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Old 10-11-2000, 02:42 PM
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RE:Help me choose a reel...

Juro, the only writing on the Abel is on the drag screw.. very small, tasteful, etc. Don't forget the Tibor is not gold but more like a silver.
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Old 10-11-2000, 03:13 PM
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RE:Help me choose a reel...

Juro,

I believe that Van Stall omitts the logo brand name on the reel body if you spend the bucks with your name ingraved in it's place. You had better check though.

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Old 11-12-2000, 01:29 PM
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RE:Help me choose a reel...

Try the Teton and Tioga reels, They do not cost alot and are a great value, They have good drag systems too. My other choice would be an Orvis CFO disc, If it comes in a saze you like.
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Old 11-12-2000, 04:14 PM
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RE:Help me choose a reel...

Juro...Howdy pardner! I've used the Charlton 8550c and it's to die for but the second mortgage might mean more time at work and less time at the working end of a tight line...
I did happen to stumble onto some interesting classified ads on www.flyshop.com and noticed a few ported Abels and an interesting Bauer M7 with two extra spools (the price was quite reasonable).
I've got an M6 and like it's large diameter for a ripping retrieve, light weight, an overall quality...It's a keeper. I've never heard anyone say anything bad about Bauer and a few of my friends LOVE them...and it's Spey compatible!
But if you win the lottery and decide on wreckless abandon, go with Jack Charlton's 8550c...
When the airline industry lays off the engineers, fly fishing technology soars and we are confronted with SO MANY WONDERFUL CHOICES!
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Old 11-12-2000, 04:32 PM
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RE:Help me choose a reel...

pps
I've got a pal who has an almost new Billy Pate Tarpon for sale...For Juro, special good deal!...
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