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Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:33:12 PM »
Favorite Reel brand?

And If you will please tell us why you picked this brand as your Favorite.

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 08:41:10 PM »
Shimano Chronarchs, quality and easy to get parts for. Did I say quality? Definitely quality. Smoothness and casting distance is great as well, but that is probably due to what you have done to them.

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 08:48:39 PM »
Shimano, by far. I especially like the now defunct Curado 200 E7. I think Shimano did the fishing community a huge disservice by scrapping that model.

I have 3 or 4 of them and won't part with them for anything.

They are smooth and durable, and were probably one of the best reels for the $179 price tag.

My only gripe with them is that I tend to have trouble with them if I am fishing in very heavy rain. I will undoubtedly have trouble with at least one of them backlashing on me when they get really wet  (hmm)

They end up looking something like this:



That pic was taken after a major professional overrun during a club tourney. This reel got wet as I was driving to the lake and we had a deluge.

Needless to say, this reel was out of commission for the day  (ol)

On the brighter side, I went on to recover from that and a broken reel seat in one of my rods, to take second place in the tourney  :)

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2015, 09:13:34 PM »
Shimano, by far. I especially like the now defunct Curado 200 E7.

I search the webz every week or so for them. I bought two of them brand NIB for 140each the other day. I now have 14 of them with 5 spares(3-E7's and 2-E5's)  ;)

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2015, 09:27:50 PM »
I might be begging you for one or two of them this summer  (giggle)

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2015, 10:07:50 PM »
Sadly I bought two of the Shimano E's only to have them stolen out of my garage.  I have more luck with Shimano than any other.  Over several decades I have used ABU, Shimano, Lews, Ardent, and Diawa, and of course Zebco.  I have to say right now Lews is giving Shimano a run for my money as I start replacing some old 1990's  Shimano Curado B's.   @Jimmy RodandReel  has kept those old reels not he water a very long time.  A couple of them will need gear sets next cleaning.  I'll likely change out those and the Ardents next time they go down.   

I may try the Diawa Tatula???? All depends on how often my reel guy tells me he see's them for repair.   

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2015, 08:09:12 AM »
I use Shimano. I've got 3 or 4 Chronarch 50 MG , 5 Curado 100 D, and a couple Citicas. Good reels. I use this brand because I like the overall styling and feel. They have been very dependable and of course light weigh is also a factor.

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2015, 08:19:22 AM »
I used to be a Diawa fan 'till they started giving me trouble.  I switched to Shimano and haven't looked back.  I don't own any other brand.
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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2015, 08:46:32 AM »
   I may try the Diawa Tatula???? All depends on how often my reel guy tells me he see's them for repair.   

Please don't!   Stick with the lews or shimano. PLEASE!  (yes) (yes) (yes)

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2015, 09:53:47 AM »
   I may try the Diawa Tatula???? All depends on how often my reel guy tells me he see's them for repair.   

Please don't!   Stick with the lews or shimano. PLEASE!  (yes) (yes) (yes)

Straight from the mouth of someone who knows... No Daiwa reels  (nope)

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2015, 09:55:52 AM »

My only gripe with them is that I tend to have trouble with them if I am fishing in very heavy rain. I will undoubtedly have trouble with at least one of them backlashing on me when they get really wet  (hmm)

They end up looking something like this:



That pic was taken after a major professional overrun during a club tourney. This reel got wet as I was driving to the lake and we had a deluge.

Needless to say, this reel was out of commission for the day  (ol)


@Jimmy RodandReel Any ideas as to why these reels do this? And any feedback on how to keep them from doing this in the future, other than the obvious answer of not having them out in heavy rain??

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2015, 06:24:34 PM »
Pop a couple of spool brakes and tighten up your spool tension when it rains.   Your line must be absorbing water way down in the spool in the rain for extended periods?  I doubt it has anything to do with the reel itself if it corrects when it dries out. 

I'll actually give my reels a good pop to get some of the excess water out of them when fishing in rain like that by popping the butt of the rod on the deck from time too time. 

If you don't already cast with the handles up, make sure you do that in those conditions.  I keep my spool tension backed off so far it's been known to cause excess wear.  When it gets like that you have to crank them down. 

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2015, 06:33:07 PM »
Pop a couple of spool brakes and tighten up your spool tension when it rains.   Your line must be absorbing water way down in the spool in the rain for extended periods?  I doubt it has anything to do with the reel itself if it corrects when it dries out. 

I'll actually give my reels a good pop to get some of the excess water out of them when fishing in rain like that by popping the butt of the rod on the deck from time too time. 

If you don't already cast with the handles up, make sure you do that in those conditions.  I keep my spool tension backed off so far it's been known to cause excess wear.  When it gets like that you have to crank them down. 

Thanks for the tips. It's weird because it's only the Shimano reels that do this to me. I actually run my spool tension backed off all the way too, just like you. What's weird is that if I pop two spool brakes out, then the reel casts like crap. Definitely takes some serious tweaking in heavy rain  :-\

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2015, 08:02:49 PM »
n2ratfishing said it very well.  (y) 
The only thing I would add to this.....Is to have the bearings /reel cleaned.  The water in the reel makes the grease in the bearings looser and the water acts like a temporary lube on the brakes that cause's the problem your having now.

Side note:
 I also believe the extra weight of the water in the line/spool will cause a spool imbalance that will cause backlashes.

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Re: Reels.....Favorite reel brand?
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2015, 09:45:08 PM »
n2ratfishing said it very well.  (y) 
The only thing I would add to this.....Is to have the bearings /reel cleaned.  The water in the reel makes the grease in the bearings looser and the water acts like a temporary lube on the brakes that cause's the problem your having now.

Side note:
 I also believe the extra weight of the water in the line/spool will cause a spool imbalance that will cause backlashes.

Thanks @Jimmy RodandReel  (y)

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