Is there such a thing as a good sub $250 reel?

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#46
+1 on the Drift. I have a brand new Drift loaded with a 3 wt DT that I'm itchin' to try out with my Redington CT 3 wt rods. Its clicker sounds like music to my ears. I paid full price $99. Its the most expensive reel that I own, and that includes all types of fishing.
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#47
While testing reels for sound its important to remember that the reel will sound different (muffled) when loaded with backing and line. Spinning an empty reel in a store only gives a hint that you have to transpose, based on experience, to arrive at a reasonable estimate of what it will sound like loaded and on the water.

Also if it is a spring and pawl the spring can usually be adjusted (bent) to change both the in and out tension as well as sound. I've de-tuned a few of my Hardy Marquis from their original loud ratchet down to nice purr. Actually I like the loud ratchet but I wanted to experiment.

TC
 

TC

I live with wind knots
#48
I've never fished up there but I've heard that it is not suggested you use a click/pawl "singing reel" when fishing in bear country for salmon in Alaska. Word has it that the grizzles are attracted by the sound and equate it to a free salmon. ... with the humans and their obnoxious fly reels running the other direction. :eek:
Well bullllllpucky. I have lived up there all my life and never had a bear turn his head towards me when the drag started singing. If that were the case, every hoot and holler of "Fish On" would mean "Dinner's On" to a bear.
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#49
I like my Orvis CFO's. The new "Click" reels from Sage seem pretty sweet and must be as light as they get. I think they sell for $305 tho. If light is what you like. I think a lot of these new reels forgot what "light" means. Some of these drag systems make for a heavy reel. Go light!
 
#50
Ive, if you go down that path, you need to match the reel to your outfit "du jour". A Hardy, say, to match the tweeds & school tie whilst on the beat, Some sort of big salt-water winch for when you stand on your ladder at Rocky Ford-that sort of thing. And then, of course, a Porsche Cayenne to carry it all.:D
 
#51
Ive, if you go down that path, you need to match the reel to your outfit "du jour". A Hardy, say, to match the tweeds & school tie whilst on the beat, Some sort of big salt-water winch for when you stand on your ladder at Rocky Ford-that sort of thing. And then, of course, a Porsche Cayenne to carry it all.:D
I can't wait to see a ladder tied to the roof of the Porsche!
 

martyg

Active Member
#53
Everytime i read a thread about name brands etc. I think about the marketing plans of companys and how they get sooo many suckers to buy in. IF it takes an expensive reel for someone to land a fish, then they need that reel, IF you can land a fish on a low end reel then you landed a fish and saved money. Most, if not all people get fooled by price points... i have fallen victim too.
For a smaller reel like you mentioned you can definitely get by with a less expensive reel.

For years I have been using Phlueger President's reels. They are made in the same factory / same production line as reels costing twice as much. Since the Shakespeare Group is such a huge company they can afford to break even or lose money on this line, so that they have a fly line in the product mix.

I fish hem almost exclusively in salt and they have traveled the world with me without a single hiccup - some years fishing 150 days.
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#56
Ive, you're normally such a sensible guy, I'm shocked that you've even started this thread, let alone ready to plunk down hard-earned cash on a new reel that'll be worth half as much as soon as you open the box. May I suggest you re-read the above posts, especially the one from _WW_.

There's absolutely no need for some over-engineered high-tech marvel that looks more like it should be mounted with racing tires on the sides of a Ferrari than on your fly rod. For any trout fishing (including steelhead), a simple click-pawl reel is more than sufficient. A used Hardy Princess or Marquis can be had in reasonable condition for half what you're thinking about spending. It will easily outlast you and your heirs will likely sell it for more than you paid when they dispose of your estate.

K
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#57
Ive, if you go down that path, you need to match the reel to your outfit "du jour". A Hardy, say, to match the tweeds & school tie whilst on the beat at Rocky Ford-that sort of thing. :D
I didn't add a single thing to what Alex said but did editorially delete some. If your next trip to Rocky Ford reveals wooden stakes pegged in the ground and the staked out areas named....

Soon to open at an eastern WA chalk stream near you - the Rocky Ford Test Avon Dee trout stream. We only cast to sighted fish and of course must be dressed properly. I believe Jesse's avatar shows the proper attire. Ascots optional.
 

IveofIone

Active Member
#58
Kent, you are absolutely right-I am probably having some age related brain fart and need to recalibrate. I have been trying to spend more money but it is hard for a guy that has been frugal all his life. A couple of years ago my accountant called to wish me a happy 73rd birthday and reminded me that at my present rate of withdrawal I have 42 years of income left in my account. She suggested I take a cruise or buy a new pickup or something. I thought about it for a year then bought Susie a new van and gave myself a $500 a month raise. But it is hard to be an idiot about money when you have been so cool for so long.

I can afford this stuff but don't need it. After all the suggestions-and there have been some really good ones-I haven't liked the looks of hardly any of the reels I've seen. Like 1/2 ton pickups they have gotten so big and so expensive that the original function of holding line has been trumped by bling and sheer size. If this were the '60's, guys would be wearing these things around their neck on gold chains.

I am really enthused about the new Orvis bar stock click and pawl Battenkill and have ordered one up. If it is as good as it looks it will be a dandy and at only $100 it is certainly affordable. And at $59 a spare spool is just pocket change compared to some of the spare spools that are themselves around $300. I should be getting one of the first ones to arrive and will give an opinion once I have caught a few fish on it.

Thanks for all the suggestions and input. Not only did I learn a lot but I'm sure other members and some lurkers also had similar questions and profited from some of the sage advice rendered on this thread.

WFF is a cornucopia of good information and advice born of experience. Great work guys. Thanks again.

Ive
 
#59
I sure like the pic of that reel in feather craft. If they had been available when I bought the redington, I probably would of made the same choice you did. Ive the catalog says 98.00 sure hope you didn't over pay? ( I'm also a retired tight ass).

Doug
 
#60
That looks like a dandy reel, Ive, and at a good price.

In my opinion, travel is a better way to spend one's hard earned money and harder earned time, than is stuff. In mid to late career, when hard work finally seems like it's paying off, it's easy to get into a mindset where buying things seems like the best way to take advantage of it, but when the time pressure is off (and I'm looking forward to that day more and more) taking the time to travel is where I think the best value lies.

D