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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredHerring View Post
    Can anyone offer an opinion on this? I am looking at reels such as the Echo Bravo, Sage 2280 Reel, or even an Orvis Hydros SL. I am more interested in durability than low weight.
    Here's a thought, Why not buy a used good reel like an Abel-Tibor-Billy pate...these reels don't wear out and won't let you down when your a long way from home, again just a thought. CB

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    No to anti reverse but yes to second generation direct drive...FinSecondGen.jpg and yes to BVK 4 Feb 2018 Permit on my TCR 10 with BVK 4 big spool quick take up...but all my salt is skiff, mainly KW and about 10-12 times a year and I take care of my stuff...even at 77 goin 78Feb2018Permit.jpg

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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    Orvis Battenkill Disc has the same drag as the Hydros but mid arbor, and less expensive.
    People complain about the humidity in Florida... but no one's ever had to shovel humidity to get to his car.

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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobtheflounder View Post
    The best option at this price range (imo) is the Danielsson F3W 7-10. It has the best sealing out of the various reels mentioned as well. It has a small drag knob though.
    I needed a couple of 8-9 wt reels for a trip last year and didn't want to spend Hatch/Nautilus/Tibor/Abel money. I did a pretty extensive search and settled on the Danielsson L5W, which is a bit above your budget (it looks like the 6nine currently is about $225 and the 8twelve is about $240). The F3W mentioned above is about $190. I think they are quite similar, and so you might check both out and decide if you need the L5W or if the F3W has a sufficient drag. The service was great. The company shipped it with tracking info the day after I ordered (basically same day shipping considering the time difference) and it arrived at my door 7-8 days later. In terms of performance, I can't say that the reel was put to a huge test, but it performed flawlessly. No complaints whatsoever.

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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    Finding a good deal at
    $200 plus or minus is easy if you don't mind used, but what are you using it for and on? An eight weight or a twelve? Snook and reds or tarpon? You will find different answers.

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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    Striped Bass, some big, some huge. Also false albacore and gorilla bluefish.

    I am leaning toward the Orvis Hydros, but if I lose my mind (and my marriage?) maybe a Nautilus X

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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    I had the Echo Ion, and have two other friends with them. Mine was a 9-10, my friends have 8-9, if memory serves me. We all use them for striper and have wrangled fish over 20 pounds in freezing cold conditions with them. I've never seen one fail. I gave mine to a friend just starting out, along with a E3S Ti and he too has been pleased with it. I only used it twice in the salt, we fish stripers out of the lakes and rivers here. I cannot speak to it's ability to hold up to the salt, but I suspect it will do fine with proper care. It may not last as long as some of the top-notch offerings, but some of those are not as salt-proof as they like to claim. Most people prefer a direct drive reel to an anti-reverse. I personally have never used an anti-reverse fly reel, but have been curious. It seems for durability sake, the simpler the design, the better.

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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    What's the Allen Kraken run these days? $220-230? I've got one and it seems great, but I haven't had it a long time or really tested it on a lot of fish yet. I've got the Nautilus X XL Max. I wouldn't put it in that "tough" category. Light weight, yes, it is very light weight for it's class with skeletal frame so it pairs well with a light weight rod. I'm not convinced it is the best value going, though, although it has stood up fine to 15-20 pound class Jack Crevalle, Big black Drum, sharks and other saltwater oddities.

    I don't know how many saltwater fish are as challenging to a reel as they might be made out to be. I've caught 20 pound stripers and 10 pound bluefish and they really don't have the gear wrecking potential of an adult tarpon, for instance. There are obviously fish out in the salt water that will test any setup, rods, reels, lines, knots, hooks, tippets, but most saltwater fish don't really require bulletproof gear and the fish can't all be lumped together as real threats to the reel. The saltwater corrosive environment is the biggest threat that most reel will ever face.
    Wherever you go, there you are.

  9. Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by cb3fish View Post
    Here's a thought, Why not buy a used good reel like an Abel-Tibor-Billy pate...these reels don't wear out and won't let you down when your a long way from home, again just a thought. CB
    I completely agree with this with one proviso - dont get one with a small arbor. Todays reels all (?) have large arbors but its surprising how long it took for large arbors to be the standard for saltwater reels.

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    Default Re: A reliable, tough saltwater reel for under $200? Is that possible?

    What weight rod will you be using it with?


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