Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by DBLTAPER, Feb 11, 2010.
What lower end reels do you think can match upper end reels in price and performance ?
Waterworks-Lamson at any either end.
iagree lamson Konic. put mine through some serious abuse last season on the Dean and it never flinched.
Teton tioga , JW young if you want a screamer..
trout size or steelhead/salmon size?
Although I've just started using it, Allen Fly Fishing XL reel is a great bang for the buck.
Redington CD reels are pretty sweet deals too, lifetime warranty, lots of capacity and I've brought in nice fish on 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8.
Okuma Integrity Large Arbors, from 5/6 up to 10/11 pretty good for their price.
Okuma Sierras for a standard arbor, pretty hard to beat them if at that price point.
Cabelas Super Large Arbor, I've used the smaller two sizes and for the fish you expect to catch on them they rock too.
Not a single reel on this list over a hundred bucks in today's market. Hell, I think you can get each for $50 or less.
Is that enough bang?
Do you want to hold a DT, how much backing, what wt and type of line what rod do you want to balance......
Hatch! No but seriously lamson Konic or Guru are serious reels for the money!
I'd have to say a Ross CLA, if you want best value with modern day train stopping drags. Or just get an old and faithful, proven Hardy Marguis, Sage 500 series, SA System reel, or a Medalist in the appropriate size and they will all serve you very well and give you the best bang for your buck with a touch of history and class to boot.
I'll say that my Lamson Guru has been fantastic. A season and a half an narry a problem. Light, asthetically pleasing and smooth on the drag. Oh yeah, and most importantly, affordable.
Lamsons are great, I would stay away from the cheapy, cast reels arent as durable, I would hate to drop it once and watch a piece break off
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I have a pile of Lamsons, R's , V's, Litespeeds, and a Waterworks, and swear by them.
for spey, Meisers.
did I mention Lamsons are great, and Meisers are the best buy?
I believe the meisers reels are pretty much the same as the amundson reels, just with a different logo. and I have heard of those amundson having serious issues with the drag.
meisers stuff is usually top notch but I don't think he had as much a hand in these as some people would lead you to believe.
the cheapest of the lamson reels share's the same drag as the more expensive prettier models, which just goes to show you that a pretty reel is worth more than a functional one in today fly fishing market. you could blow 800 on a top of the line rulon disc drag reel made by hatch (amazing bomb proof reels btw) or you could pay 1200 for a brand new hardy perfect made in korea that will make a loud noise when attached to a fish and hold your line (and thats about it)...
long story short they are all good, you just have to figure out who you want to be like- john gierach or john hazel and then go spend your hard earned cash for a little happiness.
Han, you're mistaken about Meiser reels.
The drag system is the same as Voessler. pin on carbon disk. Very very good. Impeccable machining, bulletproof finish, hard to find anything to criticize. Well, they may be a little light to suit my taste for spey. I can say the same about Lamsons.
The reels were built to Bob's standards and his design by a european company who mills for other high end brands, but Bob offers them at a very reasonable price.
In these pages, it's best to criticize only products or people you actually have knowledge of. I don't know you, but I know Bob Meiser and I catch fish on two sizes of SGS reels. And they are a great buy. As are Lamsons.
I can't actually criticize the meiser reels having not played with them, but I do know some fellas who grew to hate the drag on their ammundson wind warrior reels which in my opionion look IDENTICAL to the meiser reels besides the witness marks and finish.
my previous statement was more along the lines as to wether or not the meiser reels came first , it sounds more like he picked a reel out of a pre made line up at some factory and added various options. instead of having his fingers in every part of the design like some people who know as little as I do would lead people to believe... Im just saying.
refer to my other post where I said he makes top notch stuff. it would be fool hardy of me to speak ill of any thing that meiser MAKES, as I would have more meiser disciples jumping my S@#$ than I would know what to do with (and Im one of those die hard Meiser disciples)
I was actually criticizing the people falsely believe Meis is now milling his own flavor of reels down there in oregon along with some of the best rods on the river.
It's foolhardy to criticize a product you clearly know nothing about, Han.
I looked at the link you posted, and the SGS and amundsen are only similar in general shape. I immediately noted a number of differences, and there's no picture of the drag side of the reel.
Since you admit not having played with an SGS, it's time for you to bow out of this one gracefully.
If you want confirmation, talk to Bob about the reels. I have, at length.
bowing out now.
good man. well done, sir.