Teton vs Tioga

#1
I know teton is going out of business. So, some nice sales now on remaining stock. From reading their website, I can't be sure what is the difference between their Teton model reels and their Tioga model reels. They seem to have the same drag and finishes. But, the teton models are more expensive than the Tiogas. I was specifically comparing the Teton Specialist 12 vs the Tioga Magnum 12. Anyone familiar with these reels?

Thanks
 

Richard E

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#2
The machining and finish on the Teton is nicer than on the Tioga. Also, the Teton is substantially more ported than the Tioga, so the Teton is lighter than the comparable Tioga.

Summarizing: the Teton is a lighter, more ported, and more nicely finished Tioga.
 
#3
Both the Teton and Tioga are excellent reels. I've used a Tioga off and on for years fishing for salmon. Even big offshore cohoes have never been a problem for the drag system or the fnish in saltwater. Like Richard says, there are some differences in the finish and porting. You will not, however be disappointed if you plunk your cash down for the less expensive model.
Les Johnson
 

Smalma

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#4
A near bullet proof reel that is an excellent value. Can't imagine you would be disappointed with either. I have both but agree with the others that the Tioga is the better buy.

Tight lines
Curt
 
#5
I have an 8 wide Tioga and a 6 Teton. Both work extremely well and are solid and well built. I'm glad that I have spare spools for each. They definitely are not light weights but they balance 9'-6" & 10' rods a lot better than the light weight reels.
 

Richard E

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#6
A near bullet proof reel that is an excellent value. Can't imagine you would be disappointed with either. I have both but agree with the others that the Tioga is the better buy.

Tight lines
Curt
I agree. Tioga the better buy, Teton the nicer reel. A person paying the extra for finish, not performance.
 
#7
I had a few tiogas, they are solid and durable reels, with 100lb drag to match!

Only draw back is the full cage frame, my lines kept on getting stuck in between the frame and spool. I heard that Teton is trying to sell its patent on its drag technology, curious on who will snag it first.

Also wondering who owns the patent on the center drag on the cabelas,redington cd and orvis LA/mid arbor drags? Hummm.
 

Jeff46

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#8
Is it just my reels, or are all the Tiogas/Tetons more difficut to reel in when you tighten the drag down??? Try it. On both of my reels, when I crank the drag down hard, then try to reel, it is much harder. It is like the drag mechanism works both ways; for line going out AND coming in, too. Is it just me, or do you guys notice this too? I love them, and I never need to set the drag very hard, but I did notice this. Les, any input? Thanks, Jeff