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Old 08-30-2006, 12:17 AM
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Default Help me choose!!!

Im going fishing in upstate this fall and i wanted what you guys would recommend for a fly rod and reel and a spinning rod and reel. Please tell me how to tell the good reels apart from the bad ones. Ill be fishing for steelhead, trout, salmon. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:38 AM
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Muriq. Reels made in China and Taiwan. Cheapo.

You generally get what you pay for in reels. Take a look at the search feature read through a few threads. Everyone has favorites.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:44 AM
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Old 08-30-2006, 04:38 AM
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What are you looking to spend?

In the smaller reel sizes I'm a big Daiwa fan with the Certate being top of the line at around $400 (As soon as they come out with a 5500 size i'm getting one) and the Whisker Tournament being the least I would go for at around $80. Right now I'm fishing a Team Daiwa Advantage 4500s spooled with 10 lb Fireline for carp and light saltwater and I'm thrilled with the reel, $150 at Cabellas and worth every penny.

Rods I can't comment on as I've been fishing mostly the same rods in freshwater for 10 years plus and haven't had a reason to change, just replace a few guides. Not really sure what's out there in the market right now.

Fly rods are a very personal choice, it depends more on your casting style then anything else,. Head over to the local fly shop and ask to test cast a few. As far as I'm concerned unless you're looking for fish over 10lbs the reels are nothing more than a spool to hold the line. I buy inexpensive (but not Chinese) freshwater fly reels.
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