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Thread: Reel ? and help pick a new one

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    Default Reel ? and help pick a new one

    Just ordered a new rod finally after breaking mine on my last trip. So after I get some money together I want a new reel. I use the good old click reels, and would like to get a disk drag reel.

    Can disk drag reels be reversed to reel with your right hand? I reel with my right hand and just could not figure out how to change over my girlfriends reel. When you would reel in the drag would be on, and the disk drag off when stripping line. It could just be that it is a cheap reel. It came with her rod.

    looking for just options now, as the rod has killed my budget.

    I want something large arbor, disk drag. Lets say I have right around 200 to spend on a reel and extra spool. That way I can have my float line and sink ready to go. What should I look at in your opinion?

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    KRD.... Orvis has a MID arbor Battenkill reel that I use and really like that should fit your budget and is reversable. You can download the instructions for reversing the drag at the Orvis web site.

    The Ross Evolution is a killer large arbor reel but does not fit your budget.

    I still have a Lamson 3W reel with a click drag that works fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRD View Post
    Just ordered a new rod finally after breaking mine on my last trip. So after I get some money together I want a new reel. I use the good old click reels, and would like to get a disk drag reel.

    Can disk drag reels be reversed to reel with your right hand? I reel with my right hand and just could not figure out how to change over my girlfriends reel. When you would reel in the drag would be on, and the disk drag off when stripping line. It could just be that it is a cheap reel. It came with her rod.

    looking for just options now, as the rod has killed my budget.

    I want something large arbor, disk drag. Lets say I have right around 200 to spend on a reel and extra spool. That way I can have my float line and sink ready to go. What should I look at in your opinion?
    KRD
    1/ try the used market or ebay
    2/ teton the best buy usa machined not spool disk but sufficient drag for 2-3 lb sustained
    3/ Ross Big Game which is old model might get the reel in your price range but not extra spool

    Have purchased fishing tackle on ebay from those with significant track record and good rating 96% or more positive...always good results.
    Most modern large arbor/spool diameter 4" or more have conversion factor for left or right...just ask or go to manufact's web site.

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    I've tried the pflueger summit in the store before. The guy working there said he has one and it's light for its weight. He uses 4wt line on it and its perfect.

    Cabela's -- Pflueger Summit® Fly Reels

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    Bonefish is correct.

    I have a Teton Tioga Magnum, it is a well made reel at a great price, Okuma also makes pretty good stuff but imported. Orvis has a line of Large Arbor reels in your range called Rocky Mountain . The only ones Id avoid are the Cabelas SLA reels, they are really pretty to look at and affordable but Ive mangled 2 of them.
    " They may take our lives,,,,but they'll never take our freedom!"

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    I was wondering about the cabelas Reels, Thanks for the input.

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    I'm always on a tight budget too, and I've been pleased with the mid to upper end of the Okuma line. I have 3 of the SLVs, which can be bought on eBay for around $50 for the reel and $25 for the spare spool. It has good line capacity and a nice drag, but it's a cast reel and the tolerances aren't as tight. The Vashon and Helios are higher end and machined aluminum, so if you can spend $200, you could easily get at least one reel and a spare, maybe two.

    All these can easily be switched direction by simply reversing the one-way bearing on the spool shaft. Takes about a minute.
    Jakeway Near Nashville, TN

    Kayaks: Just part of the drag system

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    I have to say that I think buying an expensive reel to be an unnecessary expenditure.

    I personally would recommend an Okuma Sierra. Great smooth drag system and a nice reel. We buy them here at Sportsmans Warehouse for $26.

    Check them out.
    All Means All

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    i would agree on the okuma. Great real for the money!!

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    I have an Orvis Battenkill Mid Arbor, an Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock, and a Ross Rythmn. The Ross is by far the best of the three. It's very smooth and the drag is great. Still, for the money, either Orvis reel is a great buy. The mid may be one of the best values available.

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