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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 04:14 PM
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Hmmm.. definitely some subjective opinion liberally applied here (smiling)

I've fished (and fish) a pretty diverse selection of trout reels. All I can say to "the reel is just a line holder" crew is your fishing different water/s than I frequent. I put every decent fish hooked on the reel and (in my opinion) it has saved me trouble far more than ever causing it. If your versed with the practice there's nothing to it.. but benefit. I've played decent (but not "good") fish by hand, ie attempting to apply drag to fast outgoing line, and more often than not the result was predictable.. the rod soon began bucking heavily. To much friction.. hot/humid air temps combined with fast moving line on skin not very conducive. I agree that fingers are sensitive.. but best applied to spool rims (my own bit of subjectivity)

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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 05:45 PM
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Favoritet trout reel

Abel TR 1, hands down. My trout spey reel is a Hardy St George but I have yet to fish with it

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I have a tibor on a 3wt and very little sense.
and I never looked after it. not once... it is bashed to buggery.

I've often said fly fishing is the only sport one can buy their way into.



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You might look at a Danielsson FW4seven.. Best value for mid budget.. Especially after Danielsson decided to sell online directly from factory prices are unbeatable...
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My favourite trout reels are just about anything made by Hardy with the preference leaning to the St. George, St. John and Perfect models.
From top to bottom: 3 3/4" shallow drum St. George, Pre WWII St. John, 3 7/8" leaded Perfect and a Zenith Multiplier.
I still have the top 2 but the others have new homes.
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