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  1. Default A Good Reel in the $200-250 Range?

    Hi All,
    First off Happy New Year.
    I know many folks don't like these kinds of posts, but I'm sorry, I'm going to ask anyway. Just looking for some advice/suggestions for a new reel. I got a $200 GC from Cabela's from the Mrs. for Christmas. I want to get a new reel for my 4wt rod. I don't know too much about reels so I am looking for some suggestions of what you may have tried/liked/disliked about diferent reels in that category. Will be used primarilly for trout in smaller streams and rivers.
    Thanks for the feedback!!

    Jeff

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    Hey Jeff!

    If it is a 4wt. rod you are using for trout, I would say spending 200-250 might be overkill. If it were me I would buy a Lamson or one of the Ross reels that are typically on sale now. I think you could spend 150 bucks or so and be VERY happy with it. You could even have money left over to buy an extra spool or a line!

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    Default Re: A Good Reel in the $200-250 Range?

    I use a Lamson Litespeed on my 7'6" March Brown 4 wt. rod. It's a nicely built reel with plenty of stopping power for freestone or small river trout. I think it's in the price range of the nice gift from your misses.

    You can check it out on the following link:

    Lamson Litespeed Hard Alox

    Dorian's suggestion of a Ross would also be good. I use their Evolution 2.0 on my 9'0" 5 wt. and like it a lot. Their Evolution 1.5 would work well for the 4 wt. Here's the link to the Evolution reel:

    Ross Reels USA - Quality Tackle at an Affordable Price

    Good luck!

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    Galvan Open Back reels are really nice. Smooth drag, no clicking.

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    i would go and get a lamson konic. there about 150 then with the money left over get a spool or line.

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    Default Re: A Good Reel in the $200-250 Range?

    Sportsmans Wearhouse in Aurora, Colorado had some Lamson Konics for sale for $100(4/5wt). The best part was adding a spare spool was $110! Too bad I didn't need one but I was trying to talk a newbie about this being a very good deal on such a good reel.

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    He has a Gift Certificate for Cabelas.

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    Default Re: A Good Reel in the $200-250 Range?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surfin the Susquehanna View Post
    Hi All,
    First off Happy New Year.
    I know many folks don't like these kinds of posts, but I'm sorry, I'm going to ask anyway. Just looking for some advice/suggestions for a new reel. I got a $200 GC from Cabela's from the Mrs. for Christmas. I want to get a new reel for my 4wt rod. I don't know too much about reels so I am looking for some suggestions of what you may have tried/liked/disliked about diferent reels in that category. Will be used primarilly for trout in smaller streams and rivers.
    Thanks for the feedback!!

    Jeff
    I'd say go for a Lampson Konic and some Rio Gold or STII.
    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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    Awesome Guys... Thanks for the suggestions. I checked into what you all suggested and the Lamson Konic looks like a great buy for the $$. I even read some reviews, and they were all flying reviews with the exception of the knucklehead that gave it a poor review because he dropped it and it bent. Some of the others are on the high side of what I want to spend, and I appreciate those suggestions as well, but if I can get a highly recommended reel for $120 and have some money left for tying material/leader/line, I am most likely going to jump on it.

    I expected a lot of "Well it depends on your opinion" type replies, so I REALLY appreciate the specific suggestions. Chances are you steered me toward a really smart buy!!!!

    Thanks Again,
    Jeff

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    Default Re: A Good Reel in the $200-250 Range?

    I also would likely pick a reel from Lamson, Ross USA, or Galvan. But I'd also look into getting a Abel Creek if you want a reel that is both beautiful and adequately simplistic. (its a click-drag reel. I'm a click fan)
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