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    Default Best Cheap Fly Reel

    Just wondering if you guys had an opinion on the best fly reel under $50. I am looking for a 7-9 wt reel strictly for the use of pond fishing for big bass. My favorites are the Okuma Integrity and Sierra, both of which (especially the Integrity) you can get very cheap on ebay. I also like the Ross Flycast and was thinking that the Flystart would be good. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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    try the new Ross flystart. I personally think that the drag is better than the drag on the more expensive flycast.

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    Default Cheap/Good Reels....

    I'm a little prejudiced here but, IMHO, the Pfueger series of reels are cheap and very good for pond fishing. They come in a wide variety of sizes and you can get one with an adjustable drag (if that's what you'd like). I've been using a pfleuger, model 1495 1/2, since around 1968 for Salmon/Steelhead and all of the warmwater species. Aside from some signs of wear, the reel still peforms.

    On the other hand, there's you a reel to fit anyones pocket book or imagined need. Go to it....
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    The new Ross "Flystart" is only $45.00 and is now our top selling low end fly reel.

    The last few years we sold tons of Orvis "Clearwater" reels for $39 but the Flystart just smoked it for 2007.

    Come in a take a look at them in 4 sizes.
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    Default Re: Cheap/Good Reels....

    Quote Originally Posted by Darian
    I'm a little prejudiced here but, IMHO, the Pfueger series of reels are cheap and very good for pond fishing. They come in a wide variety of sizes and you can get one with an adjustable drag (if that's what you'd like). I've been using a pfleuger, model 1495 1/2, since around 1968 for Salmon/Steelhead and all of the warmwater species. Aside from some signs of wear, the reel still peforms.

    On the other hand, there's you a reel to fit anyones pocket book or imagined need. Go to it....
    I've a 1495 that dates to the early 60's , given to me by Pat Sandlin .

    I wouldn't bother trying to count the fish it has taken down . You can find old ones on Ebay .

    You don't need anything else .

    David

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    I vote for the inexpensive Ross "flystart" reel. Ross is a great company.
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    I started selling the Pflueger 'Medalist' fly reels sense 1965 and I think they are a wonderful fly reel. I am very romantically attached to them myself.

    About 25 years ago I landed some of my first Tarpon in Venezuela on an old 1495 1/2.

    I also landed a bunch of Bonefish, Stripers, Shad and Steelhead on that reel.

    It is a really old one with 6 rivets on the spool, all metal parts and a round metal line guard.

    I would buy a used one on eBay that was made in the USA rather than a new one made in China or Taiwan.

    The best ones have 6 rivets on the spool rather than 3. That is an older generation.

    I use to carry special replacement drag disks and counter balances for Medalist when we really used them a lot up till about 10 years ago?

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    I think I'll cancel my post on selling my $100 Cabelas gift card and use it to buy a flystart and some line! Thanks for all of the input guys.

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    Default best cheap reel

    I've used a lot of inexpensive reels, mostly 'cause until recently that's all I could afford. Once the kids college education was paid for, I've moved up slightly. I think the Scientific Anglers Concept reels are excellent for the money, reasonably light, decent drag and high spool capacity. I've used the Medalists, and also the small Martins and they are also fine. The downfall of most inexpensive reels is line capacity. Few of them have large enough spools for backing and a 30m weight forward line.
    do it with a long rod and a gentle touch.

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    I am also a fan of Medalist reels. I have used them for years. I bought some extra spools from Cabela's. They were made in China and wouldn't fit my American made Medalists. After sending a couple back, I just decided to tweak them a little and they worked just fine.

    A couple years ago, in a fit of consumptive insanity, I bought an expensive reel from England. I don't remember the name, but I think it's machined from a single block of some space age alloy. I haven't used it yet. I get it out and look at it once in a while. It's really pretty.

    My very favorite reel is a Bronson Multi-Royal that I bought in 1954 for probably around $15. It was one of the few fly reels of that time that had a geared 2:1 retrieve. It's heavy compared to recent reels, but I love the sound it makes, and when I use it I am magically transported back 50 years to a time that is rapidly disappearing from my memory.

    I know this probably sounds like the ranting of a semi-senile old geezer, but catching fish was never the prime reason I fished. Fishing always put me in a different reality where I could experience my environment in a way I couldn't in my "normal life". Catching fish was just a bonus.

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