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Best Spinning reel

I am in the market for new spinning reels for my GLoomis rods. I am wondering what people think is the best reel out there. I am currently thinking about buying some Stradic 1000s.

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Nearly impossible to beat a Stradic. In my opinion they are the "Gold Standard" of spinning reels.

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I bought a Stradic last year an am still kicking myself. Kicking myself for not buying one earlier, that is. I love it, plan on buying another one this year, they are awesome.

 

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I have a couple of Stradics. They are great! A little spendy but worth every penny. The 1000 has a sort of small spool but depending on what kind of fishing you will be doing it would be a good choice. If you are going to be casting cranks or anything like that I would recommend moving up in size.

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I have a couple of stradic's that are my go to reels, they are terrific, comparable is the Quantum Energy PTI and for a bit less money the Pfleuger medalist is a great buy in my mind.

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Tough to beat a Shimano but I just ordered an Abu Garcia 801. Looks like a pretty sweet reel and is real smooth. Can't wait to try it out on mr. walleye.

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Ive got mostly abu's here, Ive had some shimano's but $ per $ I think the abu are higher quality

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I really like my Pfleuger President.

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Team Diawa's are a good solid smooth reel. I also use a Penn Prion which to me has one of the smoothest drags available.
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I have the old model stradic, the white with wood handel and it is my favorite reel, and you can get them on ebay fairly reasonable, but the pfleuger presidents are a great reel for the money too.

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I have Pfluger Presidents #6725 on my Gloomis rods. Love them. Have used Shimano and Okuma and would not go back. And at about $60 each, great buys in my mind. I also pull them off and use them on my ice fishing rods in the winter.

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you said best reels.new or old?

i still think the old shimano areo series
were great reels.
have several,most rebuilt many times.
kind of like a model 12

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I have been using spinning reels since the first Mitchells hit the shores back in the 50's.
The best for my money is the the Okuma Stratus XTS-30. I bought mine at Dick's for $40 about a year ago and it is so smooth I can hardly feel when I'm winding . 10 Ball Bearings and it lay the line down in a way that I have never has a birds nest.
One Draw back-it's sealed . No screws so you can't take it apart to clean nor oil it. Maybe it doesn't need it-you think?

After using everything on the market for many years the best spinning reel I have ever used is a Stratus XTS by Okuma. The people at the new Dick's here say it's made just for them. I don't know for sure, but it has 10 ball bearings and is smooth as silk. The way it lays the line down seems to prevent all the problems I have had with other spinning reels. The good part is I use the #30 model and it's only around $40

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Spend some time with ALOT of different reels and you will find the # of ball bearings arent necessarily the gold standard of smooth reeling or longevity of the reel.

I have Abu, Diawa, Shimano, Pfleuger, and Okuma (maybe others) and the Shimanos are my go to reels.  The Stradic I have is the best reel hands down, and I have used the Shimano Stella as well....for the $ the Stradic is every bit as good as the Stella.  The Bearing design and tolerances on the Shimano bearings are better than others IMHO.  Pitch cranks fo -3 summers with a comperable competitors reel vs the Stradic and you will see as I have that they just dont hold up.

Stradic for me.  The Symetre is also an outstanding reel for less than the cost of a Stradic...

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You want a light weight reel to compliment your Loomis rod.  A heavy reel, especially on rods that are hand held (like a vertical jigging rod) is a bad match for a high quality rod.  Any combo you hold in your hand should be as light as your budget allows for sensitivity.  Lightweight rods and reels will cost more.  One spinning reel I'm really impressed with lately is the Pflueger Supreme XT. 

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I run Abu 502's on both my 6 ft jig rod, 7' live bait rig, and two 100us on my ice rods.  Really smoothed all four out once I cleaned all the factory grease and re-lubed them with low-temp winter grease.  RemOil works wonders on them too. 

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While the new shimano series are nice, the stradics that the folks up above are not made anymore. the new stradic is called the Stradic FI, and also the shimano Saros. If you are going to spend that kind of money, i would go with a daiwa tierra or something similar to that, in the daiwa brand. The pfluegers are alright, but i don't think i would want one. and the Cardinal 801 is not worth the money.  I personally can not tell the differnece between the 801 and the 501. abu has a couple series out this year, but the bail spring is still really stiff and if it is anything like the cardinals that i own, the bails don't work so well when it is cold out.

I would probably lean toward the daiwa, just because they are lighter and smoother than the new shimano's.

Good luck and have fun searching!


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last months outdoor life has there picks and it was the shimano synergy

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From what I have learned from working in the fishing retail business, Shimano and Daiwa reels seem to be the most well-built reels on the market.  They seem to stand up very well over time.  With some of the abu garcias and pfluegers, it seems either the bails are sticky and don't flip over very nice or the handles get really sloppy on the reel.  We had a reel repair where I worked and it seemed like we would get a lot of pfluegers and quite a few abus that would come in to get repaired.  I used to have a abu cardinal and wasn't too impressed.  They have been upgrading their reels quite a bit the last couple years, so maybe they made improvements.  I had problems with the bail and there was an annoying grinding noise coming from the gears.  Everyone I tried seem to have the same issue.  All of the shimano line of reels are redesigned this year and have some nice features.  All the styles from the Solstace ($40) and up have the propulsion line management system, which was only available in the stradic and saros last season.  Quantum reels are nice but I don't like how they are so heavy, they have to be one of the heaviest reels on the market.  Shimanos are also on the heavy side.  Pfluegers are nice and light, but like I said, they don't seem to stand up very well.  One upper line of reels I don't think gets enough credit is the Daiwas.  They came out with some very nice reels last year and haven't heard much about them.  They are definitely worth looking at.  They are nice and light and silky smooth. They have some nice features.  The Daiwa Tierra and Team Daiwa Advantage-A are both really nice.  Both are right around $120.  I would definitely take a look at both of those.  One thing to say about reel weight is that you want it to be heavy enough to balance out the rod, so not too light, but you also don't want it to be too heavy.  Good luck

 

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I guess i could have just said I agree with what sierra1995 said.

 

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sotaman, haven't heard of the synergy... did you mean the symetre?  I just received my field and stream today and the shimano solstace was the best value reel at $40.

 

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Buy a Van Staal or use that much money to buy a new boat.Main problem with VanStaal is that you could get mugged if you flash it in public or even worse people will think you're an AIG executive.

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fishnbucks Said:
sotaman, haven't heard of the synergy... did you mean the symetre?  I just received my field and stream today and the shimano solstace was the best value reel at $40.

Yes I very well may have. I use the Shimanos a lot and like them. Fair priced and seem to last for right around a hundred dollars.

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fishnbucks Said:
sotaman, haven't heard of the synergy... did you mean the symetre?  I just received my field and stream today and the shimano solstace was the best value reel at $40.

Yes I very well may have. I use the Shimanos a lot and like them. Fair priced and seem to last for right around a hundred dollars.

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Buy a VAN STAAL .Just make sure you don't get mistaken for an AIG executive.

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My $30 Mitchell 300Xe is plenty good imho.   I like is much more than my Shimano.

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I usually rig up my G-loomis' with some of them old push buttom Zebcos. Best reel on the market bar none.

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I dunno fishnbucks!

I also came from the fishing industry and must say daiwa and shimano are your leaders for duability. I saw hundreds of reels a year and these two brands were definately at the bottom of the list for problems.

However, the mid priced shimanos (in the $80-$120) range blow away the daiwas for smooth retrieving and reel wobble when comparing the two. I have a few reels of each in this price catagory and can tell you for sure that the shimanos are consistently a lighter and smoother reel when comparing price points. Daiwas are heavy but they are definately durable. As for their paddlefishing reels...I digress. The Okuma AZUL 90 rules in this category for their price.

Pflueger is not bad for the dollar but they too have their problems.

I can remember the days of Pinnacle and let me tell you, if only 2 came back out of three you sold, you were doing good. They were absolute junk!

The Abu reels aren't bad but in my mind they are overpriced for the quality the offer in their price range. They don't have near the machining that the shimanos undergo and yet they try to pass them off as higher category reels. If your looking for middle to upper end reels, i'd stay away from the abu's....they aren't what they used to be.

Penn, I have had very little experience with except salt water and from those few experiences...not a bad reel. Actually if I was going salt thats probably what I would buy. Maybe a shimano in their larger salt series too. As of right now I don't have to worry about it.

As for Okuma's freshwater series I also felt they were lacking for the price points they sold in. Seemed to me they were awfully stiff but maybe they needed a break-in period. However, my own belief is that a reel should not need to be broken in. They should remain just as fluid and constant a year or two from when you bought it and if they aren't then they aren't machined to quality tolerances. Typically your bail sear is about the only thing that should trip easier as the reel is used more and more.

Mitchells...not a big fan at all. To me they are just a filler reel but some guys like them. My experience with them is limited but I never cared for them from the start.

As for warranty service, Shimano had one of the best. They even have a service program where if you send your reels in they dismantle them, replace worn parts such as drag washers and clean them thoroughly as well as re-oil them. I think all this for around $25 a reel. Maybe a little more now. Now that's what I call service!

All in all keep the reel small in size (1000 or 1500 series) if you are going to use light test lines or super lines. Superlines typically have a large difference in diameter to strength ratio and a small spool will hold plenty of strong durable line. A large reel is overkill unless your going to go with 14lb mono and fight largemouths out of the weed patch. A light reel will keep the fatigue down and keep you casting happily all day.

Good luck!

By the way, I just bought a St. Croix Legend Elite and I'm gonna top it with a Shimano Stradic. I also have the Shimano Saros 1000 and it is a super reel for smallies to large walleyes!

 


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Shimano's reel service is still $25/reel unless you have some of their higher end stuff then it's $30, and more for the bigger saltwater stuff.  I sent in a 9yr old Stradic and two baitcasters last Friday.  They were all still very functional but weren't as smooth as my newer stuff so back to Shimano they go.  It will be interresting to see how long it takes to get them back.  I sent in a few Leupold scopes on the same day and I'll bet they come back 1st.

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You could buy a Van Staal but some one may think you're an AIG executive and shoot you.

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Nice to find someone else who has found the value of the Okuma Stratus XTS series reels. I have two model 30s from back in 2008, and they still run smooth as silk with no twist/backlash problems to speak of.

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If you pitch cranks alot the president's bail spring wears out and bail won't close nice.  Haven't had my stradic FI long enough to find out if this will be a problem.  Stradic's drag is amazingly smooth.  I love it, if you don't mind spending the money get one. 


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Pfleuger Supreme XT

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The new pflueger patriarchs are incredible. Its the lighest weight spinning real out there and they look awesome. Next to that I really like the sustain reals from shimano if you can still find them.

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I have a Pflueger Patriarch, Shimano Stradic Ci4, and Plueger Supreme XT and a handful of other reels.  I haven't had them very long so I don't know long-term durability, but the three I listed are far and above the 3 nicest reels I have ever used.  My favorite one so far is the Patriarch.  I strapped it on my GLX and that is one light, great feeling combo. 

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I think u cant go wrong with shimano reels. Thats all i personally has on my rods. I think sustains are the best all around reel out there. I have had awesome luck with them and had zero problems with them. I actually worn one out after 9 years. The roller on the bail and the actual main bearing gave out. But i do have a new present for myself that most people would think was outrageous. A stella that came in at pretty penny at $700. Ive fished with it for a month and a half and i tell u what i have never reeled on a reel that smooth.

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Shimano STELLA---STL2500FE

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PENN is the gold standard.............the stradic is an awesome piece of work as well. case closed.

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Daiwa Prodigy's all the way around. Have nothing bad to say about the Stradic's other than that's what all my buddies run and I just can't sheep out and follow the flock...

I've had many of the Prodigy's for years and use them both summer and winter, very durable. Never understood using quality gear all summer and cheaping out in the winter, but to each his own. In the summer I run them on Loomis IMX rods. Can't spend the extra bill to get the GLX for the little bit of weight. $350 per rig is plenty and I pitch and fish as much or more than most.

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 wide spool is the what is hot now.   Lewes and US   BP has em too.  

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Vintage Mg Stradic for them in the know.

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Back to my comment on wide spools --- if your not using them your missing out.   I am not going to get into brands -- I got a BP and was impressed.  

1. large-diameter spool--power is in the spool being wide vs. the gear-- fast retrieve
is easier on big lures *thats for my bassin
2. The line isn't coiled so tightly, it comes off of the spool easier, meaning you'll see instant gains in casting distance.  Way back when daiwa pushed the long spool as being able to cast far- but it was designed for what --- mono.
3. no binding with superlines.
4. Retro looking.   

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Last spring I bought a Stradic MgFB 1000 and put on a Carrot Stix spinning rod. You won't go wrong with the Stradic. I have an old Symetre on my Loomis IMX.

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I just bought a Stradic C14 and it is nice.  I didn't like the price but couldn't resist any longer.  I bought it to put on my custom rod that gillgetter just completed for me.  Man does Gillgetter do nice work.  

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Enslow Said:
I just bought a Stradic C14 and it is nice.  I didn't like the price but couldn't resist any longer.  I bought it to put on my custom rod that gillgetter just completed for me.  Man does Gillgetter do nice work.  

You will thoroughly enjoy your new set up!! Gill showed me pictures of your new stick this morning, sure is sweet!!

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What type of blanks does gill use and how much for a custom rod?

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SHORTHAIRSRUS Said:

Back to my comment on wide spools --- if your not using them your missing out.   I am not going to get into brands -- I got a BP and was impressed.  

1. large-diameter spool--power is in the spool being wide vs. the gear-- fast retrieve
is easier on big lures *thats for my bassin
2. The line isn't coiled so tightly, it comes off of the spool easier, meaning you'll see instant gains in casting distance.  Way back when daiwa pushed the long spool as being able to cast far- but it was designed for what --- mono.
3. no binding with superlines.
4. Retro looking.   

Vintage Mg Stradic for them in the know.  Shoulda bought a dozen of them when Cabelas closed out the 1000's.

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 My vote goes to the Pflueger Patriarch.  Awesome reel.  That Ci4 is pretty nice too.

i12fish,
 I build on a few different blanks.  The price depends on the components and the blank choice.  Anywhere from 150-300, but the sky's the limit.  PM me and we can talk more.

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