Please help me buy a new reel !

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by royalcoach, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    Royal Coach,

    Since you asked, I think you should by the most expensive reel that you can afford. I've read on this very forum numerous times that you get what you pay for. I don't necessarily believe that myself, so I don't practice it either. I think O. mykiss advice is appropriate for the rod you're wanting to dress up. I think the Hardy LRH is perfect on a 5 wt; the Princess a tad large. A mint condition Sage 505 is as good as it gets. These reels will easily outlast you and serve the next generation as well. Less expensive, but an excellent trout reel is the discontinued Ross Colorado, probably size 3. I have a couple to these and find them better made than the Hardy, but not better than the Sage 500 series.

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  2. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    I've got vintage Hardys, Waterworks, Lamson, Pflueger, Orvis, Martin, Ocean City, Meisselbach and way too many more...so royalcoach, the reel you need to buy is THE REELYOU WANT!!
     
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  3. run26miles

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    I have a Ross Evolution LT #2 paired with my Z-Axis 590. It is a great reel and matches well with the rod. I fish this combo far more than any of my other rods and reels. I don't have any experience with the other two reels you are considering, but would highly recommend the Ross.
     
  4. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    +1 for the Abel TRs, I have the 1 and 2....great reels! I am also a big fan of Bauer Reels.
     
  5. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    I got the new Litespeed IV for my salt 5wt. Love it. Lamsons are light but solid and dead sexy in a tech sort of way.
     
  6. Red Arch

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    You should look at getting an Islander. They are made well "Off-shore" but its not Off-shore Korea off-shore, it is a ferry ride away off-shore off-shore
     
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    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

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    Go buy that Hardy St George it will turn heads when that big run happens
     
  8. rory

    rory Go Outside

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    I agree, the Bozeman or Hatch would look great. Make sure you buy a Howler Bros hat as well.
     
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  9. royalcoach

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    I kinda like the Nautilus hats better .... "Tested On Animals " ....
    Looks like I an leaning towards the Ross Evolution LT ....
     
  10. LD

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    If you buy a quality reel with a good warranty you can hardly go wrong. The quality of all gear now is good to great. For a 5wt it will mostly be a line holder so no need to spend $500 on a reel unless you really want to. Basically find a reel that feels good in hand and you like the look of it and go for it.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I can't add anything to this as I'm a cheap bastard. But you should check out Allen Fly Reels. A sponsor on this site. Their reels look fine and don't cost an arm and a leg.
     
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    Drag? What drag?
     
  13. royalcoach

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    Yes I know ....
    So .... Have ruled out the Lamsons and Brookie.
    Liking the Ross Evo LT... and Galvin Torque.... both equally.

    If I didn't run across the few Nautilus FXW threads that described drag failure issues I would be all over that one.
     
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    Have you looked at the Tibor Light, Bauer Mac, or Orvis Hydros or Access reels? What about Abel?
     
  15. royalcoach

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    Not yet .... guess I will tonight !