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    Hey guys I'm new to this forum and I'm looking for some advice on a new trout reel. I seriously need to upgrade mine.

    It'll be matched with a Greys XF2 Streamflex 9' 5wt. I definitely want domething with a drag system (no click/pawl), preferrably sealed. I've been looking at reels in the 200-300$ range but I'm not quite sure how much I'd like to spend yet.

    Some of the reels I've been considering are the new Hardy Ultralite DD, Lamson Guru or Velocity, Ross Evolution LT, Redington Rise, and the Orvis Hydros (which is particularly appealing right now because it's on sale)

    Any info and advice you can give would be greatly appreciated!

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    Since you got the Grey's, I'd say a Hardy would "match" it, but for me, on this weight of rod, going for a sealed drag, there would only be one choice - Nautilus FWX 5/6. $275 on the 'bay, free shipping.

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    In my opinion and experience, everything you have named is just fine for most freshwater use. I usually look at bearings, drag and arbor, but of course aesthetics play a small part. If you want the reel that is on sale then buy it, should work for years to come.
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    Can't go wrong with Lamson or Ross

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    A lot of these reels are more reel than you need, and more than you need to spend, for that kind of fishing and that rod. Right now at flyshopcloseouts.com you can get a Lamson Konic 1.5 for $90 or a Konic 2.0 for $97 that will do the job just fine, and they come with the same Lamson drag as the better Lamson models.

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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    Moucheur2003 - I've considered the Konic for a while, but decided to go with a higher priced reel because I put mine through a lot of abuse and feel that some of the other reels will hold up better.

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    I'm becoming a broken record recommending the Ultralite DD but I've never been quite as pleased with a reel purchase as I've been with this reel. Sweetandsalt recommended it to me and he has some interesting insights into the finer points of it's design. I found mine (4000) for under $200.00; it's truly a fine piece of craftmanship that's certainly not overpriced IMO.
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    I am a Hardy fan so the DD is the first answer from me, but I also have the Redington Rise and it is a great reel also.

    I just like Hardy for their quality and growing up my grandfather always had Hardy so I guess I am bias haha

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    I like Ross reels, IMHO they use plastic where it needs to be used to reduce corrosion potential.

    Look at the Evolutions used on Ebay and on line fly shop used posts. The #3 Evolution (not LT) below is mounted on my 5wt TFO, got it for $150 used at a fly shop. Drag is superbe.

    Pete A.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pete a View Post
    I like Ross reels, IMHO they use plastic where it needs to be used to reduce corrosion potential.

    Look at the Evolutions used on Ebay and on line fly shop used posts. The #3 Evolution (not LT) below is mounted on my 5wt TFO, got it for $150 used at a fly shop. Drag is superbe.

    Pete A.

    This reel is a serious workhorse, I use a #2 on my 5-wt and a #3 for my freshwater 6-7.

    Love Lamson, too, and those Hardys look awesome, I gotta admit... But the original Evolution (which weighs LESS that the LT, btw, which I've heard some people mistakenly call the "Evo Light") is my favorite reel. I'll have them forever, and I'll bet they hold up!

    I really like the way they look, and I love the way they sound.
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