okuma reels

they are a reel good buy, bought one today at sportco for 60$ it has a stainless steel shaft, star drag that is way easy to fish with, got the 5/6 model, bought it off bill herzog to. way better than my 100$ loomis that got ripped off. I know saltwater fisherman swear to okuma spinning reels in other parts of the country, looking for a decent fly reel for around 50$ this is your best bet, worn thru alot of them, this one will last. Ben :pROFESSOR
i don't know what kind of Okuma do you mean
but I used large arbor Okuma reel with terrible teflon disk drag and I wouldn't recommend it to any serious fishing
Redington rulez forever! :)

Rob Blomquist

Formerly Tight Loops
I have 2 Okuma Sierra reels, and I like them alot. Note though, they are undersized for my fishing needs, as I like to have 100 yards of backing on my reels, and my 7/8 with 100 yards of Micron has a tough time with my Airflo multitip with its floating head. My 4/5 has a similar tough time with 100 yards of 4 wt floating line.

So be aware, you may want to upsize the Okuma Sierra you get, other wise they are great reels for the money.

its a magnitude ml 5/6, its got stainless steel ball bearing and main shaft and is way better than my loomis that was supposed to be gods gift to fly reels, what was told to me when I bought it at the time. I have a redington red start 7/8 and an old florida 7/8. the redington costs about the same price as the okuma but the okuma is a way better reel I think. just how it feels for my type of fishing, tough reel for some abuse but my friend broke the redington rod drunk in my boat and they sent me a brand new rod in a week and half so theres nuthin bad about them. but for the 150 $ range old florida rules, got the same drag as abel, I think. Ben
rob it carries 100 yards of 20lb backing, its a magnitude ml, I was looking at all the fly reels and it seemed the best quality for the money, not paying over 200$ for a fly reel because its all in the drag, heck you dont even need a drag really around hear except rivers maybe. last year
I fished all season with a no drag reel on my 5/6, . Ben

Rob Blomquist

Formerly Tight Loops
The sierra is not one of the wide spool reels but one of the normal fly reels. I am glad to hear that the newer reels have better capacities.
Just curious, what Loomis reel did you have that you thought was no good. I have a couple of their syncrotec reels and think they are great reels. I have a Okuma 4-5 sierra that I bought for my son and I think it is a nice reel for the money but not even in the class of the Loomis reels I have.

Hey all,
Ya'll think an Okuma reel 'd hold up against the heavy duty anadromous fishing that I do?
I'd sure like to find an affordable reel with inexpensive spools so I can start investing money into experimenting with the varios flylines.
i have tow of them i have a sera 10/11 and i put it on my 8wt it has good balance and 300yd of 30ld dacron backing it is one of the best price reels for the mont i also have a 5/6 magnitud on a cheep 6 wt and it also holds 100-130 yards of 20lb backing i have made a multi head system line for it and have not hade eney trublt but the joint comeng out the gides . i bought both reals at spotco was about 100$ i did want the one with the starbut the at lats and not the first time out of what i want i by there member ship and what do i get i get to setel for what thay have not for what i want after selecting the setel for reels they did not even have the extra spools for them and they said it would be 2 monthst be for the got in there order well they caled me last week and there in . it was three monthe latter thay also have good poles too
I just bought the Orvis Rocky Mountain large arbor reel for my 5 weight rod. It's $80 w/ $15 spools(cassettes). I've only used it once so far, performed very well. :COOK
hey, Ben,

I have an Okuma Sierra 4/5 on my 3 weight small creek rod. No problems, whatsoever. Great value! The only slight negative is that it reels in almost too easily. There's no reistance at all, which takes a bit of getting used to for me.

A BIG caution, though, with your magnitude. I believe the "magni" part of the name comes from the fact that it's made with magnesium. An Okuma rep told me that magnesium hates the salt, and I know you fish the salt about 95% of the time. I read on fishusa.com that using it in the saltwater voids the warranty. Just thought I'd better mention it, in case you didn't know already.

I'm planning on grabbing on for the next rod I build, which will be a GATTI 8'6" trout rod.

Tight lines, Ben,

he is right the saly will kill it they did tell me that when i was at sportco that is why i bought two reals one for salt and one for fresh i have been told by a few people that the salt will stick to the line and backing and the fish can smell it in fresh water even if you rince very well with fresh water

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