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: Tibor Back Country Wide?

03-17-2002, 02:09 PM
I was looking into the Ross Canyon BG.
But now, the "Tibor Back Country Wide" has been recommended a couple of times.
My questions are:
Do you think it will balance nicely with a 10 foot, 8 weight, Sage XP?
The specifications on this reel says it can hold 225 yards of WF8F line. It said this exactly, but does it mean 225 yards of backing, PLUS a weight forward floating fly line?
How would you compare the Tibor Back Country Wide to the Ross Canyon BG? Is the Tibor just as nice or better?
Is the reel itself nice?
It looks like a nice reel!

Thank You Very Much!!!...

03-17-2002, 06:02 PM
Both are great reels, many here are happy with the Canyon and the new back country wide is making a serious play for that price / performance niche @ $335

What are you going to use it for?

03-17-2002, 08:19 PM
I'd use it for steelhead and salmon...

03-17-2002, 09:55 PM
The Tibor does come in a variety of colors including black, and it's a damn good price considering - but IMHO if you do any spool swapping like many of the northeastern striper gang or if you want to double up the reel for use in ocean coho situations as well as river steelhead you are better off with the Ross w/ extra spool.

If you plan to rig it up with a hybrid tip line system and use only one flyline with tips, the Tibor is a steal at $335. Of course I am judging on past reputation - I have not fished it to say firsthand.

You have my curiosity up though, I'll have to take a hard look at them next chance I get.

03-17-2002, 10:52 PM
The Tibor Lights are absolutely beautiful reels. One of these days I am going to drop the coin on the Spring Creek to put on a 490 SP that is still reelless.

The features that make the Tibor Light such amazing trout reels i.e. weight (lackthereof), smooth & light drag system do not necassarily make them amazing salmon/steelhead reels.

The drag system on the Tibor Light's are specifically designed for use with light tippets as you can set the drag to the lightest of pressures and spool will not overrun when you get a fish that takes off.

The Canyon's on the other hand are a work horse. They are bullet-proof and come with a full 360 degree synthetic drag (180 degree cork that is applied vertically rather then horizontally on the Tibor Light) that has very low startup even when it is set at high pressures.

The drag adjustment is also much more accesible on the Canyon where as on the Tibor Light it is much smaller and is modeled after the drag screws on the old Hardys.

For trout, I would take the Tibor Light anyday but for the use and abuse (if you are hard on your equipment) it is going to have to sustain, I would choose the Canyon.

03-22-2002, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the help!
What would you say about the Billy Pate Fly Reel, or the Penn International Fly Reel. They both look very nice, but is one better than the other? What DO and DON'T you like about these reels?
Thanks for all the help!

03-22-2002, 10:10 PM
I think you are looking for a steelhead rig.The Pate and Penn are fine reels, but both are a pain to change spools. I don't know how you fish, but I would want to have a spool set up for shooting heads, and another with a steelhead taper floating line. Now, if you got both the Pate and the Penn, you wouldn't have any problems, and if you only fish a floating line(lucky you), either of those will work. But if you are fishing different lines, stick with the Ross, Tibor Light, Sage, Loop, Orvis Vortex/Battenkill or any of the other reels that have easy to change spools(ie.no loose parts).
The Pate is proven bomb proof and smooth. Would double as a hammer in a pinch.
The Penns haven't really caught on. Probably because most flyshops don't carry Penn products. I hear they are considered the ultimate mooching reels in the Pacific NW. I think that's a good thing?

03-28-2002, 08:58 PM
I have the Tibor Lite Backcountry on my 6 wt rod. I haven't had it very long and am anxious to try the drag system out on a reel-screaming bonefish!
I do wish that the drag was a little easier to adjust. It seems very sensitive.
I like the reel but if I had to do it all over again, I think I'd spend a little more and get the Tibor Freestone.