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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-21-2001, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Any of you folks out there have experience with the Redington AL Series fly reel as a spey reel.  I'd appreciate any comments on it's quality, reliability and value.
 
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Nooksack MacDate: 12/21/2001 9:44 PM
  No experience with the large-arbor AL series, but I have a standard-arbor AS 13/14.  At a reasonable 10 ounces, it has the capacity of a steamer trunk, holding a 120-foot DT12F and ample backing.  It's well finished (if you like glossy black) and the spool fits the frame without slop.  The drag seems to have a more than adequate range.  No combat experience yet, but it seems to be an entirely respectable reel at a price that makes one wonder if Abel is a subsidiary of Enron.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've got one, but I haven't used it yet. There are a lot of comments on them on Juro's site (flyfishingforum.com). Check it out.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: AndyDate: 12/22/2001 1:15 AM
Thx Eugene & Mac for the quick feedback.
 
Having perused flyfishingforum.com & flyfishingreview.com I noticed lots of good points being made for the Redington on price/value, finish and customer service.  At around 10oz it'll provide good balance for 15' rods at a good price for a machined reel.
 
However there are quite a few reports also on the synthetic drag "sticking" or "disintegrating".  I wonder if anyone know of any remedial engineering or design changes being made by Redington to correct this?
 
Best of the season to you all!
 
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