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    I have the Trion in #2, #5 and #7 and I think they are fantastic. Great smooth clutch on them which has been a real saviour on the odd occasion when I have hooked something big enough to actually take line off the reel. I understand that the Orvis Battenkill Large arbour reel is basically a cosmetically redesigned Trion, and having handled and looked behind the spools of both I am quite convinced that this is true. The Battenkill is nearly double the price.

    Personally I realy like the look fo the Trion and it is so well made I have little doubt that mone will never fail me. Really solid and well engineered. They are slightly heavier than some of their competitors it is true, but personally I do not find that heavier reels cause any problems in any event - indeed I find that on the rods I use they feel very well balanced.

    I set myself a pretty high budget when I went out to buy my reels but to be honest the more expensive competitors felt to me to be flimsy, poorly engineered and rather tacky looking in comparision to the Trions. Personally I simply could not justify the price differences and even preferred the Trions to most of the ones I looked at regardless of price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardlongley View Post
    thanks

    The SK3 seems to be #7/8

    I was thinking of getting #5/6,,,, for fishing rivers, and some still water work

    Woudl #7/8 be more suitable???
    Many modern reels are too heavy imho for river work and to achieve lighter weight you need to drop to an un realistic diameter, Although pricey always found the original Loop, now branded Danielsson LA reels to offer very light weight with a practical diameter and they wear really well.
    I use shorter rods as many of the rivers I fish are well over grown and finding a light reel to balance a 6 or 7 foot rod isn't easy today.

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    I have an okuma slv 2/3wt for my 7ft 2/3 wt rod, this is well made and quite light, never had problems and mine end up in the water half the time. line capacity is a little optimistic if you use dt lines - dont expect to put more than a few yards of backing on. But then when are you going to take a 2/3wt down to the backing? We can dream!

    I also really recommend the old wychwood truefly reel (not cassette, although not knocking it). Have seen one on ebay:
    Item number: 290530566361 (new with spare spool)
    I have 2, and it is a great little reel, nice smooth drag, can take the knocks. Rated for 5/6wt, but I use it with dt4's for the reasons above.
    All the shakespeare gear I have had has been great, and I think it is the skoda of the fly fishing world.

    I also had vision komas, but I wasn't impressed with the amount of play, downright wobbly, and I had 2 so not just the one reel had the problem, even from new. They were under 50 then, and I thought they weren't great vfm at that price.

    cheers
    dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardlongley View Post
    Is a loght reel really an advantage?

    I remember clearly that my reel was the balance to my rod, and I can imagine a very light reel could actually increase the stress on your wrist etc as your casting??
    Wow! That comment will open up a hornets nest of the forum

    I like a "balanced" outfit but some would advocate using the lightest reel possible. It's all down to what suits you.
    Last edited by Tommy Ruffe; 08-02-2011 at 12:23 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Ruffe View Post
    Wow! That comment will open up a hornets nest of the forum

    I like a "balanced" outfit but some would advocate using the lightest reel possible. It's all down to what suits you.
    Don't think anyone noticed to you started

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    Default Another option?

    I have a Trion for my 5 weight. It's a nice, strong reel, but it is a bit heavy.

    Now I've just taken delivery of an Allen 3-5 weight "Trout" from Justin on the trade forum. I like it a lot; it's a light machined aluminium large arbour and appears to be well built with no wobble. The drag seems nice and smooth and easy to adjust, but I really only use a drag to stop line spinning off when I strip it.

    I have to say that the delivery was a bit of a shambles and it took quite a while to come (I was probably unlucky because I had no problem with the magnetic net release he sent) but the price is much cheaper than anything comparable that I've seen.

    I think you might get better rates if you contact Justin through the Forum as i paid less than the advertised price.

    Cheers,

    Gudgeon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gudgeon View Post
    I have a Trion for my 5 weight. It's a nice, strong reel, but it is a bit heavy.

    Now I've just taken delivery of an Allen 3-5 weight "Trout" from Justin on the trade forum. I like it a lot; it's a light machined aluminium large arbour and appears to be well built with no wobble. The drag seems nice and smooth and easy to adjust, but I really only use a drag to stop line spinning off when I strip it.

    I have to say that the delivery was a bit of a shambles and it took quite a while to come (I was probably unlucky because I had no problem with the magnetic net release he sent) but the price is much cheaper than anything comparable that I've seen.

    I think you might get better rates if you contact Justin through the Forum as i paid less than the advertised price.

    Cheers,

    Gudgeon
    Was thinking about getting one of those a little while ago now,the only reason i didn't and not just me was the sheer lack of communication from him

    Neil

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    Was thinking about getting one of those a little while ago now,the only reason i didn't and not just me was the sheer lack of communication from him

    Neil
    Yes , it was a bit of a mission to get anything back from him and I thought at one time that my money had gone forever.

    But it was worth the wait....

    Gudgeon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gudgeon View Post
    Yes , it was a bit of a mission to get anything back from him and I thought at one time that my money had gone forever.

    But it was worth the wait....

    Gudgeon
    Glad it worked out ok for you ( they look nice reels ),I'm not sure if id want to take that risk though

    Neil
    Last edited by chelsea123; 09-02-2011 at 06:09 PM.

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    I went for the Wychwood Truefly SLA.

    Added onto my Greys GRXi, a WF5F Snowbee line,,, and some flies from Chris,,,,,,, I am more or less ready to go.

    eagerly waiting for the delivery now

    Thanks to Ian for the help.

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