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A good spinning reel for under $200

by , Posted to on 03/20/2012 11:50 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/09/2006
Location: ND
Just ordered a Fenwich Elite Tech walleye 6'3" medium, that i will be using for jigging, lindy rigging, occasional smallmouth fishing.  Looking for a good reel under $200 to put on it. Ive always been a shimano guy, I have used stradic, sustain, stella, but looking at reviews it seems that alot of people complain that their reels aren't as good as they used to be. Anyone have experience with newer shimano's or pflueger, abu garcia, diawa etc.
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 11:59 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/08/2012
Location: ND
   I like the pflueger, I have bought three of them in the last two years. But I dont threw them in the missouri mud like I used to with my older reels.

With that said I think they are all junk, wear em out, go buy another. spend the money on the rod.
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:00 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
I use the pflueger presidential, its at about $60-70. I have it on most of my spinning rods. I would recomend it over any other I have used.

LINDY FISHING





Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:08 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/02/2012
Location: ND
I still love the new Shimano Stradics have a few and have had no problems. That would be my #1.
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:10 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2008
Location: ND
I just ordered another Pflueger Patriarch.  Very light and smooth.

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"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

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Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:14 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/13/2006
Location: ND
I have had good luck with the stradics.  they usually last me several fishing seasons until the anti-reverse starts slipping.  I have 3 that need to get sent in to shimano that have bad anti-reverses.  I think hammering on snags is what ruins the anti-reverse. 
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:15 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND

I have 8 Shimano Symetre 2500 FJ and just ordered 4 more. I think I like them!!! LOL Using and abusing them the first 8 are two years old and that is more than I have got out of any reel yet with the exception of my Okuma's on my slip bobber poles. Shimano also has an awesome warranty/repair service but it does take a while so it's not a quick turn.

http://fish.shimano.com/publish/content/global_fish/en/us/index/products/reels/spinning/Symetre_FI.html
 

 

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

Eric T


Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:18 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND
Enslow Said:
I have had good luck with the stradics.  they usually last me several fishing seasons until the anti-reverse starts slipping.  I have 3 that need to get sent in to shimano that have bad anti-reverses.  I think hammering on snags is what ruins the anti-reverse. 

If you use any Stradic 1000's send me a PM, I know where there are a few for $99.00.
 

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

Eric T


Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:27 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
I buy whatever is in the bargain bin at cabelas. Mostly pflueger. I use them until their shot and then toss em. Reels don't loose fish for me I guess, not can I catch more fish with a high dollar reel. I would much rather spend good money on good rods and lines/tackle.
Live hard! Die happy!
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:27 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/26/2009
Location: ND
what am I missing that one thinks he might not be able to find a fantastic spinning reel for under $200.  I've got penn senators for shark fishing that didn't cost me that much.
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:32 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/14/2010
Location: ND
 Pflueger president (sp?) is a great real for the coin. Make sure to get the President XT tho as it is built much more solid with less plastic and should last you awhile


 "I get what you're saying:  Like a sausage replica featuring a Polander holding a sacred illumination device." 
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:39 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/14/2010
Location: ND
 i wish shimano would bring back the 1500 size.....errr


 "I get what you're saying:  Like a sausage replica featuring a Polander holding a sacred illumination device." 
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:42 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2008
Location: ND
Wags86 Said:
 i wish shimano would bring back the 1500 size.....errr
You and me both.  I had a Symetre 1500 that I absolutely loved.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:42 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2003
Location: ND
fisherman25 Said:
I buy whatever is in the bargain bin at cabelas. Mostly pflueger. I use them until their shot and then toss em. Reels don't loose fish for me I guess, not can I catch more fish with a high dollar reel. I would much rather spend good money on good rods and lines/tackle.
This is what I use to do and for me it's not about loosing or catching fish it's about holding up over time so I dont have to independently try and keep Cabelas afloat!!! That's why IMHO it's worth the investment for a better reel that you dont have to replace after one season like I was doing.

 

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

Eric T


Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:48 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/07/2009
Location: nd
I picked up the same rod last summer, I put a Pflueger Supreme on it.  Will definitely be looking to buy the same setup again.
Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive.
- Bugs Bunny
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:50 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/20/2003
Location: ND
Captain Ahab Said:
I just ordered another Pflueger Patriarch.  Very light and smooth.


What the captain said.

 

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American Government take care of him;better take a closer look at the American Indian."
Henry Ford



 
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 12:57 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/04/2007
Location: ND
I have a Shimano Stradic CI4 on my jigging pole and It's got to be one of the best reels I have ever owned. Paid $192.00 for it.

Also own a older Shimano 30 series and a SAR2500F (which I had to return because  it continued to malfunction but Scheels replaced it).
 
I have some mixed reviews on the older Abu Garcia spinning reels I own ( all were under $100). Not terrible but some little quirks to each reel.

I just went out and bought the new Quantum Smoke PTi($159) and put it on a Smoke rod. I also bought three of the Quantum Kinetic PTi, a 10, 20 & 30 for $99 and put them on Fenwick rods.

I'm headed to the tailrace this weekend and I'll let you know how they perform.
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 1:01 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2004
Location: ND
what size of the president reels are you guys ordering?
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Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 1:01 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/09/2004
Location: ND
 
ND_LandShark Said:
I have a Shimano Stradic CI4 on my jigging pole and It's got to be one of the best reels I have ever owned. Paid $192.00 for it.

Also own a older Shimano 30 series and a SAR2500F (which I had to return because  it continued to malfunction but Scheels replaced it).
 
I have some mixed reviews on the older Abu Garcia spinning reels I own ( all were under $100). Not terrible but some little quirks to each reel.

I just went out and bought the new Quantum Smoke PTi($159) and put it on a Smoke rod. I also bought three of the Quantum Kinetic PTi, a 10, 20 & 30 for $99 and put them on Fenwick rods.

I'm headed to the tailrace this weekend and I'll let you know how they perform.
Report back on the smoke PTi reel please. I ordered one back in November and it was on back order for a few months so I just cancelled the order and bought a Ci4 for my rod that gillgetter is making me. Still might buy a smoke though so a review would be swell.

J
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 1:12 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/14/2010
Location: ND
 
SHORTHAIRSRUS Said:
what size of the president reels are you guys ordering?

I like the size 30 for a jiggin / riggin stick
I like the 35 for casting cranks and such


 "I get what you're saying:  Like a sausage replica featuring a Polander holding a sacred illumination device." 
Re: A good spinning reel for under $200
by on 03/20/2012 1:43 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
Eric, I get 5 to 7 years out of a reel, BUT I don't fish nearly as much as you. Nor do I have clients using my gear. Just me and the wife. I have done the math, and for my situation, if u can get 5+ years out of the cheaper reels I'm coming out well. The only time I spent big bucks on a reel, the same summer I stepped on it and smashed it to pieces.
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