Re: Affordable quality fly reel for bigger inshore and smaller offshore


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Posted by Michael Hopkins on 2011-08-15 17:12:10 in reply to Re: Affordable quality fly reel for bigger inshore and smaller offshore posted by Dan Blanton on 2011-08-15 12:37:54

Thanks to all who have replied, plenty of food for thought. I have been watching eBay for used but the one I probably want if money wasn't an issue (Tibor Riptide) seems to get snapped up pretty damn fast!

Dan I hadn't heard of Solitude or Sea Level before so I'll check them out along with the Redington that Bill also mentioned. Chuck, I think the Haydens although apparently bullet-proof will be a bit heavy for me - same with that other Antipodean import the Alvey.

I'm surprised no one mentioned the Colton (particularly the Torrent model) as it's US made, is meant to have a monster drag and robust spindle and is not that expensive. Is there a reason or just no experience of it here so far?

One other thing I should say. I suspect most people here after the bigger stuff are fishing from boats. I'm not sure I will be able to do that all the time (or even at all?) so the level of resistance to shore-based abuse like sand, dropping on rocks and dunking is in my mind - hence my interest in Tibor-style cork drag setup.


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