Please help me buy a new reel !

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  1. royalcoach

    royalcoach Active Member

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    Hey gang ....

    Not another one of these threads .... but have paralysis by analysis :eek:

    I just cant decide what to buy.
    Galvan Torque or Ross Evolution LT or Nautilus FWX ?????
    Still thinking about a Lamson Litespeed and Speedster too !
    I am driving myself crazy searching reviews.

    And damn is that Galvan Brookie one beautiful looking reel or what ?

    Reel will be going on a Z-Axis 5wt

    Thanks gang !
     
  2. Joe Goodfellow

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    get a classic hardy
     
  3. Seth Tyson

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    Cant go wrong with Lamson, but my new favorite reel my sage 2280. cant beat it for the price.
     
  4. royalcoach

    royalcoach Active Member

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    I cant afford to live in the house of Hardy ....
     
  5. lastcall

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    Try a Greys GX500. Not a fancy reel but has some nest features. It comes wit two extra cartridges.

    Ed
     
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    IMO Lamsons are the most reliable and best quality reels for the price
     
  7. Lue Taylor

    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

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    Buy all three solves the problem
     
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    Of those choices, I would recommend the Ross LT by process of elimination; the drag is weak on that Nautilus, the Lamson frame is flimsy and prone to tweaking on the slightest jarring; the Galvan is a possibility - altho I personally don't like the graduation of the drag (takes too much turning to tighten it). The Ross has a narrower profile and not as large an arbor as the Galvan; also the drag knob on the Ross LT is slim, smooth, not as grippy as I would like but no biggie there. The Ross has an interesting clicker sound that I like.

    Hence the Ross recommendation. If retrieve rate is important for you, get the Galvan. Don't get the others.
     
  9. Bob Rankin

    Bob Rankin Chasing fur and fish every second I get :)

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    When you do that ill pm you my address so I can test
    Them out for you:)
     
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    IMO just close your eyes and pick one. They are all fine reels that will handle anything most people will throw at them. No sense over thinking it.
     
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    5 weight? go for looks since you, most likely, won't need a drag system that'll stop a train.
     
  12. royalcoach

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    I love the looks of that Galvan Brookie ... but the drag setting is a one set deal with an allen wrench.
    The river salmon here do need a drag at times and on occasion... not often ... but often enough.
     
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    If you are open to a gear or spring and pawl drag system instead of a soul-less modern disc drag reel ;) , there's a lot of options, including:

    - Abel TR 2 or 3
    - Orvis Battenkill II or III
    - Islander IR 3
    - Various classic Hardy reels like the Princess, L.R.H., Marquis 5, or Hardy-made reel like the Sage 505 (or a new Princess or L.R.H. though believe those are made in Korea)

    I use Abel TR 2 and 3 on various single hand 5 wt. set-ups, an Islander IR 3 on my single hand Z-Axis 5 wt., and a Hardy St. Aidan on a 5 wt. switch. Love all of them. All of the above can be found at or less (in some cases way less) than a new Galvan Torque T-5.
     
  14. royalcoach

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    Now Im really screwed...
    Thanks for that !

    Cool avatar mykiss !
    Your bud I assume ?
     
  15. o mykiss

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    Yes, that is my old bucket head yellow lab.