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Old 01-19-2004, 07:39 AM
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Question Value Reel Part 2 - Okuma

The other thread kind of got past the $$ level of what I would consider value.

My neighbor bought an Okuma Integrity & sprare spool for under $120 at the show this weekend. As far as using it for stripers, blues & albies it appears to be more than adequate - it appears to be a similar to the SA2 in it's design.

Anyone have any experience/ feedback with these fly reels specifically?

Between the TFO rods & these reels - I think high quality "beginner" outfits just came down in price $200 -$300.


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Old 01-28-2004, 04:19 PM
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I've got one for an 8/9 line, but I haven't used it enough to suggest that it's a quality item. However, initial appraisal looks pretty good: the drag is smooth, fit and finish are good, and the reputation this reel has in the Northwest is pretty high. The only caveat is that the finish is not anodized, I've heard, although it's hard to tell by looking at it. I've heard of people chipping the finish.

Tomorrow, I might have more info-- assuming I can hook something...

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Old 01-29-2004, 09:49 AM
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Okuma Integrity

I think they are a good reel for the money. I've sold several of the 10/11 size with no complaints. As Keith says they do scatch easily. I saw one on a spey rod last Fall that looked like it had been to Bagdad and back, but the owner was quite happy with it. He told me he had caught several NW steelhead and some Alaska salmon with that reel.
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Old 01-31-2004, 01:24 PM
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'Fish Alaska' magazine has given the Okuma Integrity 10/11 reel their best value award. They really liked the patent pending one-way disc drag system. I've never seen one myself but I wonder how good it can be for $74?
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The first time I picked one of these reels up it was at a fishing tackle show in Las Vegas two years ago. I was amazed at the one-way bearing, specifically the smoothness with which the reel rotates in the direction of the in-coming line; you can give the handle a quick spin and the spool rotates freely for quite some time due to the bearing and very low resistance. I bought one a few weeks later and loved the smoothness (this was the model smaller than the 10/11). The only apparent drawback to the reel at the time was the weight of it; it seemed a tad heavy for my 9-wt. My first chance to use it came in Great Bay (between Tuckerton and LBI) targeting blues and weakies. The largest fish hooked that day was a weakfish that appeared to be in the 30" range, released at the side of the boat before it could be grabbed. Several blues in the 20-24" range were landed. The thing that I didn't like about the reel was the grainy feel of the retrieve I noticed before we headed in for the day. I cleaned the reel up though it had stayed out of the water all day and there were no signs of saltwater anywhere inside, and still the retrieve seemed to be a bit reserved (the spool would no longer "free-spool" as smoothly). I ended up getting rid of the reel on ebay and went on to a Litespeed. Apparently my experience with the reel was atypical of the performance others have experienced; be that as it may, I'm interested to see what owners of these reels will have to say after a few years of service have passed. If you're looking for a decent reel for under $100 and don't expect many years of service, than the Okumas might be just what you're looking for. The relatively high weight of the reels would do well to balance two-handed rods, I suppose. I'm sticking with my Litespeeds, though...
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