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How much will you spend?
Posted 10 November 2004 - 08:40 AM
Posted 10 November 2004 - 09:17 AM
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 . 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.
Posted 10 November 2004 - 10:01 AM
Posted 10 November 2004 - 10:42 AM
Posted 10 November 2004 - 10:54 AM
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.
Posted 10 November 2004 - 11:14 AM
Posted 10 November 2004 - 12:21 PM
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Posted 10 November 2004 - 12:33 PM
And it's worth every penny.
Posted 10 November 2004 - 03:15 PM
Posted 10 November 2004 - 05:39 PM
Get me on the water!!
Posted 10 November 2004 - 05:56 PM
So much water, so little time!
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Posted 10 November 2004 - 07:36 PM
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!
Posted 10 November 2004 - 08:47 PM
Hopefully the Wife could find it in her heart to get me a Jack Charlton reel for Christmas LoL! i'll keep on dreaming.
Posted 11 November 2004 - 03:40 PM
|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.
Posted 11 November 2004 - 03:56 PM
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
I don't think any of us started out with top-end gear, but somehow end up there...