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Most of my non-classical reels are currently Ross, but I find that they do not hold up to abusive trips to Bolivia, India, Mongolia, etc. Bent reel feet, bent spools, sand inside, etc.

What would your recommendations be for bomb-proof reels? (Single hand line weights 9 / 11 / 13) Since these go on single-hand rods, ideally they should be not too heavy.

Nautilus? Hatch? Mako?

Ps: Given the number of reels I've ruined, I'd be happy to pay a premium for a reel that will survive such treatment.
 

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Mako, Loop, Able, Tibor. In that order, never had a problem with Ross, what reels where you using?
 

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I like Danielsson brake models which have stefa-style sealing. Their brake power can be increased easily installing washer spring if needed. Capacity/weight ratios and value for money are very good and what is excellent they have designed reels so good that they do not need to change them too often so getting spare parts and spools many years later is possible. I often use thin mono shooting line so I also like full cage and that the spool does not have mechanics and I can treat the mono fast putting it to hot water before fishing.

Only think they lack is "bomb proof" but they should be not much weaker than other light weight reels are. I have used Loop/Danielsson almost 30 years without any breaks.

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tibor if you're after kicking **** out of them.
mine looks like it's been in a car accident. bit like me.

cheers,
shawn

ps. my hatch seized believe it or not. six ways from sunday.
salt/brackish water in its defence.
 

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I would also include Danielsson in the list. Earlier generation Abels and Tibors. In the race to light, there are some cutouts that reduce race and possibly reduce strength under heavy mechanical stress.
 

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I like Danielsson brake models which have stefa-style sealing. Their brake power can be increased easily installing washer spring if needed. Capacity/weight ratios and value for money are very good and what is excellent they have designed reels so good that they do not need to change them too often so getting spare parts and spools many years later is possible. I often use thin mono shooting line so I also like full cage and that the spool does not have mechanics and I can treat the mono fast putting it to hot water before fishing.

Only think they lack is "bomb proof" but they should be not much weaker than other light weight reels are. I have used Loop/Danielsson almost 30 years without any breaks.

Esa

Right now Danielsson ( all reels are design and made in Sweden by Danilesson ) makes L5W and H5D reel, and the later is bomb proof, all seal drag system. Currently they used multi-disk drag system. At level 4-5 ( factory drag set-up) the stopping power is more then sufficient to go after a very large Tarpon or Tuna. No need to worry about salt water. The reels are proven for near 20 years !!!!!!! When fishing fresh water you can adjust drag to level 2 or 3 to reduced max. drag tension.

https://danielsson-flyreels.se/en/

You can also get anti-reverse.

The reel will be deliver to you by Swedish Postal for $ 250 to 350 depending on reel. It is direct sale and outside EU you do not pay about 20% VAT.

These reel when distributed/marketed prior to 2004 by Loop cost $ 700-800
 

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Danielsons are great reels with a super drag but they are not bomb proof when it goes to abuse. Don’t get me wrong, I like them and have owned six over the years but would not want to drop them on the rocks or bang them around in the boat.

I’m somewhat at a loss as to how your reels are getting the damage you describe. Sand I get but if you are bending reel feet, you might need to treat your gear better.

If you do want to get as close as you can to bomb proof, the Tibor and the Mako would fit the bill. It would be sad to see a Mako abused though. The Mark IV Saracione would also be an option as they are super solid.
 

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I’m somewhat at a loss as to how your reels are getting the damage you describe. Sand I get but if you are bending reel feet, you might need to treat your gear better.
I wonder that myself, and it tends to happen only on certain trips. I blame bumpy boats...
 

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Just got back from Big tarpon fishing in Keys and son and I leadered 10 to 130# and jumped another 10 on Tibor Signatures 11/12. Our guide is a tournament Tarpon and Permit guide and Tibor used mostly by clients with Nautilus and Mako next. Have been using Signature since came out replacing Tibor Gulfstream. If you are going IGFA for a record and got the bucks go Mako. Never had a problem with Tibor last 10 year or so.
 

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The Nautilus NV-G reels have amazing brakes. Incredibly sensitive with low startup inertia, they can deal with pretty much anything you throw at them (anything that can be caught on a fly reel that is). But… they are super machined to lower their weight. If you treat your gear right(stowing accordingly in a boat), they will be fine. I you bang them around from lack of consideration…. Good luck… And good luck with any reel like that. Just my 0,02$!
 

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Just to clarify, the focus of my question is not the drag, but a solid/robust reel. (Of course, the drag should be sealed.. but I would even be fine with a G&P ;) )

E.g. the new Abel reels don't even have solid reel feet in an attempt to reduce weight. One little drop of the reel, or bad handling of luggage during transit, and you have a bent reel foot.
 

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This Loop CLWC 5eight (composite light weight clear) I had to buy just because it looks so cute :x I have used it for up to WF9 lines and it has worked fine. It is unbelievable light only 124g (4.35oz) for its capacity.

Later I bought plain CLW which is black and it I have used more and it has got hits which some might have made an aluminium reel to a fixed spool :grin2: I have fished saltwater and its brake is still fine but its spool removal knob does not turn anymore. Spool is mounted like current Danielsson (which originally was used in Loop which were Dani made).

Current Loop Xact is said to be improved and obviously they are even stronger because their weights are heavier. 5-8 weights 167g (5.89oz) and 8-12 weights 191g (6.74oz). List prices seem reasonable $132 and $145. Based to my CLW use I honestly can recommend Xact reels!

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I understand. But often, the high end SH reels are built for 1- quality drag, and 2- light weight. And light weight often comes with, heavy machining of the reel, and more susceptible to impact damage. Maybe a more 'middle' of the line up reel would provide more shock/ abuse protection? I would tend to eliminate the Nautilus line then. Even their lower end offerings are very light weight.

Good luck with your search!

Just to clarify, the focus of my question is not the drag, but a solid/robust reel. (Of course, the drag should be sealed.. but I would even be fine with a G&P ;) )

E.g. the new Abel reels don't even have solid reel feet in an attempt to reduce weight. One little drop of the reel, or bad handling of luggage during transit, and you have a bent reel foot.
 

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Danielsson Are robust and relatively inexpensive if you direct order. I beat on mine fishing for steelhead and permit......yes a glutton for punishment I am😉
Michael
 
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