What about the new Medalist?
I've been using a Battenkill III with both 4 and 5 weight rods. Great looking reel that works flawlessly. Being an engineer, I had to fool with the drag when I bought the reel! I honestly can't say I could see much difference. My understanding it that the drag on click pawl type reels is more to prevent bird nesting of the line than it is for drag while fighting a fish.Have either of you messed around with the Battenkill's block mechanism for internally adjusting the drag? Have you noticed any discernible difference when rotating the block's position?
My main hesitation with the Redington Zero is that there are no adjustments, so if I find the "clicker" to provide insufficient drag to keep the line from backlashing then I'm outta luck.
I have a zero, can't say I'm a big fan. Don't like the "drag" or clicker noise, it sounds plasticky, line doesn't wind on the reel tight or even.... just doesn't feel polished.
I have a Zero for my 5wt. I'm not a big fan of the line control, it backlashes and overruns the spool too easily.
I use the new Medalist, found a new one in the Classifieds for $100 and it's a great value for the money. I have both 5/6 (trout) and 7/8 size (surf and salmon). Yup, I use it in the salt. Rinse-lube-repeat.What about the new Medalist?
I’ll be the one to disagree: I like my Redington Zero. It is very light and small, very simple, and looks cool in my opinion. Much less expensive than boutique reels and spare spools are readily available online for less than $50.These reports confirm my suspicions, guess the Zero is out of the running. Any other reels out there that compare to the Battenkill in terms of price and quality? The Ross Colorado LT and Sage Click are out of my budget.
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