Tough and reliable but how much static drag do you want? And new and/or used? I picked up a new closeout at this size TFO BVK 4; big reel 4.75 spool and dry weight 9oz for 129.00 Sierra TP sold out but maybe others out there closeout...Korean Machined; its static drag that I measured was 5lbs tops and that was with a pliers...4lbs is more practical; however, I do not exceed 2-3 lbs fixed/static drag the rest when needed is hand/palm...it's well made for 129 bucks...you might find some used Billy Pate's near 200 and they are tough and reliable and heavy.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. CBCan 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.
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.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 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.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