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06-22-99, 03:02 PM
The drag on my reel broke on Saturday and I wanted to know what is a good inexpensive reel that will last more than two months without breaking? The one I have was made by Pflueger and was about 28$ at B@ss Pro
06-22-99, 05:56 PM
Pflueger is usually pretty reliable. Have a friend who lived in Alaska for a while who used a medalist for years on salmon. The thing looked like it had been run over by a truck but worked perfectly. BPS should take it back if it's only a couple of months old.
The Ole Man
06-22-99, 06:51 PM
I was up at the Bargain Barn in Jasper last week and they have a Cortland Vista Disc Drag reel that looks pretty good for $54. Comes in x-small, small, medium sizes-located on a shelf under the fly display. Some of the guys on here have bought Okuma also. Think they are about $40.
06-22-99, 07:23 PM
I am one of those who bought an Okuma. I like it a lot. It's smooth and not expensive at $40. Also have a couple of Orvis Rocky Mtns. Life time warrenty and disc drag for about $70.
There's got to be a reel repairman around. Check with the fly shops.
06-22-99, 10:29 PM
06-22-99, 10:31 PM
I've got three reels distributed by Elite. They are made in Korea, but are beautifully constructed. The two smaller ones are click-n-pawl drag and the larger, for my saltwater rig, is disc drag. Quite smooth! I like this one better than the Okuma's due to the fact that it also has a click. This prevents reverse overrun. Picky, picky, I know. I'd bought a Okuma, went home tried it, got a snarl winding up loose line and took it back. Great reel otherwise and at a great price.
On the day of the Fling, I went to Bazz Pro to replace a lost 5/6 wt reel with an Okuma. They were out of that size or anything close. But, for about $20 more, I bought an Orvis (I know, I know) with a lifetime guarantee. It's a disc drag, lightweight and for about $60, not badly priced. If you're buying new, I would look for the Okuma first, but consider the Orvis.
Looks like Owl and I are becoming part of the Orvis elite set.
Hey Loren sign me up, I like Orvis, just don't like to pay for it. I've looked at the Orvis rocky mountain which has the same drag system as the battenkill, which is a mighty fine reel if you ask me. At $65 not a bad deal at all. Okuma makes a great reel for the money 39.95 at the Fish Hawk, I wonder how it will hold up in the long run but, at $40 I'll just get a new one. I would however spend the extra $20 and get the Orvis, that will more than likely be my next reel. J. Byrd
06-23-99, 11:45 AM
Michael, first, if you cannot find anone in your area to fix it I'll take a look at it. I'm sure it could be fixed.
Second, you may have seen some posts where I make reference to a reel I fished with for years. I still have it and you are welcome to it. It was given to me when I was in a similar situation. I'm sure my friend would want me to p****it on.
Third, I probably could come up with one of my reels. It way have some minor cosmetic flaws but structurally it will be sound. You have to promise to fish it though. If this interests you we can work out the details later, right now let's get you back in the water.
If any of these ideas sound good give me a shout. Take care my friend.
06-23-99, 01:38 PM
Hi, Just to let you all know, www.discountflyfishing.com now has Okuma reels at $37.95
Fixing reels....duluth outdoors is the place ya' oughta be...can't remember the guys name, but he is always there. His son works at BPS, think his name is wayne...
bad with names
06-23-99, 06:56 PM
Bill Shramm owns and operates Duluth Outdoors and he is very skilled at rod and reel repair. I watched him wrap a rod one afternoon and he made it look easy.
His son Trevor works at BPS.
I highly recommend Bill.
06-23-99, 07:50 PM
To Michael--Try writing Pflueger on your broken reel. They usually will do something for you. I had a Berkeley fly reel(cheap) break once and sent to them asking for the part to fix it. They sent me the part AND a new reel--free!
Trailblazer is right, I wouldn't write that Pflueger off just yet.
Banker In Space
06-24-99, 09:57 PM
Maybe replace teh Pflueger and use the spool as a spare? Just a thought I have a Pflueger which I like My wife gave me a new reel for Father's Day, of which I will not mention the name, for fear of being branded and elite, Vermont Loving Snob! But it is named after a famous river!
06-25-99, 10:01 PM
UH......Is that new reel Beaver Kill or maybe the Hooch? Don't leave us in suspence man ! http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif
I know it's the Nine Mile Creek Special. http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif
Don't be embarrassed http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif The Battenkill is a nice reel. We're just jeleous. http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif
06-25-99, 10:12 PM
WDN types: "Don't leave us in suspence man ! "
He's prolly referring to the Zebco River in LA (Lower Alabama.) Thirty three miles long before it dumps into the Gulf...hence the name Zebco 33.
Banker In Space
06-26-99, 05:39 PM
Does the Snoopy reel count?
It means a lot to Snoopy.
Banker In Space
06-26-99, 09:41 PM
Good Point Wonder if my lad would like one?
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