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1copper 06-07-2005 10:54 AM

Best inexpensive reel
I'm looking for a reel for my 5wt rod. Can anyone tell me or have an opinion as to what you think the best most inexpensive machined fly reel there is?


FLGator 06-07-2005 11:48 AM

If you want a great value I'd look no further than the TFO series of reels. I had an opportunity to try out the TFO 425 and I was really, really impressed with the reel. Plus, you are backed by a company with a great reputation for taking care of their customers.

chromer 06-07-2005 01:31 PM

Danielsson by far.

1copper 06-08-2005 11:25 AM

I'm sorry but what does TFO stand for?

1copper 06-08-2005 11:25 AM

any particular model for a 5wt rod.?

1copper 06-08-2005 11:35 AM

Sorry I guess I should have underlined inexpensive. From what I've pulled up TFO and Danielsson are very expensive. I'm looking in the less than 150 dollar range.

Anyone have experience with the SA System 2L? Isn't that a machined reel?

solitude 06-08-2005 11:37 AM

TFO = Temple Fork Outfitters

nickcsus 06-08-2005 11:55 AM

You can certainly find a Lamson Radius for that price range or, perhaps even better, a Teton Tioga. The Tioga Teton is a terrific reel with great guts. I have landed a nine pound steelhead on a five wt. with a Teton 6 and it performed like a champ. Remember that for a whole lot of trout fishing, unless you are going for bigger fish in larger rivers, you may rarely actually use the drag. I find that I am often fighting fish just by managing line and never actually getting the fish on the reel.

Nick in CA

1copper 06-08-2005 12:36 PM

thx Nick.

Have you heard anything about the SA system 2LA?

Count 06-08-2005 12:50 PM

Ross Cimarron...American made, machined, smooth reels that are bulletproof. They're proven over the long haul and you can't beat Ross serivce.

FLGator 06-08-2005 12:54 PM

Temple Forks Outfitters MK I would be my recommendation. It has a disc drag system, machined, saltwater safe, holds 140 yds of 20# backing with a WF5F AND fits your budget at $149.95. Again, TFO has a great reputation for making great products and taking care of their customers.

Based on my personal experience with several of the high end (Abel, Loop, Daniellson) and value (SA System II) priced reels I really like what I see in the TFO reels. I sincerely think you'll be pleased and recommend you try to compare one side by side with anything else in this price range. Don't think you'll find a better value for such a quality product.


chainsaw 06-10-2005 09:36 AM

For an inexpensive reel, check out the Bass Pro Shop " Hobbs Creek" reels. Great reels and they sell for around 40.00. I have 2 and they are great reels and I have never had a problem with them. Also, stay away from Okuma, have two of the Intergrity reels and they are nothing but trouble.

1copper 06-10-2005 11:11 AM

I take it that the Hobbs Creek is cast aluminum? I/m looking for a machined reel within my price range. What do you think about the SA SYstem 2 LA?

FLGator 06-10-2005 12:40 PM

The System II is a very capable reel. I have a System II 10/11 and have fished it for twelve years without a problem.

I'd still look at the TFO :wink: ...


MJC 06-11-2005 11:48 AM

Hey Chainsaw...

Also, stay away from Okuma, have two of the Intergrity reels and they are nothing but trouble.
Would you elaborate on the above please.


You will find great value in the system 2 reels

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