"Affordable" big, fast fish reels?

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  1. SilverFly

    SilverFly Active Member

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    Thanks for all the feedback. The Sealevel reels look like kind of solid, no-nonsense stuff I want. A buddy offered a used Ross BG7 at a very good price so I'll pick that up but still might get a new reel so please keep the feedback coming.

    Thanks again.
     
  2. Richard E

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    I'd be all over the BG7. Though not quite in the echelon of the Tibor, Pates, Abels, et al, it's a darn nice reel and should service you well.

    Congrats. I wish I had one. :thumb:


    Another reel that you may consider is the Redington Brakewater 11/12. It's very similar to the Tempest (the Brakewater debuted when Redington was still owned by Jim Murphy; Jim sold Redington, started Albright, and offered the Tempest, a reel similar in many ways to the Brakewater). The Redington CDL Titanium, which replaced the Brakewater, is a good reel for the money, but if given the choice I prefer the Brakewater.

    Those TFO reels are daaaang good, though, particularly that Hayden. You could build a house with one of those, and it would keep working. Heavy and built to last.
     
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    That's the reason i metioned them. I haven't blown mine up..........yet.
     
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    Ryan Buccola I ain't broke but brother I am badly bent

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    try the reddington 9/10...Sweet for the $$ i think about $239
     
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    Bauer Junior Mac series can be bought for $165 on that auction site
     
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    you might take a look at the German made Vosesler S reals. They are strong and you do not have to spend a ton on money. Meiser has them.:thumb:
     
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    You might look at the German made Vosesler S reels. They are strong and not out of sight in price. Meiser carries them.
     
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    Doc, say it a fourth time and we might get the message;)
     
  10. stan

    stan Banned or Parked

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    Ummm, He asks for a reel in the $100 range and you give him a reel in the $350 range?
    BTW, in another thread people were talking about cheap one way clutch's, the mid arbor barstock reel being put out by Derek Mckenzie outdoors has a machined one way clutch bearing system on them...zero backlash, even with the drag set to zero. It will retail for just over $100.
     
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    Silver Fly

    Not sure hwo much these trips are going to cost you but I will echo the comments of others. You are already going to be plunking down a fair amount of change for these trips. Why risk it with inexpensive gear? Yes they can and do work but they are also MUCH more prone to failure that a top quality reel like an Abel or Tibor.

    I don't know about you but I don't get to the salt that often so when I do I don't want equipment failures. If I screw up so be it but (and thats often the case) but it sure isn't going to be becaause I plunked $3K down on a trip and then took questionable equipment.

    Good luck.
     
  12. Matt Paluch

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    I hadn't heard of these before, but according to their website that reel is only available up to a 7/8. Far too small for Tarpon and Tuna.
     
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    One thing to keep in mind is that you can get enough backing on a smaller reel if you use Gel Spun. But I think you will run into issues with like pick up. I run a Ross Momentum 8 on my 12wt for this reason. The smaller the reel is the faster its going to be spinning when that tuna puts the hammer down.

    Brad
     
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    I must have had a lot of ice water to get this messed up and post 3 times. I even spelled it wrong. Sorry.
     
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    I would give Steve Hoagland of Derek McKenzie Outdoors a email ( derekmck@derekmckenzie.com.au), he does bench testing of drags, and is a expert on drags and is coming out with a mid arbor barstock reel in the just over $100 range with a US partner. There was a discussion about one way bearings, and the bearing on his barstock reels in the $100- $125 range are machined