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Old 03-12-2001, 10:31 PM
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Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

OK I bought a 4wt. trout rod at the show. So now I'm looking for a nice little reel to compliment the rod.

I don't need to spend the bucks on a bar stock reel but would like one with a drag and that is lightweight. Probably a composite?

All suggestions, recommendations and flames welcomed. TIA.
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Old 03-12-2001, 11:45 PM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

Sully -

I know you said drag but I thought I would offer my perspective anyway. For a 4wt trout rod you can get a lot more reel for the $$ without the drag sometimes, a favorite of mine being the Ross Colorado. It has the traditional click pawl drag on a bar stock palmable spool with a real nice satin anodized finish and lifetime warranty for $100. Extremely light and something that will last generations for a reasonable price. Click on the ad for specs on the reel.

I'm not sure if the new advertising has been finished yet up on the site but Jim Murphy was showing his new line of Redington reels most w/ drags at the show. Unbelievable prices and as you know his warranties are the best. He had them in down to one-weight sizes too. Well under $100.

The Lamson LP 1, 1.5 are great machined w/ disc drag 4wt reels but well over $100.

The Okuma's are very inexpensive but I wouldn't call them light. The drag is very strong. The cost is unbelievably affordable probably because it's cast metal.

The Cortland graphites and the old SA1 reels are very light and affordable although click pawl drags.

I was looking for a good trout reel the year Lamson was being bought out. Kittery thought the line was dead so was dumping LP's at 50% off retail. I picked up a LP2 and spool for half price, then Waterworks bought them and the price went back up to full. For once, I got lucky in the spending department!

A while back someone posted a Cabelas reel that wes pretty unbelieveable for the money, but it was not a 4wt reel as I recall.

It might do you good to take a ride down to see Rich Soriano in Marlboro with his business card.

Good luck, guess I wasn't much help.
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Old 03-13-2001, 03:09 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

HI Sully,
I use a Lamson LP 1.5L 3.5 oz .It is a click and pawl drag.I have caught large fish with this reel.Disc drags add weight,and are overkill for trout[in my opinion]
Bean sells a click drag reel for 35 dollars3.3 oz.Orvis clear water 4.4 0z about the same.Hardy featherweight 135 dollars 3.5 oz etc.I would opt for the lightest reel you can find in your price range.
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Old 03-13-2001, 04:22 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

I own a Lampson and like it a lot. The problems with reels today is which one will survive the market place . I heard unoffically that Ross reels were bought out by someone big. Stick with the companies that have been around for some time. Tioga is another reel that is great for the money.
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Old 03-13-2001, 07:57 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

I have always used the small Orvis Batenkills--fairly cheap, spring and pawl or disc drag, and good warranty. Be very cautious of some of the cheaper Cabelas reels--while their rods are nice, my buddy bought a 4 wt. combo outfit to take salmon/trout fishing with us last spring and the reel literally fell apart the first day. Total piece of junk.
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Old 03-13-2001, 08:10 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

For the last 3 years or so I have been using the Cabela's disc drag graphite reel - 789d. It's a bit big for my 4 weight but I'm cheap and I wanted to use it on my 7 weight as well. I have been very happy with it, had no problems, it's pretty light at 5.3 oz, and at 35 bucks it's hard to beat.
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Old 03-13-2001, 08:20 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

Hey Sully,

Finn Nor makes a nice little 4 wt. for about $669.00 that should be the one for you .
Actually as I searched for a reel, before and during the show, to outfit my DS-2 with (ok everyone else, I scooped a Teton Tioga) I noticed the teirs to by like this:

$35 - el junko
$50- not bad, might last might not
$80- NOTHING HERE???
$120- Big leap to this level ??? Decent reels as we all know.

Ill bet there are some good $50 reels but you got to find out which one last and which don't. OF course the good news is, NO SALT!

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Old 03-13-2001, 08:23 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

I guess this is where I show that I like cheap tackle. What I bought this year for a four weight is the Cortland mosquito. It's a cast metal reel, with a two pawls for the clicker (only 1 is needed) and a rim for applying drag, but it is a touch heavy at 4.8 oz. List price was ~ $24 but I found it at $6 on closeout @ Walmart.

I have one of the Cortland ltd graphite reels & they are a nice light reel with a disc drag. Durable too, mines taken a couple of falls off the the roof of the car without damage. The small one would be a nice reel for a trout rig. I was considering it until I ran into the deal on the mosquito.
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Old 03-13-2001, 08:25 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

FYI Just looked in the Orvis catalog:

"Rocky Mt. Disc"-- $69, extra spool $15
"Clearwater" - $28 extra spool $15.50

Also just remembered you're not an Orvis fan doh.
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

FYI - the Redington reels I mentioned earlier are in the $80 tier. You get a LOT for your money and some models have disc drags too. Worth looking into.
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Old 03-13-2001, 10:30 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

Hmm I didn't notice any Redingtons in that price range. Ok found something at:

<a href="http://www.redington.com/newreelpage.html" target="_blank"><!--auto-->http://www.redington.com/newreelpage.html</a><!--auto-->

The Red Start is a disc drag for $55.00
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Old 03-13-2001, 10:43 AM
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

Thanks Terry, that confirms it - the new reels are not up there yet. See - I'm not the only slowpoke on the web

Jim's a great guy, I would encourage dropping him an email to ask about them.
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

Heres an article with a different viewpoint on this topic. http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/readerscast/
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

Juro,

What's the deal on the Reddington reel?
"I'm not sure if the new advertising has been finished yet up on the site but Jim Murphy was showing his new
line of Redington reels most w/ drags at the show. Unbelievable prices and as you know his warranties are the
best. He had them in down to one-weight sizes too. Well under $100."

Did you just see them at the show or do dealers have them.
I don't have Jim's email address do you? TIA
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RE:Cheap light weight FW reel suggestions.

Sully, the Cortland LTD's are disk drag,not click and pawl, and very smooth. they run under $100.00 for the bigger ones. Tom D
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