Advice on saltwater reel

#19
Try looking at a Ross CLA 5. I've used many CLA reels from size 4-7. They are nearly bullet proof. They are reasonably priced and readily available. I might get some heat on this but I have a Billy Pate Tarpon (Great Reel @ $500+, two Tibor Sgnature models ($750+ for each) and a Billy Pate Bonefish model ($500+). They are fantastic reels but you seem to want something less expensive. A CLA will solve your problem and not break the bank.
 

Bagman

Active Member
#21
Allen Kraken? That's one that I'm currently interested in for a new reel for my 7/8wt setups.
I picked up one of these a few weeks back. I have not picked up a fish as if yet but I do like the reel. The V spool holds a lot if backing with a very small diameter for a 8 wt reel, I think it is like 3.8 inches. The spool comes off with a threaded knob and the knob stays on the spool so there is no dropping the nob in the drink. The workmanship is very nice and clean. As I was a first time buyer they gave me $40 off my next buy so I waited tell I saw the reel and picked up a spare spool. If your ever up in the Poulsbo area let me know and I will let you take a look at it.
 

mtskibum16

Active Member
#23
I just picked up the same reel. I am looking forward to giving it a spin in the salt. I hope we made a good choice

Patick
I have a lamson konic that I have been super happy with so I can only imagine the Guru is better nicer looking machined version of the Konic and that it's a great reel. Maintenance free and a very nice/smooth/powerful drag.

I was trying to decide b/w the Guru and Kraken and ended up with a Kraken on the way.

I picked up one of these a few weeks back. I have not picked up a fish as if yet but I do like the reel. The V spool holds a lot if backing with a very small diameter for a 8 wt reel, I think it is like 3.8 inches. The spool comes off with a threaded knob and the knob stays on the spool so there is no dropping the nob in the drink. The workmanship is very nice and clean. As I was a first time buyer they gave me $40 off my next buy so I waited tell I saw the reel and picked up a spare spool. If your ever up in the Poulsbo area let me know and I will let you take a look at it.
Thanks for the comments and offer! As I said above I just decided to go for it! It should be here next week! Now to decide on a new line for it! :)