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How much would you spend on a new reel?  

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How much would you be willing to spend for some new gear? Since we have a broad group of flyfishers here, with interests from panfish to trout to salt, and users of both traditional and spey tactics, I'm wondering how deep you'll reach into the pockets?

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For my trout/panfish/bass I don't have any reels that are more than $20.00. I never had a problem with any fish that I catch on my 5wt, I can always palm the reel if I catch that monster blue gill devil.gif . For salmon and saltwater I have Redington RS2 9/10 reel that I paid $75.00 and I never had a problem with it yet. I would rather buy another 3 Whiting Grade 1 necks than catch 8" trout on a $300.00 reel.

 

 

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I agree mozes. Still, I bought a large arbor Islander for a trip to the tropics which cost me a pretty penny - it is my salmon reel now. It is a pleasure to use but I doubt I will buy a reel like that again. There are excellent reels for less than $100 now.

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I think for many fishing situations a $100 or less reel is all you will ever need. But if you target species that make long sustained runs deep into your backing that budget reel is toast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For freshwater I use an el cheapo reel that doesn't even have a drag...don't need one just palm it when the need arises which I must confess it very rarely does - most fish don't even get back on the reel. It holds the line and thats all.

 

My saltwater reel costs more than my first truck - its worth every penny and if it ever goes to Davey Jones's locker I'll buy a new one just like it.

 

 

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Ah, well, this is a toughy. Since I rarely ever buy reels new. LOL. So I put up the price of the reels I buy at their new prices. Just that I always run deals used, or buy through prostaff deals. So never pay the full price. I just wish I could be one of those "big name" guys and get most of my tackle free. LOL.

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I won't spend over $100 on a new reel, not including additional spools. If you take at least one spool into consideration I think $150 is tops. I don't need fancy drag systems or anything because I prefer palming rims. I do prefer metalic reels to black though.

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I have reels ranging from a few cheapo Martins to the Orvis Vortex rated for 12 weight lines. Because of this range, I voted $400 or more on the poll because the Vortex easily surpasses that mark.

 

And it's worth every penny. wink.gif

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I voted for the 200-299 but I'm kind of all over the board on this. The past couple trout reels have been all been over $100 after having one come apart on me in the middle of fighting what would have been my biggest brown ever. The need for a quality reel for steelhead and salmon is what the main reason I'm in on the this range though.

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My most expensive reel is a Pflueger Supreme costing $65. Others are cheaper- down to about $10 bucks. My observance is that for most fishing the lower priced reels are adequate. For big salmon or saltwater, I might opt for a better quality reel with a precision drag. But remember- I'm cheap! wink.gif

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I'm not cheap but I'm reasonable! Sorry, old joke. dry.gif

I'm not cheap but I'm thrifty at times. I tend to grab opportunity when it knocks. When Orvis was blowing out what is arguably the finest trout reel made, the old C.F.O. click and pawl, I scooped up what I needed and I am extremely glad I did.

When I was at a Bass Pro Shop and noticed a Litespeed in the case at almost 1/2 off, I scooped that up too. I am VERY glad I did that too. Some of the salt water fish I caught this fall would have left burn tatoo's in my palm were it not for the smoooooth drag on that reel!

Other times I justify a pricey reel by thinking it will escalate in value. That I nailed when I bought some Charlton stuff a dealer was blowing out a few year ago.

The way I see it, anything you buy that satisfies you and leaves you with no doubt as to its worth is worth the price. I wish Fifi felt that way too!

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i spent $385 on a Ross GB5.Super sweet reel with a sweet drag!Not that i'm made of money,But when it comes time to play.....i play and want something that won't let me down.The rod set me back $530 and that's worth more than all my Bass rods put together bugeyes.gif

Hopefully the Wife could find it in her heart to get me a Jack Charlton reel for Christmas LoL! i'll keep on dreaming.

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QUOTE (TroutBum @ Nov 10 2004, 10:41 AM)
I think for many fishing situations a $100 or less reel is all you will ever need. But if you target species that make long sustained runs deep into your backing that budget reel is toast.

Paul summed up my feeling exactly.

 

For trout and other species i wont pay more than about $75 since its mainly a line holder, but for salmon and steelhead that make long hard runs i use a Harris Solitude IV and Ross gunnison both in the $300-400 range so i voted 300-399.

 

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I must be off my Rocker laugh.gif

 

I don't mind spending money if it's on something I want. Did I really need it? Nope, but... If I don't blow it, my wife will...LOL

 

Got a Vortex, 2 CFO discs, A Battenkill LA, extra spools for all of them, one of those over-priced ULA's and a couple entry levels that I retired, not that there was anything wrong with them, but I couldn't see hanging a Martin from a T&T.

 

Why buy twice dunno.gif help.gif blink.gif

 

I don't think any of us started out with top-end gear, but somehow end up there...

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