What new reel would you buy for $100 (or less)?

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I would definitely buy local if you can and either reel will work good for you. I have both the liquid and the newer battenkill no problems with either reel they are both a good choice that will last a long time. Bring your rod down and try each reel on the rod and see which one you prefer.
 
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My suggestion would be the new Pflueger Medalist. They have a dual click pawl system that appears to be similar to that found on some Hardys and can be found on ebay for $100 or less --and I read they are machined.

I'm also fond of the old BFR made Battenkill 5/6 click & pawl --demand seems to be increasing and they've been going for a bit more than a C note on the auction site, but well worth it in my opinion. It's designated 5/6, but like more that a few reels I've owned, I find it to be more along the lines of a 4/5 reel for a DT.
 
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Lamson Liquids are awesome, I've used a 5/6 wt one really hard for years and it's still in great shape. I also have a 7/8 that has held up well but doesn't get used as much. The reel with a 3 pack of spools is a great deal and super handy if you have a few lines in similar sizes. The Lamson case will hold three reels with spools on too so it's a nice bonus for packing for trips. The Redington Behemoth is also a good option but doesn't seem to be quite as durable. Mine has held up well though. The Battenkill is also a great option if you can pay a bit more to get a stronger, machined reel.
 
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I say keep rocking the old Diawa, I use the same reel on my 3 wts, solid little reels.
So, after this comment, I took out the old Horrocks Ibbostson No. 1106, which was my grandfather's reel (I think). As I mentioned in this thread, the reel was pretty jammed up, so I stripped and cut the line, leaving the backing. Grandpa was a lefty, so he had it set up as a right hand reel. I had to unwind the old backing, and rewind it to reverse to a left-hand reel. Pretty cool that the center arbor is cork.

I may decide to save my money here and just use these two old reels. Here are some photos of the Horrocks. I am hesitant to use any kind of lubricant on the reel as I do not want that to get into the line once I start using it. I took it apart, and reassembled it, and just kept using it over and over in my hand as I work to try loosen it. That seems to have worked good, but there is still a little grind. It appears that the arbor is rubbing against the frame/housing a little bit (on the first photo, the rub spot is where the screw sits opposite of where the handle is set). I welcome any comments for loosening this up.

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So, after this comment, I took out the old Horrocks Ibbostson No. 1106, which was my grandfather's reel (I think). As I mentioned in this thread, the reel was pretty jammed up, so I stripped and cut the line, leaving the backing. Grandpa was a lefty, so he had it set up as a right hand reel. I had to unwind the old backing, and rewind it to reverse to a left-hand reel. Pretty cool that the center arbor is cork.

I may decide to save my money here and just use these two old reels. Here are some photos of the Horrocks. I am hesitant to use any kind of lubricant on the reel as I do not want that to get into the line once I start using it. I took it apart, and reassembled it, and just kept using it over and over in my hand as I work to try loosen it. That seems to have worked good, but there is still a little grind. It appears that the arbor is rubbing against the frame/housing a little bit (on the first photo, the rub spot is where the screw sits opposite of where the handle is set). I welcome any comments for loosening this up.

What's cooler than fishing with Gramp's reel?
 

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So, after this comment, I took out the old Horrocks Ibbostson No. 1106, which was my grandfather's reel (I think). As I mentioned in this thread, the reel was pretty jammed up, so I stripped and cut the line, leaving the backing. Grandpa was a lefty, so he had it set up as a right hand reel. I had to unwind the old backing, and rewind it to reverse to a left-hand reel. Pretty cool that the center arbor is cork.

I may decide to save my money here and just use these two old reels. Here are some photos of the Horrocks. I am hesitant to use any kind of lubricant on the reel as I do not want that to get into the line once I start using it. I took it apart, and reassembled it, and just kept using it over and over in my hand as I work to try loosen it. That seems to have worked good, but there is still a little grind. It appears that the arbor is rubbing against the frame/housing a little bit (on the first photo, the rub spot is where the screw sits opposite of where the handle is set). I welcome any comments for loosening this up.
That's an interesting old Horrocks-Ibbotson. Take it apart and clean out any old grease, dirt or gunk with some mineral spirits, naphtha, or similar solvent. Then very lightly grease or oil the spindle and the contact surface at the base of the spindle (not with WD-40). Penn Reel Oil and Grease, or Ardent Reel Butter will work fine... or any "marine" grade grease.
 

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frickerdog...as others suggested.....clean the reel up good. I personally would peel off that old backing and toss it. Backing is cheap. Secondly...I would get tell you to take it fully apart, make up a warm soapy water bath and give her a dunk for 15 minutes or so. Wipe out old grease, gunk and oil from inside the drag mechanism, around spindle and such. Get the hard to reach spots with a q-tip. Especially up inside the spool where the spindle rides.

Once clean, wipe dry with a soft cloth. Get you some light oil (I use Reel-X) and a drop on the spindle and handle. Apply a light layer of grease on the pawl mechanism and gear on the spool (use any quality grease...I use Quantum Hotsauce, or Royal Purple Ultra Performance grease or Marine grade grease). Work it will several times in hand and then see how the grinding is.

If it's still there......you might have a bent spool or wonky frame. If you can pinpoint where the rubbing is you have two options. Leave it be and use it like it is or sand out the point on the frame that is rubbing. I caution you with this as you can go too far quick. Once damage is done...there's no going back.

The good thing is.....this is a $15 reel. Not highly valuable. These H&I reels were blue collar working man's reels back in the day. If you mess it up....it's not like you messed up a Picasso.

Good luck...let us know how you end up.
 

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The new Battenkill click/pawl does have an internal 4 position adjustment for drag tension. The drag tension differences are minimal, but there is a discernable difference. STP always has SA reels available and pre-owned English Battenkills in excellent condition are usually available on major bidding sites.
 

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...I would get tell you to take it fully apart, make up a warm soapy water bath and give her a dunk for 15 minutes or so. Wipe out old grease, gunk and oil from inside the drag mechanism, around spindle and such. Get the hard to reach spots with a q-tip. Especially up inside the spool where the spindle rides.

Once clean, wipe dry with a soft cloth. Get you some light oil (I use Reel-X) and a drop on the spindle and handle. Apply a light layer of grease on the pawl mechanism and gear on the spool (use any quality grease...I use Quantum Hotsauce, or Royal Purple Ultra Performance grease or Marine grade grease). Work it will several times in hand and then see how the grinding is.
Good points on reel maintenance.

Reel-X is very good stuff --I've used it in bearings and on occasion in fly reels, it's very slick. I've repaired, rebuilt and restored all types of reels and tried lot's of different lubes. My primary grease lube is a mixture of Yamaha (blue) Marine Grease and CorrosionX --a nice smooth blend that's long lasting and stays in place.

I also use TSI-321 regularly with my fly reels --it's a light oil, super slick, anti-corrosive, tolerant to extreme temperatures, long lasting, and said to bond with the metal in a protective way. It shouldn't be mixed with grease as it will break down and liquify the grease, but applied by itself, it has a detergent effect that keeps it from collecting dirt and becoming sludgy like other oils and greases will. Maybe the fastest lube for bearings. I use it more than any other light oil, but sparingly. A little goes a long way.
 

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frickerdog...as others suggested.....clean the reel up good. I personally would peel off that old backing and toss it. Backing is cheap. Secondly...I would get tell you to take it fully apart, make up a warm soapy water bath and give her a dunk for 15 minutes or so. Wipe out old grease, gunk and oil from inside the drag mechanism, around spindle and such. Get the hard to reach spots with a q-tip. Especially up inside the spool where the spindle rides.

Once clean, wipe dry with a soft cloth. Get you some light oil (I use Reel-X) and a drop on the spindle and handle. Apply a light layer of grease on the pawl mechanism and gear on the spool (use any quality grease...I use Quantum Hotsauce, or Royal Purple Ultra Performance grease or Marine grade grease). Work it will several times in hand and then see how the grinding is.

If it's still there......you might have a bent spool or wonky frame. If you can pinpoint where the rubbing is you have two options. Leave it be and use it like it is or sand out the point on the frame that is rubbing. I caution you with this as you can go too far quick. Once damage is done...there's no going back.

The good thing is.....this is a $15 reel. Not highly valuable. These H&I reels were blue collar working man's reels back in the day. If you mess it up....it's not like you messed up a Picasso.

Good luck...let us know how you end up.
Thank you so much for these tips. I followed these instructions, and feel like it's a new reel. Here is the cleaned up product. It is running quite smoothly. I'm waiting for new line, which should arrive soon, and will test it on the water thereafter.

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Thank you so much for these tips. I followed these instructions, and feel like it's a new reel. Here is the cleaned up product. It is running quite smoothly. I'm waiting for new line, which should arrive soon, and will test it on the water thereafter.
Cool looking old reel! Good work.
 

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I would take a look at a Website out of a place in Oregon; Big Y Fly Company.

Big Y Fly Company is a well established Fly Fishing Business. Take a look at
their own store brand Fly Reels. Maybe they have something your interested in.

The Best to you and your Endeavors.
Great company ! I am too lazy to tie flies now, so I get all my flies from them. Amazing prices
 
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