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Has anyone used the White River equipment? I have not. I believe it is BPS product? Pros or cons?

This is one of the lightest reels I have come across:

http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Classic-Ultra-Light-Fly-Reel/product/1112290501111/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL

This is another option but a bit more spendy:

http://fly.hardyfishing.com/en-us/products/reels/classic-reels/lightweight-reels/

I need a lightweight reel to balance a 3wt for the GF. It is the Greys Streamflex XF2 7' (maybe 7'6") Cannot remember for sure. The reel I bought for it is too heavy(4.6oz).

If you have any suggestions for a lightweight reel please feel free to pass it on to me.

I think any reel under 3oz should balance the rod well. Would like to avoid plastic reels.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I've never used either, but I like the White River.

Looks like a neat little set up !
I agree with both of ya, that the White River looks nice and for the price...not bad.

That White River reel looks pretty neat. The other one to check out is the Orvis Battenkill click pawl.
I have looked at it and some reviews have not been favorable compared to the original Battenkill C&P. They apparently have made changes to it that fisherman have not agreed with. :confused:

Have you tried the "new' version out?

I have read about the older Pflueger's and seems that they were a nice reel but cannot find one. The new ones appear to be mostly plastic and cheaply made. :confused:
 

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I got a 29.95 from Cabelas. Weighs 2.8 ozs or so. It aint metal-
 

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I have looked at it and some reviews have not been favorable compared to the original Battenkill C&P. They apparently have made changes to it that fisherman have not agreed with. :confused:

Have you tried the "new' version out?
No. I had 3 of the old Battenkill Disc reels that were good for the price, and I have a Battenkill Bar Stock I love, but I haven't tried the new Battenkill. What's the story?
 

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No. I had 3 of the old Battenkill Disc reels that were good for the price, and I have a Battenkill Bar Stock I love, but I haven't tried the new Battenkill. What's the story?
I cannot find the reviews I thought I read before??? There was an issue with changing it from left hand to right hand retrieve but that would have not been a problem w/me.

Maybe I have it mistaken with another reel?

Will look at it again.

Thanks for questioning me on it.

I do have a gift card for orvis....
 

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My two thoughts:

White river products are cheap chinese jism, and a 4.5 oz. reel on a 3wt balances just fine. A Galvan Torque T-3 is over 4 ounces fer chrissakes.

This is in youor weight class though:

http://galvanflyreels.com/product/brookie/
On this rod 4.6oz is too heavy. I put about 4-5ft of line out the tip of the rod and it balances towards the back of the cork handle. Being a short rod and heavy reel makes it that much harder for a beginner to cast. It makes you want to "break" the wrist and flip it, over exaggerating the casting motion. If that makes sense. I don't like that feeling.

Now that Galvan is a nice reel. I own a Galvan and love that reel. Bought it back in the late 90's.

I looked at them but never saw the Brookie.... a bit pricey for a line holder(since this will be used on small creeks and ponds) but will take a closer look at it.

Thanks for the suggestion. Appreciate it.
 

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If you can find a Waterworks Purist P1, it's a wonderful click pawl reel that I used to have on a Scott G-series 3 wt. Weighed under 3 oz. I see that they're quite proud of them these days if you buy new. They are discontinued as well ... jeez, you'd think they'd be a bit cheaper if they were discontinued. Maybe a used one would work.

Good luck!

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I just a put a Lamson Liquid 1.5 on my 3wt. It's still on the heavy side of your scale at 4.23 oz. but i find it balances just fine on my 7'6" 3wt.
 

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I think cheapo fly reels are cool... chinese or not. They pretty much just hold line, so as long as the drag is decent, any one will do.

Chuckphlem has shimano tattood on his ass... but hates on the Chinese? Shameful... SHAMEFUL I TELL YOU!
 

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Lurker, go down to the Eagle Claw company store and check out the Fly Girl Damsel Fly Reel by Wright & McGill. I'm not a fly fisherman but hear they are very nice. You could PM Nancy(fishingal) and she can tell you how these reels are for a woman or PM hammer here who would also be able to answer any questions. Here are some links on them...

http://www.wright-mcgill.com/fly-girl-damsel-fly-reel

http://www.bobwards.com/EAGLE CLAW-Wright-and-McGill-Fly-Girl-Damsel-Fly-Fishing-Reel-110105&kid=905866&gid=047708667562?ad=4504269044
 

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Who needs a drag on a 3wt? Whos gonna use a drag with a 2lb leader? Just extra ounces-
 

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Lurker, go down to the Eagle Claw company store and check out the Fly Girl Damsel Fly Reel by Wright & McGill. I'm not a fly fisherman but hear they are very nice. You could PM Nancy(fishingal) and she can tell you how these reels are for a woman or PM hammer here who would also be able to answer any questions. Here are some links on them...

http://www.wright-mcgill.com/fly-girl-damsel-fly-reel

http://www.bobwards.com/EAGLE CLAW-Wright-and-McGill-Fly-Girl-Damsel-Fly-Fishing-Reel-110105&kid=905866&gid=047708667562?ad=4504269044
I had never seen those before, but after looking they appear pretty nice.

I'd say they're in the right weight and price range too.
 

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I think cheapo fly reels are cool... chinese or not. They pretty much just hold line, so as long as the drag is decent, any one will do.

Chuckphlem has shimano tattood on his ass... but hates on the Chinese? Shameful... SHAMEFUL I TELL YOU!

Shimano is a Japanese company. I do not follow. ???
 

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You will like the Streamflex. It is a real sleeper rod here in the US. Not many know about it. A premium rod at a low cost.
 

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On this rod 4.6oz is too heavy. I put about 4-5ft of line out the tip of the rod and it balances towards the back of the cork handle. Being a short rod and heavy reel makes it that much harder for a beginner to cast. It makes you want to "break" the wrist and flip it, over exaggerating the casting motion. If that makes sense. I don't like that feeling.

Now that Galvan is a nice reel. I own a Galvan and love that reel. Bought it back in the late 90's.

I looked at them but never saw the Brookie.... a bit pricey for a line holder(since this will be used on small creeks and ponds) but will take a closer look at it.

Thanks for the suggestion. Appreciate it.
The Brookie is a great reel. If 1oz difference in reel weight is changing your casting that much I think you need to get out on the lawn and practice casting a little more. :whip:
 
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