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navezgane 06-28-2013 07:28 PM

Nucast reels
Hello all, first time poster, long time lurker here. I'll buy the beers.
A local vendor has started selling Nucast reels made in California apparently. From handling them they seem nice and smooth, not to mention easy on the eyes and at a decent price ($155ish). Does anyone have any experience with these? I can't find any reviews online and was hoping someone could give me some insight on them here. Thanks!

mcnerney 06-28-2013 08:53 PM

Re: Nucast reels
I haven't heard of them, but if you have had your hands on them, that should give you a pretty good idea of the quality, the price point certainly is attractive.

stl_geoff 06-28-2013 09:20 PM

Re: Nucast reels
I found their website. Looks to be a decent reel. Looks like a copy of the Cheeky reels. I kinda dig they green/gold synergy 2 reel they offer. Buy one and see what happens.

Gerard 06-29-2013 05:00 AM

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The internals and push button release on the spool look very similar to the G Loomis/Shimano Cross Current reels which are China made. The sizes are similar too.
It might be better/prudent to stick a reel which has a track record.

stuie675 06-29-2013 06:20 AM

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Interesting, I had to look them up since the only NU-Cast I knew was a casting company lol

Simple looking gear, did not see prices, but may be worth a look if they are priced right. Only way people find new things is by trying.

Jackster 06-29-2013 11:14 PM

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I looked all over their site and cannot see where they state they are made in the U.S.A.
One would think that at the prices they charge being also made stateside would have other manufacturers (and resellers) running to the re-think tank.

wjc 06-30-2013 11:52 AM

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Hey Jackster,

Well, with no "Made in USA" anywhere, no capacities listed, no weights listed, no material type, anodizing type, drag type, spool release type or interior view:

I wouldn't jump into buying one.

navezgane 06-30-2013 01:35 PM

Re: Nucast reels
I called the owner directly and asked him several questions. He sounded like a very straight forward and polite person and informed me without hesitation that they are in fact made in China. The company is based in California.

navezgane 07-22-2013 09:11 PM

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Update- I purchased one at a local shop that gave me a good deal (free line) and have used it a few times. I went with the 3/4 wt and put it on an Orvis 8'4 I had. Seems smooth and quiet. I particularly like the larger drag knob, if I ever have to use it... Also the quietness and smoothness, plus it matches the rod.
Not thrilled about buying a made in China reel, but hopefully it holds up for years and fish to come.

stl_geoff 07-23-2013 07:43 AM

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it looks good on that rod atleast!

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