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I am in the process of deciding...

Loop 11fourteen HD
Old Florida Nataulis 12S
Tibor Gulfstream
Abel 4.5N
Bauer MX6
Teton 12

Money is an object but, I'd rather wait and save, have the best, and fish with confidence. Opinions?
 

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Howdy FLGator,

I think all the reels you listed are very good, however I'm voting for the Teton #12 LA. Hell you'll have enough to buy two. I still think you should include the Waterworks/Lamson reels in your list. Take care, MJC
 

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How I would rate 'em...

1.Loop 11-14 (Finest flyreel made!)
2. Abel 4.5 (I own one...great reel!)
3. Tiber Gulfstream
4. OF Nautalis (a sleeper)
5. Bauer MX6 (I would be weary about putting this reel into double duty-offshore etc.)
6. Teton (Too light!...and see note next to number 5)
 

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Ryan did you get to fish a Nautilus on xmas island?

Currently flipping the coin between the 14S Nautilus (as soon as it is released) or the loop 11/14 for a big spey/bluewater reel.

Should I just get em both:devil:

-sean
 

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Sorry Sean but they did not as they never made it into the rotation.

I had one rigged with a #10 but given I fished the Atlantis the whole time, I never had use for it and had the other rigged with a backup #8 line but never got around to fishing that either.

Dennis fished them down there though and really enjoyed them plus he caught plenty of quality fish on 'em.
 

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sean said:
Ryan did you get to fish a Nautilus on xmas island?

Currently flipping the coin between the 14S Nautilus (as soon as it is released) or the loop 11/14 for a big spey/bluewater reel.

Should I just get em both:devil:

-sean
Hey sean, I'd wait a little bit on the Nautilus. The "floating cork disc" concerns me no end. Cork compresses and retains it shape well, but the idea of a free floating disc of cork undergoing both lateral and rotational compression simultaneously? Well, lets just let someone else determine the long term effects of that one!

P.S. you can get the big loop from overseas downundery for about $150 off... The warranty will not be in play in the U.S., but hey, everyone here says they are the best and you'll never need the warranty anyway!:hehe:
 

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I'm agreeing with Sparky - the Loop is awesome.
 
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Sparky's list is in exactly the same order I'd list them. I also agree with the comments regarding double-duty. If you buy the Teton, I'd recommend the standard arbor version. With the same spool diameter, there seems to be little reason to go with a LA configuration since with speyfishing capacity is always such an issue.
 

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Nautilus - Free Floating Drag

Dear Philster:

The free floating drag is captured between the 2 surfaces it applies drag against. Free floating means it is not glued to any surface. There is no lateral pressure applied since the cork disc fills the space that is machined for it. The cork receives pressures in exactly the same way any cork disc draw bar type reel does.

The free floating drag that we has been tested/used for more than 3 years now, and our pro staffers have yet to have a drag fail.

Feel free to call us at 888-397-7335 if you have any questions,

Best Regards,

Kristen Mustad
Old Florida Fly Reels
 

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In a standard draw bar environment, the cork is fixed in place by being glued to a metal plate, while another plate (the spool face usually) spins against it. The plate it is glued to helps reinforce the cork and helps the cork retain its shape, and keeps it from tearing. As I'm sure you know far better than I, cork is amazingly resilient, yet fragile in the thicknesses we're talking about.

I look forward to seeing how the nautilus holds up over a couple of years on the market. Believe me, I hope it works. I'm just not ready to personally trust it. But hey, I'm not your market demographic. I stick to my standard arbor, undrilled, Billy Pates and my Abels, though I did take a flyer and buy a Tibor after they proved themselves for a couple years :chuckle:
 
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Floating cork drawbar disc drags are nothing new. Cliff Herron used them in his high-end reels which were introduced in the late '80s. I've caught lots of powerful and long running saltwater fish on a Herron and have yet to have any trouble with the cork disc. Therefore, I think the long term durability of this system has already been demonstrated. I can think of no disadvantages to this sytem. It's just a different approach.
 

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Thanks for all of the input. I want to make certain that I make the best decision possible before laying out the cash!
 
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