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chuck_n_duck 08-10-2013 10:01 AM

Reel recommendations
 
Hello, All!
New to the forum in name only. Had an account at one time, but it's been awhile, and I couldn't remember the old login :o. Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations for an inexpensive reel (<$100) to go on a 10wt saltwater rod. I'm fully aware that, at this price point, the reel will not be designed for saltwater use. I'm more concerned about the reel having an adequate drag. My intended targets will (hopefully) be dorado, stripers, bluefish, maybe redfish and small tarpon. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

fq13 08-10-2013 03:14 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chuck_n_duck (Post 580780)
Hello, All!
New to the forum in name only. Had an account at one time, but it's been awhile, and I couldn't remember the old login :o. Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations for an inexpensive reel (<$100) to go on a 10wt saltwater rod. I'm fully aware that, at this price point, the reel will not be designed for saltwater use. I'm more concerned about the reel having an adequate drag. My intended targets will (hopefully) be dorado, stripers, bluefish, maybe redfish and small tarpon. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I've used an Orvis Battenkill disk drag on my ten weight for years (like maybe 15) and it hasn't failed me yet. Its a little outside your price point, but check Ebay. You should be able to find one for $100-$150. They're a great reel. I've caught snook, tarpon, reds etc. Just wash them out after use and give them a shot of CRC and you're good.

PS If you really want to go cheap, an exposed rim Pfleuger Medalist will work. I have one on an 11wt Ugly Stik and I've caught some very respectable tarpon and sharks with that outfit.

caseywise 08-10-2013 03:43 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
theres a really nice cabelas xss3 on ebay right now.
they're really nice reels made in usa (ross i think)
may wanna check it out.

casey

chuck_n_duck 08-11-2013 06:58 AM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
Thank you to fq13 and caseywise. I'll check those two reels out.

650flyguy 08-11-2013 09:51 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
You might look into a Ross Cimmaron or Gunnison or a Lamson LP.

ditz 08-12-2013 01:22 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
There have been a lot of large fish caught on the old Medalist. The 1500 series with the exposed spool rib is an improvement but the old original 1400 series have caught most of them. Back in the day the real salties used to cut a hole out of the backing plate where none of the internals was disturbed and attach a patch of leather that they could press against the back face of the spool to increase the drag manually as needed. It was not Purdy but it worked well. Quite serviceable and less than $50. I have a couple of the the 1500 series models but I would not hesitate to use the old method of the leather patch.

herocast 08-12-2013 03:12 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
Check out the Allen Alpha III reel. It's $50 over your budget but they get great reviews (smooth drag) and are rated for salt.

And look really cool (also in black).
http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server46....1280.1280.jpg

dakotakid 08-12-2013 04:54 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by herocast (Post 581342)
Check out the Allen Alpha III reel. It's $50 over your budget but they get great reviews (smooth drag) and are rated for salt.

And look really cool (also in black).
http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server46....1280.1280.jpg

The Allen Alpha III is currently a deal-of-the-week. Buy the reel and they throw in a free spool that normally sells for $50.

fq13 08-12-2013 06:42 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
That is a good deal. I have a sink tip for my Orvis and the spare spool set me back about 60 bucks. I love the Battenkill, but a good name brand with spare spool for $150? That's hard to say no to. (in fact I'm trying hard as we speak). Damn I'm a gear wh*re!:D

chipgerrard 08-12-2013 07:48 PM

Re: Reel recommendations
 
I know what ya mean bud. It was too hard to say no. I just bought a kracken. I hope it performs well. I'm pairing it up with my sage tcx for steel


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