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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Full Cage Reels

If I'm not using mono running line, is there any advantage to a full cage reel? Do you really need the extra strength etc?

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I haven't used any high dollar uncaged reels, but with the cheaper ones I have used, some coated running/fly lines got stuck between the spool and frame. In one case the coating on my new line was cut. It didn't happen often, but enough for me to stop using them altogether. I saw one person that put a dab of Loon Knot Sense on the points of the reel frame where it was closest to the spool rim.
Supposedly it helped keeping lines from getting caught in there.
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Hi Leo how is the weather out in the Maritimes?

I've used many of each style reel and although I am not an expert on such things I say this without reserve; I believe that a full cage reel having good tight machined tolerances and a palming rim is the most fool proof design available.
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Also; Strength and weight usually come together, like in a Hardy Bros. reel for example.
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Charlton/Mako reels are not full cage and are the most praised sought saltwater reel made, also Able and Tibor. All of them are not full cage, but there are reels that will warp under stress. I think one can machine shiner lighter going with a full cage. But I've never had an issue with running line accept when I use Mono, and I don't use it so its moot.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2019, 07:24 AM
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I use Mono and coated runninglines, depending on fishing needs and approach.
From a technical standpoint additional strength, longevity and the opportunity for closer tolerances in production are always advantages of a full cage reel. No matter which sort of runningline is used.
There may be reels with less weight, but for speyrods itís not an issue. If so, itís a problem in the troutspey spectrum with stupid downlocking reel holders.

For SH rods I used different open cage reels and came away from them. But they all were not in the high end spectrum.
After that I never used anything else for DH rods as full cage reels. Even with those I made bad experiences with some manufacturers because of issues with runninglines caught between cage and spool.

In the end I would say, itís not only a question of the construction principle, itís also to a big part the quality in production.

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