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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by doobrysnatcher View Post
    no 1 weight-tosuit 11ft scierra hm3
    no2 price 0-100
    no3 3 cassettes or spools for different line density- floating inter sinking with AFTM 6,7
    no4 material- preferably rust resistant alloy plastic will do if cheap
    no5 able to take backing-just in case
    no6 full arbor modern design-just preferance
    no7 drag system -not really required for trout
    any suggestions or links or am i being unreasonable
    3 Okuma Airframe # 7/9. GBP19.99 each,plus postage from GAC.
    Last edited by Gerryb; 04-03-2019 at 12:52 PM.

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    Lamson Litespeed great reel and if y look after it you will always get yr money back when re selling it
    some on ebay now going for 150

    Think Mr T may agree with me on this one

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    More than half are Orvis . I reckon for a decent price quality reel they are hard to beat . Also many are battenkills and CFO s small stream job . Quite a few lamsons , a few hardy , daiwa and others in there to. I like decent quality but cant get excited like rods . I have a spreadsheet to keep track of the rods.....

    O M W

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    ACW says buy marquis on the bay.
    Finding many bargaind for these great workhorses ,they last forever it seems .
    Andy Wren
    Still fishing but slowly!

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    What works for me, and maybe not others, is to buy the lightest click pawl reel of the correct size presuming I'm fishing for freshwater species.

    I think drags on freshwater reels are unnecessary, another thing to fail and something I don't want to pay for.

    I think buying a heavier reel to physically balance a rod is just extra weight that you need to move when you cast and therefore requires you to expend more energy. I suspect the phrase 'balanced tackle' originally meant matching the size of fly to diameter of tippet to length of leader to size of fly line to casting weight of rod to physical dimensions of reel and has nothing to do with physical weight. Try casting with a reel on the floor and just a rod in your hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by eure View Post
    What works for me, and maybe not others, is to buy the lightest click pawl reel of the correct size presuming I'm fishing for freshwater species.

    I think drags on freshwater reels are unnecessary, another thing to fail and something I don't want to pay for.

    I think buying a heavier reel to physically balance a rod is just extra weight that you need to move when you cast and therefore requires you to expend more energy. I suspect the phrase 'balanced tackle' originally meant matching the size of fly to diameter of tippet to length of leader to size of fly line to casting weight of rod to physical dimensions of reel and has nothing to do with physical weight. Try casting with a reel on the floor and just a rod in your hand
    For me it's not about the casting. I spend most time with the line in/on the water. So either high sticking and hold rod tip high, it helps to have a slightly heavier reel so rod naturally balances tip high, saves using wrist to hold it there. Fishing with tip down close to the water it helps if reel is a bit lighter so tip naturally drops a little, again, saves on wrist needing to hold it down. If I was just casting I agree, no reel would save effort..
    Dave.

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    I find the same as lepirate, if a rod is tip heavy then you have to counter act that pull which soon gets tiresome especially with longer rods.
    With a light reel you can always add weight with a heavy reel you can't take it off.

    Al

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    I have currently got Greys GRX with cassette spools.
    I made the choice on practical terms. Firstly sare spools readily available, easy to get hold of, light to carry and reasonably priced.
    I carry about 8 or nine spools when I am competition fishing so something like a Hardy whereby spools were about 90 odd is just not feasible.
    I do get p*ssed off when manufacturers make design changes and stopping production of older model spools, but I guess with fewer people fishing they have to keep the revenue coming in I guess !

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    I have a vosseler dc2 with a few cassettes given to me by a top man on here. Vosseler? Utterly brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lepirate View Post
    For me it's not about the casting. I spend most time with the line in/on the water. So either high sticking and hold rod tip high, it helps to have a slightly heavier reel so rod naturally balances tip high, saves using wrist to hold it there. Fishing with tip down close to the water it helps if reel is a bit lighter so tip naturally drops a little, again, saves on wrist needing to hold it down. If I was just casting I agree, no reel would save effort..
    Dave.
    +1, rod & type of fishing dictates the reel.
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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