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It just holds the line.....or does it?
Posted 03 April 2005 - 12:29 PM
I ventured out and purchased a +100 dollar reel recently. ($130 and some change actually.)
It's nice. Looks good, feels good and it passed the Schnauzer test with flying colors. The Schnauzer test is my own self developed test that I put any new rod or reel thru. It involves my miniature schnauzer "shaggy" and one of the kids with a "scooby snack" for the drag test. Shaggy and a chew toy for the fight test.
So far it has been a 100% successfull testing procedure. Being that, any reel that failed during the test failed at some point while fishing and any that PASSED have NOT failed while fishing.
So the Orvis passed just fine.
But, so didn't the Okuma Integrity.
The Okuma has held its own in battle a few times too, and has always come out of it unscathed.
Priced around $65-$75 and spare spools at $22.00 it's truely a deal.
The Orvis was $130 with spare spools running around $70.
The Orvis is lighter.
Both have pretty much the same drag system.
A big plus with the Integrity reel is the large star drag adjuster, It's a fantastic design.
Easy to adjust with the palm or a finger while fighting and It is also very responsive.
I wish the Orvis had the larger drag adjustment knob.
I was told that if I wanted to sell the Orvis I could get what I paid for it. But the Integrity would re-sell for much less. Why? If that Okuma Integrity was called the Orvis Integrity it could sell for $200 plus and no one would think twice.
I like the Orvis and will probably have it for a very long time, but I am finding it very hard to say that it was worth the extra cost. It might get me a better seat at the next TU meeting, but that is about it.
I would say if you are in the market for a work horse reel for salmon, steelhead, pike, or bass then give the Okuma Integrity a try. For the price, if you drop it you won't cringe to badly.
This is more or less a review for those that want a good reel but don't want to break the bank and aren't sure of what to get. If ya get one and don't like it, they sell for around 55 bucks on ebay then tack on 6 more for shipping.
Posted 03 April 2005 - 08:54 PM
You definitely struck a cord on what you get for money spent. I have an Okuma Sierra 4/5 that I fished with a little last year. Worked great. Took on some sizeable fish and didn't falter. Impressed me enough I decided to pick up a Cabela's Prestige for my new 6-weight. For $30, if I catch a few fish and it goes down, oh well.
Still shaking my head over the torture testing. It's definitely creative. Maybe we should make an award for best use of household pets in fishing activities?
Posted 03 April 2005 - 09:01 PM
Far as the "shaggy test", I do something like that myself but I usually just wrap my line around Will's neck and let him run around and try to drag his ass back in. I figure Will's about the same weight as most the salmon I catch
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Posted 04 April 2005 - 07:48 AM
The chew toy is more of a test for the rod than the reel. But I tie to a chew rag thing he has and toss it to him. He then goes into a head shake, jumpin up and down routine. He has fun, gets excercise, I get my gear tested AND I haven't had a neighbor bother me in a very long time either.
Posted 04 April 2005 - 08:00 AM
IT'S SANTA SWAP SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 04 April 2005 - 10:43 PM
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