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: reel suggestions

01-20-2004, 08:13 PM
i am looking to get a reel for an 8 weight that can be used in salt and fresh water
price range around $200

Dble Haul
01-20-2004, 09:40 PM
The Orvis Barstock reel sells for about $150, and I have one that does double duty in fresh and salt nicely. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. ;)

01-21-2004, 07:41 AM
Teton/ Tiog #8 or #10 - $160

Okuma Integrity & spare spool for under $150

Good luck!


01-21-2004, 01:06 PM
i'm looking for a large arbor but the barstock would be my next choice
thanks guys

Dble Haul
01-21-2004, 01:48 PM
Large arbor? Oh, you should have said so in the first place. I'm sure that there are other options out there, but I just received my LLBean flyfishing catalog in the mail yesterday and they have a few that fit your price range.

I'm moving this thread to the Gear Forum so you can get more potential hits there.

01-21-2004, 02:17 PM
You might take a look at Albright also - a new company who are making a splash at the flyfishing shows this year. Their GP model is a L/A and retails for $125. They look to be well made with a nice drag - someone mentioned that they are former Reddington guys.

Like Mark said already, many of the lower priced options will work fine for Saltwater but you must look after them ;)

01-22-2004, 06:06 PM
Lamson Litespeeds at 30% off at

01-22-2004, 09:26 PM
thanks guys

01-28-2004, 10:12 AM
Old FLorida No.4. $196. Cork Disc Drag just like the Fin-nor, Abels, Islanders and Tibors for 1/3 of the money.

01-28-2004, 12:14 PM
Bauer Junior Mac 3.

Andre D
01-29-2004, 10:18 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by debarb
Lamson Litespeeds at 30% off at [

Are you sure, I searched their site and found nada..


01-29-2004, 10:59 PM
I don't see them there now but a couple of days ago there were two sizes.

01-30-2004, 01:33 AM
Yeah, just checked myself, and don't see them anymore, sorry to say. People must have scooped them up.

Andre D
01-30-2004, 10:28 AM
I have been checking for discounted Litespeeds and/or Velocitys. I remember checking there the day before last, not 2 days ago though. I must of just missed out. Anyplace else that may carry them. Everyone seems to be out of the 3.5 and 4 sizes.

yukon delta
02-06-2004, 04:54 PM
Litespeeds were listed in their most recent mailer/catalog. It's likely that they are sold out.

02-07-2004, 02:40 PM
Look at Storm Reels from South Africa. Their currancy is such that you get a great buy for the dollar. Can be bought in the low $200's. Has the feel of a reel costing twice as much. Eats the Old Fl Reels for lunch. If you get the natural alum color it will be stage 3 anodized. I dropped one of mine the other day on a tile floor. Not a scratch. It's also a large arbor but not as large as the Bauers.

The French guy
02-09-2004, 02:14 PM
I was planning on doing some business with Michael Georgiadis (Storm reel) in the past. Wanted him to build a 5" reel with my specs under 250 dollars. This reel never made it as the price ended for more... Then I was supposed to be their reps with a friend of mine but Michael choose another retailer.

I have seen them, tested them and the quality is indeed good. What I like the most is the use of bushings (no ball bearings) and one way bearings with a system similar to Bauer reels. Bushings never fail, ball bearings do.
The reel is still a little bit on the heavy side and if he improved a lot the aesthetic there is still some work to do.
The biggest problem is the warranty which is only 5 years. And I told him he should extend it at least to 25 years. It is also still unsure whether the company will be present in the future. Michael works also in the weapons industry...

Overall, the person is talented and has an aggressive marketing policy. The reels are strong and dependable. I personally do not think they compete with Old Florida reels in terms of quality. They do compete for price though and especially if you are planning on changing the reel after 5 years or eventually pay to fix it (sending it back to South Africa).

If there is one weak alternative to Old Florida reels, this is indeed the reel... and to a lesser extent the Bauer imitation from Omoto reels (South Korea, non T6061 aluminum reel, sold under the name Taimer, Australia, NZ, and Enigma, UK... busted out of the US because of patent problems and sold under the Bass pro conservationist reels).