Anglish spoken here
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Swedish Norwegian
Hello.. Maybe the TS would like to have some more, detailed information about the mentioned reels. I´ve posted about this some years ago, but here we go. The Zenith is a small/medium salmon reel. It has the stronger check work, as Marquis salmon etc, and weighs also more, stronger built. Fitted with a Rage 540 grain head, it weighs 8,3 oz. The St. Aidan is a large trout reel, smaller check work, same as the other Lightweight trout reels. With a Rage 480 head, it weighs 7,7 oz. Not much difference in weight, but maybe it matters to the TS. The Marquis #10, which is a fine, slightly overseen reel, is something of an anomaly. Less capacity, less weight at 7,5 oz with a 400 grain Skagit head, but has the stronger check, and exposed rim! And the small handle as on trout reels. The handle is sooomewhaaaat obstructed by the rim, which could cause bad language if used with gloves in the cold. I don´t have a Marquis 8/9 to compare with, I´m afraid.
If you easily get bitten by the collecting bug, avoid the Zenith. A multitude of different versions out there. The St. Aidan, only two. Singlescrew or doublescrew line guards. OK, the doublescrew guard can be found stamped with patent number, or not. Make it three then.... Yours borano20