Least expensive saltwater real????

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Alexander, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Bagman

    Bagman Active Member

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    I never soak my reels. I soak the spools after each outing if I will not be using them for a few days. It may just be me but I think there is a better change that water could get past the seals a lot easier if the reel is left in water for even as long as an 1 or 2 hrs. I rinse my reel and towel dry it, the spool stays in a bowl for two hrs. Change the water then 2 hrs again, towel dry then allow to stand on a dry towel overnight. As for a good reel at a good price it's hard to beat a Allen Alpha III at $145 new.
     
  2. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    All I've done with the Crosswater is take the spool out, rinse both spool and cage under the faucet and dry off in the dish strainer. Then I wipe the lines with a wet paper towel, dry with another paper towel and let the backing dry overnight then wind the lines back on. Works for me! I too have Lamson's, Hardy's, Orvis, Waterworks, ect reels but don't use them in salt.
     
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  3. Lue Taylor

    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

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    Sportsman Whse in Federal Way has Hardy's Greys rod comb for less than you can built one comes with reel, 5wt line and backing with just a rod sock on their closeout area. The reel is a plastic like the Okuma reel as Steve describe Oh did I tell you they are $55 bucks
     
  4. Nick Clayton

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    Living where you do I would suggest Sage/Reddington. Model doesn't matter too much. I fish a Rise in the salt 95% of the time. It's the ability to buzz over to the factory at any time for a replacement should something goes bad that gives me much piece of mind.
     
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  5. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    I've been using a Ross Canyon 3 in the salt for the past 10 years or so.
    Prior to that I used a Ross Gunnison 3. Never had an issue with either.
    SF
     
  6. Bob Young

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    Pfleuger Medalist. 1490 something.
     
  7. Red Arch

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    You could also look at an Orvis Encounter. Yeah its a polymer material but they are $50, and one of the reviewers took his on a bonefish trip and abused the crap out of it, no rinsing, dropped it a few times in the water and had two screws oxidize. It is also extremely durable if you drop it, but that redington cw seems like a good buy.

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=4Y58

    One more thing they are a large arbor.
     
  8. CLO

    CLO Future WFF Mod

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    I'm selling a brand new Redington Rise 2 in the classifieds section. I know a lot of guys have been using that in the salt now. PM me if interested, thank you.
     
  9. Lue Taylor

    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

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    May want to check out Leland fly shop all Redington products 50% off
     
  10. Richard E

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    I generally agree with Preston, HOWEVER...I have had least luck with reels that have clicker/gear drags. I clean all of my gear - reel, flies (used during the event), lines, waders, jacket, stripping basket, everything - and I've found the saltwater 'eats' at and erodes very quickly the very tip of the pawl. This causes issues as the tip is the primary contact point with the gear for the drag. And, the discovery that the pawl tip is rusted away usually as one is stripping line from the reel while fishing and the reel goes in to free spin.

    So, as noted by the others, pretty much any reel will do, but I would shy away from pawl/gear reels.
     
  11. Richard E

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    I want to like the Lamson reels, but I just don't have good vibes for 'em...

    What are you going to look at as a possible replacement for the Litespeed?
     
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    I've owned several litespeeds with failed, rusted and seized drags. Forget about trying to de-spool from the frame in subzero conditions as it won't come undone. If stay away from their line up of conical 'sealed' drags
     
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    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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    I'm not looking to replace it with a new purchase, as I have plenty of other reels that have never let me down.
     
  14. Richard E

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    Like...?
     
  15. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    My guess is Islander...Canadian...cork drags!