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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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i have way more reels than rods.but i'm the kind of guy that likes click and pawl reels .even tuna cans.

i often use a reel based on the sound of the drag.

one of my favorite reels is an (eagle claw)granger medallion.i usually get them under thirty bucks.i have the whole line.

if you know me from other boards,i use a pic of two of those reels as my avatar.haven't figured out how to do that here,haha

Posted on: 2012/7/3 13:04


Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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Do some research on the reel first. Compare drag systems and how it's made (cast compared to machined). There's some good deals out there to be made. 99% of fish caught on your typical streams that you're using a 4-5wt rod on can be caught using just about any reel IMO. But for that 1% fish, I want something half decent.

I wouldn't pay more than $60 for a cast reel and $130 for a machined reel for the situation you're asking.


I think most people like to match the quality of reel with the quality of rod. No use in tossing a plastic reel on a $700 rod. It's mostly preference though.


Once you get into heavier fish and even salt then you want a great sealed drag system, spool capacity, etc.

Posted on: 2012/7/3 13:18
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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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shakey wrote:
i often use a reel based on the sound of the drag.


I like the way you think!

Posted on: 2012/7/3 13:37


Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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I think most people like to match the quality of reel with the quality of rod. No use in tossing a plastic reel on a $700 rod.


lol (rod about 500, reel under 50)

That was just temporary though, since I didn't have line yet for the reel that I was gonna use for the rod, so I'll use that to my defense lol.

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Posted on: 2012/7/3 13:43


Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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I think most people like to match the quality of reel with the quality of rod. No use in tossing a plastic reel on a $700 rod.


That sounds ridiculous to me. Fishing isn't a fashion statement in my mind. I've got no problem mixing expensive gear with cheap gear.

I got streamerguy beat. I pair my $1000 rod with a $30 reel. And I pair my $90 rod with a $150 reel.

Posted on: 2012/7/3 15:45


Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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Everyone who uses a Medalist on glass or bamboo is probably committing fly fishing fashion show heresy!

Posted on: 2012/7/3 15:57


Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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Martin 61, 10 bucks on ebay. Do it.

Of course people are stuck on the cosmetics of a fly reel. Spending more than 200 bucks on a reel for trout is silly.

With that being said, the BBS isn't a bad choice.
There's a lot of choices out there.

I'm such a sucker for loud obnoxious clickers!

Posted on: 2012/7/3 20:39
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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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shakey wrote:
i have way more reels than rods.but i'm the kind of guy that likes click and pawl reels .even tuna cans.

i often use a reel based on the sound of the drag.

one of my favorite reels is an (eagle claw)granger medallion.i usually get them under thirty bucks.i have the whole line.


#1 shakey

Click pawl, Eagle Claw EC series and Heddon 300 series, Very nice reels for mid level prices.

Posted on: 2012/7/3 22:27


Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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I think most people like to match the quality of reel with the quality of rod. No use in tossing a plastic reel on a $700 rod.


That sounds ridiculous to me. Fishing isn't a fashion statement in my mind. I've got no problem mixing expensive gear with cheap gear.

I got streamerguy beat. I pair my $1000 rod with a $30 reel. And I pair my $90 rod with a $150 reel.



I'm not saying it's a fashion statement. More saying that if people can afford a $700 rod, then they're most likely going to pair it with a nice reel and visa versa. I don't think it's THE rule, but I still stand by my statement that most people try to do so.

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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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Your probably right. I'm quite the opposite. If I just bought an expensive rod, I say jeez, I can't add an expensive reel on top of this. Not now.

Posted on: 2012/7/4 10:40


Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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NCPAtrtbum wrote:
Martin 61, 10 bucks on ebay. Do it.

Of course people are stuck on the cosmetics of a fly reel. Spending more than 200 bucks on a reel for trout is silly.

With that being said, the BBS isn't a bad choice.
There's a lot of choices out there.

I'm such a sucker for loud obnoxious clickers!



I spent $250.00 for a closeout Hatch Reel to use on the delaware for trout and it's the best piece of gear I own. Not all reels are suited for all situations. When you drive a long distance to a premiere trout stream and you hook a trout of a lifetime why not have a suitable reel/drag for the situation. Plus my Hatch will last a lifetime if I take care of it. All this talk of only needing a cheap reel is ridiculous IMO. For small stream fishing that is mostly true but I enjoy fishing for larger wild fish and to me it's stupid to fish with a subpar drag.

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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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Your probably right. I'm quite the opposite. If I just bought an expensive rod, I say jeez, I can't add an expensive reel on top of this. Not now.



That's the key. None of us can buy EVERYTHING we want all at one time, but eventually we'll pair up a combo to our pleasing.

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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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For 90% of PA trout fishing, a $6 click reel will work. With that said, you spend $590 on a rod and then toss on a $10 reel on it.....that's sad. I'd plan on an outfit (rod, reel, line). Like Jason said, I'm not risking the fish of a lifetime because I was too cheap to put up a few extra bucks on good gear.

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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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It's not hard too palm a trout running the reel. I've caught plenty a big fish on cheapo reels. Pretty fun actually because it takes skill.

Posted on: 2012/7/5 13:23
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Re: Choosing a quality mid level reel

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I've hooked fish that would have been near impossible to palm. If you're an expert palmer than congratulations but at some point you may lose a fish of a lifetime because you didn't have a good reel. If you are palming 20+ inch delaware browns and bows then you are truely a special angler.

Posted on: 2012/7/5 14:58



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