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    Hey all,

    I've been awarded the chance to break the bank on a reel to fit my 5wt Winston, and am looking to purchase a reel that I'll be happy fishing with for the rest of my life. I don't have the budget for a bogan or anything like that, but am looking to spend upwards of 600 if need be. Any suggestions? I'll be mostly fishing streams and rivers.

    cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgmuzzy View Post
    Hey all,

    I've been awarded the chance to break the bank on a reel to fit my 5wt Winston, and am looking to purchase a reel that I'll be happy fishing with for the rest of my life. I don't have the budget for a bogan or anything like that, but am looking to spend upwards of 600 if need be. Any suggestions? I'll be mostly fishing streams and rivers.

    cheers!
    I'll recommend 3, that way others can chime in.
    Abel, Tibor (Spring Creek) or a Hardy.
    Then there will be some that tell you it just holds line and get an Okuma or Pflueger because it does good on their TFO.
    But if you want a nice reel because you WANT ONE and can afford it, those are MY choices.
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

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    I have fished with the same Hardy Featherweight since 1979. This reel is used on both a 7' 9" 5 weight Far & Fine and a 6' 6" 3 weight flea rod. If your rod is a 9' 5 weight I would put a vintage but mint condition Hardy Princess on it. The reel should balance a 9' rod and will last forever. Like most members here I have more than one reel but the old Lightweight Series reels are timeless and functional. If drag is an issue then a Marquis would be a better choice because of the exposed rim for drag assistance.

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    Ditto on the Abel or Hardy.

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    for the 500 range
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    Definitely check out the Tibor reels. I have a dark green Spring Creek on a 3 wt Biit and a dark green Tailwater on my JWF 5 wt. The dark green reels match the Winston green.

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    If you have the money, don't pass up some premium reels. They just seem like right fits.

    Abel Creek 2 Large Arbor or Abel TR 2 - Deep Green looks great.
    Tibor Light Tailwater - Moss Green looks great.
    Hardy Princess - It's a classy old school reel that just fits a Winston.

    Dennis

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    Which Winston do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    I'll recommend 3, that way others can chime in.
    Abel, Tibor (Spring Creek) or a Hardy.
    I realize you don't have to follow the recommendations of the manufacturer, but just FYI for pgmuzzy: Tibor's Spring Creek was designed for 3-4 wt rods (100 yds w/ WF4F line). The Tailwater is the exact same design, but intended for 5-6 wt rods. (120 yds w/ WF5F line).

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    I went through much the same thinking when Tom Morgan called a few weeks ago to let me know my new rod was ready to ship. Since that is the best rod I ever expect to own, I wanted an equally fine reel.

    I spent a couple days looking at Abel and Ross and Tibor. Outstanding reels that no doubt would provide a lifetime of yeoman service. I burned more than a few hours perusing a lot of old threads here.

    In the end, I simply sprang for an extra spool for the Hardy Featherweight I already owned. (I use an SA XPS WF on my other 3-weight rod and wanted to use a double-taper line on the Morgan).

    In the end, it was the classic aesthetic of the Hardy reel, along with its timeless function, which brought me back full-circle.

    Congratulations and good luck on whatever you choose. Deciding on a new rod or reel is fun!

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