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Old 01-18-2008, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to buy myself a nice new reel and wondered what you all think about who makes the best spinning reels for the money. What brand names and models have you found to be reliable and worth the cost. I've been using cheap Quantum reels with the trigger and seem to go through a couple of reels a year and I want to have something I can count on each time I go out. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd say the determining factor is going to be how much you want to spends. All the major name brands are going to offer good reels.

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Old 01-18-2008, 12:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Love my Tica Cetus. The drag is perfect.

http://www.knkfishing.com/html/cetus_6000_series.html

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Old 01-18-2008, 12:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mitchell!
Good prices and quality. In my experience.
Drag kinda sucks tho.

You can find a great reel from a lot of brands for under $50. IMO
Also think of what you mainly fish for and where.

Trout? Up high? go lite I'd say.
Bass...Im no expert but If you Spinnig for bass, you might want a really nice lite pole too....
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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highly recommend this

http://tinyurl.com/39ctp5

i love mine and it is not too expensive
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highly recommend this

http://tinyurl.com/39ctp5

i love mine and it is not too expensive
That is the reel I have pretty much settled in with. I use them on my jigging and jerk bait rods and they are real smooth. Drag works great as well. Good reel at a decent price.
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All my reels are Shimano I have 3 spinning "Stradic" and 1 casting "Curado" and I feel they are worth the extra cost.
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I own
Shimano Stradic & Sahara,
Quantum Catalyst & Energy,
Pflueger President.

Skip the Sahara if you want a top quality reel. The Stradic is a very good reel but not the best value IMO.

Pflueger President is a very popular reel. It's priced well and is a smooth reel. I don't like the wood handle and if you use a truly SMOOTH reel, you will find that the President is not all that great. It does have a decent drag and would be my choice over the Sahara or others at the same price range.

For a touch more,,,, my favorite reels,
I own several, and my fishing buddies agree,, they are truly great reels plus an amazing value for the quality.
Quantum, either Catalyst or Energy. They are essentially identical except for the "titanium" exterior of the Energy.
I ahve had several huge fish on these reels. No fade in the drags, and so far have not wore out a drag like I have in the Sahara. The magnetic bail never wears out or becomes weak. Also, the bail is a thin titanium wire that does not bend out of wack. The President has a much heavier guage bail so it won't bend. Talk about a smooth reel!!! I've had a couple of my Quantums everywhere from Alaska to Canada, to Colorado.
Best value for the quality.
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I own
Shimano Stradic & Sahara,
Quantum Catalyst & Energy,
Pflueger President.

Skip the Sahara if you want a top quality reel. The Stradic is a very good reel but not the best value IMO.

Pflueger President is a very popular reel. It's priced well and is a smooth reel. I don't like the wood handle and if you use a truly SMOOTH reel, you will find that the President is not all that great. It does have a decent drag and would be my choice over the Sahara or others at the same price range.

For a touch more,,,, my favorite reels,
I own several, and my fishing buddies agree,, they are truly great reels plus an amazing value for the quality.
Quantum, either Catalyst or Energy. They are essentially identical except for the "titanium" exterior of the Energy.
I ahve had several huge fish on these reels. No fade in the drags, and so far have not wore out a drag like I have in the Sahara. The magnetic bail never wears out or becomes weak. Also, the bail is a thin titanium wire that does not bend out of wack. The President has a much heavier guage bail so it won't bend. Talk about a smooth reel!!! I've had a couple of my Quantums everywhere from Alaska to Canada, to Colorado.
Best value for the quality.
LT - what do those cost per reel? I will probably need to replace one this year and always like to try new products. I have never had drag problems with the president. I did notice jerk bait reels that I run braid on seems to have small grooves worn where the line comes off the reel onto the bail from the braid. I wasn't real happy to see that kind of wear.
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http://tinyurl.com/2ok3u4 Catalyst

http://tinyurl.com/2rok46 Energy
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