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    Hi! I'm a novice fly fisherman, having fished a dozen times in the mountains for trout. We live on the Georgia coast, in Savannah. I'd like to try (since I have access year round) salt water fly fishing, especially redfish. I know I need different equipment for this. I'm open to other suggestions, but have narrowed my search down to two options.

    1. Used Fin-Nor No 2 8/9 reel, with Scientific Anglers WF9F line and backing, Redinton Rod, and a dozen salt flies, can get for around $300.
    2. New Piscifun Platte 9/10 reel with Redington 2 pc 9 wt rod. I'd have to add backing and line to this, but the rod and reel would run about $280 or so with a discount code at piscifun.

    The classic Fin-Nor looks cool, seems extremely well made, but is older and I'm guessing doesn't have some of the newer features or technology of the Piscifun.

    Any thoughts or recommendations?

    Thanks,

    Chuck

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    I think the Fin-Nor reels were top rate, really top quality. I’d go with that option. That reel will do anything you might need it to do. It might be heavier than the newer reel, but that’s not such a bad thing. Fin-Nor reels are supposed to have excellent drag systems.
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    It depends upon which Fin Nor #2 we're talking about. I can think of at least eight reels called Fin Nor that were a Model #2. Most were quite heavy, perhaps too much so for today's modern rods. A few of them are just not good reels, especially some of the latter ones that were made in Asia. None are particularly recent. Can you put up a photo of the reel you're thinking about buying? That will help us help you.

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    Sure thing. Here they areSide1.jpgSide2.jpg

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    Id go with the Fin Nor package. The reel is bomb proof. 1990s vintage.... made in USA?

    Similar to this one (includes pics of manual). Script is slightly different.

    Fin-Nor Fly Reel Vintage 1990's model Anti-reverse 922AR | eBay


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    I agree. That's fifth generation Fin Nor and they carved the weight down to 8.25oz. Yes, it was made in the US. The price in my 1994 catalog was $415.00. Just beware that it is anti-reverse which, if you haven't used one before, takes some getting used to. Though not a large arbor in any way, they narrowed the spool and made the frame larger in diameter to create a better retrieve ratio.

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    I'm willing to learn, but can you expand on how the anti-reverse works and how that changes using it?

    Thanks!

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    For Redfish you don't need a reel like that Fin Nor, but if you can grab that package for that price, you'll have a solid outfit. For the coastal fishing a lot of folks use 8 wt's. some go slightly lighter to a 7 wt and some heavier. Much of that is personal preference and what they may also use the outfit to target. IMO, just getting started it's best to err on the heavier side when starting out with saltwater fishing. It's not the same as mountain stream fishing for trout.
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    Double post
    Last edited by flytie09; 01-07-2019 at 02:35 PM. Reason: Double post


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    For an Anti-Reverse reel...the handle does not spin backwards when line is pulled out. This is an anti-knuckle buster design that was developed for large hot running saltwater species like Tarpon, Tuna, Billfish, etc.

    I believe Seamaster developed the first in the late 1960s. Fin Nor quickly followed and Ted Juracsik in 1975 later "perfected" with the 'Billy Pate' aptly designed with and named for the man himself. The success of the Billy Pate AR reel would later propel Ted into the start up of the Tibor reel company.

    Back in the days....if you fly fished serious saltwater species.....you had one of these 3 reels. Now we have large arbor DD reels with sealed drags, corrosion resitant materials and such that are a little more maintenance free lets say. DD fly reels for salt are the new standard.

    As jr spey says...using one takes some getting used to. They're not for everyone. But if you're adventurous and like a new challenge.....give it a shot. It is after all, only a line holder.

    An AR reel might be a little overkill for Redfish...but they look cool and the Fin-Nor reels like I've said before are tough as heck.

    You're getting a decent deal depending on the model and quality of the Redington rod you're getting of course.

    Some cool historical reference to these fine reels:

    Seamaster - SEAMASTER Reels - Miami. Fl. - Antique Fishing Reels

    Fin-Nor - The Classic Fly Rod Forum • Fin Nor Fin-ite Reel

    Ted Juracsik and Tibor - The Man Who Changed Fly Fishing Forever – Garden & Gun

    A side note.....this is an amazing interview of Ted by April Vokey for her 'Anchored' Podcast. He is an amazing and talented man. If his story doesn't bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face...you're not human.

    Ted Juracsik - Tibor Reels – Anchored with April Vokey Podcast – Podcast – Podtail

    I appologize for getting off topic.


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    ~Zane Grey

    " . . . shouldn't a man stand on his own two feet and catch his own steelhead? Maybe put out some effort and find his own fish just for the fun of it?"
    ~Syd Glasso

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