StickmanParticipantMarch 22, 2017 at 9:29 pmPost count: 788
Another vote for pflueger reels. Trion size 20 for the panfish rod and the president 25 for your jigging rod. I have several of both and only thing I have to do is oil them up once in awhile.stick500ParticipantMarch 22, 2017 at 11:45 pmPost count: 456
I’ve had a President for a long time which I have enjoyed, but I broke the bail – learned that I should close the bails manually rather than just cranking it- now its a habit I don’t even think about
I also goobered it up once with sal*censored*er but just oiled the hell out of it and now it works OK
last summer after reading a glowing magazine review and good reports on the internet I popped for two Okuma Ceymar reels C-10 and C-30, both about $40
so far they are really smooth and light and cool-looking to bootstevenoakParticipantApril 5, 2017 at 5:16 pmPost count: 1172
This is a popular post that comes up often. Field and Stream this month has a pretty complete review of spinning and casting reels. Spinning Shimano Stradic CI4 came in as best. Kind of out of the blue, Lews $50 reel took best value. They said it is a heck of a reel in that price range. Someone with skills can maybe post a link for the review.orngruffeeParticipantApril 5, 2017 at 5:54 pmPost count: 901
Will look into Lews too maybe.Haven’t been anywhere to look at any yet. Might get the mag and look into it.scherrmanParticipantApril 6, 2017 at 1:51 pmPost count: 366
I went to an auction last night. They had all the returned and damaged inventory from Gander Mountain. I didn’t realize that pretty much everything there was damaged but there were some diamonds in the rough. I managed to get two great deals. One was a Gander Mountain spinning combo for $25 and the other was a Lews combo where the rod was snapped in half for only $12.50. I bought it for the reel alone with retails at $90.WidowmakerParticipantApril 6, 2017 at 2:39 pmPost count: 358
I bought the Mach II Speed Spin about a month ago, and so far, it’s my favorite spinning reel. It’s an $80 reel, so a little higher priced. I never thought I would ever spend that much on a reel, but I had a gift card, so I thought I’d try it. I now know why guys spend that much on equipment. It’s great.scherrmanParticipantApril 6, 2017 at 3:14 pmPost count: 366
Quote by: Widowmaker
I bought the Mach II Speed Spin about a month ago, and so far, it’s my favorite spinning reel. It’s an $80 reel, so a little higher priced. I never thought I would ever spend that much on a reel, but I had a gift card, so I thought I’d try it. I now know why guys spend that much on equipment. It’s great.
They had a few of those Mach II combos at the auction last night. They were the most popular and went for the most money. There were two that the only defect they had was a broken trigger on the handle and I wanted to buy both. Someone grabbed both for $65.stevenoakParticipantApril 6, 2017 at 3:27 pmPost count: 1172
That ends up about the same price as a Sahara. Not sure how they compare. With reels, you get what you pay for more or less. Sure the name may command a few bucks. If KVD said the Zebco 33 was his new favorite flipping reel, they would be sold out everyplace. But more expensive reels like the CI4 are made with more, and more expensive parts. Used side by side with less expensive reels you can tell a difference. They are generally smoother and less subject to wear and breakage, along with lighter with better drag systems. But that probably matters to less than half the fisherman that buy reels.
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