Maxcatch Avid v Piscifun Sword?

smallmouth

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I’ll likely be receiving a Wychwood Drift 10ft #3 around the winter solstice.

I don’t think my tiny Shimano Ultegra would be right on a 10ft rod and in any case it’s already matched up with a 7ft 9ins St Croix.

I haven’t bought a fly reel for over 15 years and brands like Scientific Anglers, (BFR), have disappeared since then. After browsing online for what seems like ages, I’ve started to consider a reel direct from China and it seems to be a choice between Maxcatch and Piscifun.

So I’d be grateful for any advice, or as Harry Hill might say, “which is best.....?”
 

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I can't comment on the maxcatch reel but the Piscifun is a solid built reel, easily the best value for money reel I've bought, it would be interesting to hear from someone that has both?

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My Piscifun Sword has been faultless to date, nice drag looks smart and is just a nice all round bit of kit.
I haven’t had a reel from Maxcatch but a few on here have and seem pleased.
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I have a sword and it's a great reel.
Extremely good value for a high quality product. Don't see how anyone can be disappointed with one.
 

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I’ve had two from Maxcatch; an SA Clicker 3/4 and an Avid 1/3. The Clicker is a lovely reel for river work and if the lighter line version comes back into production I will definitely buy one. The Avid is also a nice reel, but in such a small size is a bit overgunned with the disc drag. I’ve never use a Piscifun but others on the forum who know their reels like them.
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I have both reels.

In my opinion, the Piscifun reel is MILES better than the Avid which, again in my opinion, I think is pretty poor, albeit cheap.

The piscifun sword is much better build quality and very good value, comparable with more expensive reels, whereas with the Avid you get what you pay for.

Having said that, I bought the Avid, almost as a disposable reel, for occasional use in the sea after mullet while holidaying abroad and it does the job ok.
 

smallmouth

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Many thanks all for your help.

I was googling the Piscifun Sword again last night and realised I could get a black 5/6 for £36 via Amazon prime.

It arrived this afternoon and I have to agree, seems very high quality for the price. Glad I went for the 5/6, I think the 3/4 might be a shade too small for a ten footer.

Though a green 3/4 Sword II would look very nice on the St Croix.........
 
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smallmouth

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Glad I went for the 5/6, I think the 3/4 might be a shade too small for a ten footer
Just for information. I finally loaded the 5/6 Piscifun Sword last night. It took 100 yards of 20lb Leeda braid backing and a #WF3 "Real Gold" with room to spare. I think it could take that amount of backing plus a #WF5 if required.
 

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I bought an avid, for the price a very good reel, but don’t believe the hype that the reel is equal to makes considerably more expensive, the drag is poor quality; I bought it as a spare reel to have spooled up for casting practice on grass... so it serves its purpose well for that and to be fair as long as you can ignore the drag it’s a good all-rounder.
 

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Just for information. I finally loaded the 5/6 Piscifun Sword last night. It took 100 yards of 20lb Leeda braid backing and a #WF3 "Real Gold" with room to spare. I think it could take that amount of backing plus a #WF5 if required.
Just for further information, my new Barrio WF5 SLX was a less than comfortable fit on the reel I had my old five weight on. So leaving the backing, I swapped the lines over and can confirm the Piscifun Sword 5/6 will take 100 yards of 20lb braid and a WF#5 floater.
 

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Don't discount the Maxcatch Torro, not to dissimilar on price and a decent step up in quality from the Avid.
 
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