they say it isn't as corrosion resistant as all their other machined reels.
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A reel stores line and creates drag.
The fact is that some reels do both better than others. If all you fish for are finless stockers, twine wrapped around an empty Mountain Dew can will work. If you're pushing the limit of your tippet and don't want to bust the fish off because the reel jerks when starting to spin or the drag stutters during a run then you should probably go with something decent. If you're rock-hopping and think you might have the reel kiss a few rocks during the day it's hard to beat the strength of a machined bar-stock reel.
I always choose a reel with the thought that there really isn't a true 'sealed' drag system. Just when you rely on it being sealed a few drops of saltwater in the guts that are left ignored because the reel is supposedly sealed can really make a mess. I learned that the hard way with a rather expensive 'submariner' watch I had.
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The fact is that some reels do both better than others. If all you fish for are finless stockers, twine wrapped around an empty Mountain Dew can will work. If you're pushing the limit of your tippet and don't want to bust the fish off because the reel jerks when starting to spin or the drag stutters during a run then you should probably go with something decent. If you're rock-hopping and think you might have the reel kiss a few rocks during the day it's hard to beat the strength of a machined bar-stock reel.
I always choose a reel with the thought that there really isn't a true 'sealed' drag system. Just when you rely on it being sealed a few drops of saltwater in the guts that are left ignored because the reel is supposedly sealed can really make a mess. I learned that the hard way with a rather expensive 'submariner' watch I had.

Do you think in his 3 company limit and price range there aren't great reels?
Do you think he needs to save more money or do you agree that he should buy a reel and get started catching fish?
We are also in the saltwater forum. Chances are he isn't catching many stocked fish in the ocean.
Most, if not all, reels in his 350 to 400 dollar price range will be machined reels.
Your post sounds more like you flexing your e-awesomeness than trying to help this dude out.
400 bucks can buy you a very nice reel...

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Old 08-23-2012, 07:57 AM
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I own (all in larger sizes) :

Lamson Radius (3.5)
Lamson Velocity (both current and previous generation 3.0, 3.5)
Albright Tempest (now called Sea Level IV)
Redington Breakwater ( 7/8, 9/10, 11/12)
Teton (10, 10LA)

All of these work great in saltwater, have plenty of drag unless you are going to tuna or sailfish. Each has their good and bad points but I like them all.

I would not be concerned about being sealed. Just rinse the reel after each use. I actually prefer the ability to take the drag apart and clean everything. Salt has a way of building up and once in a while a good cleaning is needed.
If you want light weight go with Lamson. Don't get the Konic. I've landed a tons of large 20+lb salmon, lots of big browns and steelhead, stripers, bluefish on Lamson reels.
If you don't mind the weight, the Albright (Sea Level) reels have a very strong drag as does the Redington Breakwater.
If you have time troll ebay for any of the ones I listed above. I don't have any experience with Bauer, Tibor or Abel. They all have great reputations but they are all overpriced in my book (although I can see a Tibor in my future not because they are worth it but because I want one).

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Wilky, I agree that browsing the interweb can find you some mighty fine deals on reels. If you can hang on a bit our club was gifted some very nice salt water gear including a few very clean Bauer reels. I'll be riding in a few minutes with the guy who has this gear and has the minimum bid price list for the reels (and rods) I can tell you the stuff looks brand new and the prices are well within your parameters (if I recall correctly) Gimme a few hours to get back here.

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A reel stores line and creates drag.
it set off an alarm is all. The old-timers and the thriftiest people I know around here say that all the time but they usually don't even mention the drag.
Being in the salt water forum, a reel should be able to handle salts corrosive properties and should have a drag that won't melt, skip or stutter in use or on take-off when those salty, powerful fish fight.
I would rather see the guy buy a reel just once.
By the way, the Okuma SLV is also a cast reel like the Konic.

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Your post sounds more like you flexing your e-awesomeness than trying to help this dude out.
To be honest, prolly a bit of both!
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few rocks during the day it's hard to beat the strength of a machined bar-stock reel.
I agree that the machined reels will take more abuse for being 'banged' around. It that is the kind of abuse that you are expecting to encounter I would prefer a Pflueger Medalist. They will take years of abuse and still function as new. In the old days many, many salt fish were caught on them. One just needs to rinse the salt off and out after each use in the salt. I have 4 that I still use in the salt.

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FWIW, the Konic is not recommend by Lamson for salt water. With it being cast aluminum they say it isn't as corrosion resistant as all their other machined reels.
I sure wouldn't argue with Lamson but I am not sure I understand the recommendation. All aluminum will be attacked by salt. Machined or cast. It is the surface treatment that protects from the salt. This statement would lead me to believe that the Konic does not go thru the same protection process at the more upscale reels. I do know that a lot of the Texas boys use them in the coastal salt for reds and trout. Thanks for the heads up though. That levels my choices to the Sea Level Tempest which is heavier. It does have the seviceable cork drag though.
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Regarding the cast aluminum reels. I have an Okuma SLV and due to the paint (not anodized ) and cast material the paint finished eventually blistered and developed white powdery corrosion. That reel is a fine low end fresh water reel for large fish (mine gets used by guests for King salmon) but not for saltwater. My concern is that the cast Lamson will have the same problem.

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I agree that the machined reels will take more abuse for being 'banged' around. It that is the kind of abuse that you are expecting to encounter I would prefer a Pflueger Medalist. They will take years of abuse and still function as new. In the old days many, many salt fish were caught on them. One just needs to rinse the salt off and out after each use in the salt. I have 4 that I still use in the salt.



I sure wouldn't argue with Lamson but I am not sure I understand the recommendation. All aluminum will be attacked by salt. Machined or cast. It is the surface treatment that protects from the salt. This statement would lead me to believe that the Konic does not go thru the same protection process at the more upscale reels. I do know that a lot of the Texas boys use them in the coastal salt for reds and trout. Thanks for the heads up though. That levels my choices to the Sea Level Tempest which is heavier. It does havet the seviceable cork drag though.
Cast isn't going to be as good basically for the reason you mentioned. Most machined reels are anodized which is a pretty tough coating although there are different levels of anodizing. Cast aluminum can be anodized but it is difficult and is generally not done. Cast material of all types tends to have porosity so once your barrier coating is compromised it will be difficult to stop corrosion.

It is a common misconception that aluminum doesn't rust. The fact is that it actually has a higher oxygen affinity than iron. Alumina (Aluminum-oxide) is white and powdery looking stuff like qec said.

Rinse those reels...

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