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    Hi Lads,

    I have been using a center pin for a couple of years, a nice Speedia which I bought on E bay. I am delighted with the performance of the reel and enjoy using the pin for grayling trotting more than the fixed spool. The only thing is that by the end of the day my wrist fairly aches with batting the reel. I was considering buying one of the larger diameter ones and saw that there were 8" Shadowlanda ones on E bay for ten pounds. I was thinking that the batting would be cut down by half with the larger diameter, but wondered about the performance of the reel. I believe that you get what you pay for, but apart from that there is also the question of how well a reel of that diameter will spin freely. The extra size must come with a price regarding performance. Has anyone on here any experience of using larger diamater center pins?
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    I use various pins for all my trotting & I wouldnt go any higher than a 5" diameter reel, no need, as you start then to compromise balance of the rod & reel which will simply make things much harder for yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buntinbee View Post
    Hi Lads,

    The only thing is that by the end of the day my wrist fairly aches with batting the reel. I was considering buying one of the larger diameter ones and saw that there were 8" Shadowlanda ones on E bay for ten pounds.
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    and thats how your rod hand will feel no doubt, bigger reel = bigger weight


    Quote Originally Posted by george387 View Post
    I use various pins for all my trotting & I wouldnt go any higher than a 5" diameter reel, no need, as you start then to compromise balance of the rod & reel which will simply make things much harder for yourself.
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    Hello buntinbee

    I'm glad that you are having fun using a pin for your trotting if you were going to step up a size in your reel then I would suggest that you look out for an old Adcock stanton 5" model they work well and you can either bat them back or twiddle them back with your finger in one of the holes on the frontplate.
    With regard to the shadowlanda the build quality and performance are so poor that even at a tenner you really wouldn't want one!
    However I suspect that in the longer term you might feel equally comfortable with a 4 1/2" Okuma Adventa pro (VT1002) as these reels have an effective spool size that is the equal of the Adcock in the larger size. This may sound counter intuitive but the spool depth on the Okuma is much shallower than the Adcock which means that in effect they retrieve roughly the same amount of line for each turn of the spool. The Okuma has been my 'go to' reel ever since they first came into the country some years ago despite having (too) many other dearer centerpins!
    Hope this helps

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    Hi Buntinbee, The shadowlanda is a very light reel made out of thin pressed metal...but 8" is massive! Also, greenwells is right about the Shadowlanda, I have the smaller one and it is very cheaply made and not up to the task of trotting. Mine is out of balance badly and has tight spots and would need something like a pike bung or mackerel float to make it turn (others may have a freer running one than mine though). The build quality is also truly bad. Just one for off the end of the pier on summer holidays.

    Stick with an Okuma or something of similar size and quality. They are fantastic reels and the retrieve will be a tad faster than your Speedia, if that's what you want.

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    Thank you for your replies and opinions, I think I will take your advice, save a tenner and probably spend a lot more. The other thing I was thinking about doing was running the reel 'in reverse' so to speak so that I was batting the reel up the way rather than down. Maybe it is just my technique that is causing the pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buntinbee View Post
    Thank you for your replies and opinions, I think I will take your advice, save a tenner and probably spend a lot more. The other thing I was thinking about doing was running the reel 'in reverse' so to speak so that I was batting the reel up the way rather than down. Maybe it is just my technique that is causing the pain.
    Do whatever suits your style of fishing, & your most comfortable with I personally prefer line off the top and batting the reel away from me
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    IMO you would be better off with a Stanton.
    A centrepin for long trotting with a light spool you need to bat more frequent to retrieve the same amount of given line against the flow compared to a pin with a heavier spool. The centrepin with a heavier spool like the stanton will run for longer because it has greater momentum. If you can get a good Stanton they requires no more start up inertia than other good bearing reels.


    Gary
    Last edited by bbamboo; 12-12-2012 at 09:07 AM.

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