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    Default Looking for a new reel.

    I just built a new 6 wt rod for bass and carp fishing and I am in need of a new reel. Does anyone have a suggestion for a decent reel that won't break the bank?
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    Might look at Redington Behemoth. I think $139. I have 2, 5/6 and 9/10. A great drag. Use mine in the salt.

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    The generic shop brands from BassPro/Cabelas regularly get good reviews and come in all price brackets. I'd also look at the Lamson Liquid especially in the 3 pack configuration which is hard to beat at <$200, and the reel alone is around $100. There are a ton of no-name, off-shore manufactured, rebranded reels out there for cheaper, but I tend to favor brands with a known track record in case I need repairs. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatfly View Post
    The generic shop brands from BassPro/Cabelas regularly get good reviews and come in all price brackets. I'd also look at the Lamson Liquid especially in the 3 pack configuration which is hard to beat at <$200, and the reel alone is around $100. There are a ton of no-name, off-shore manufactured, rebranded reels out there for cheaper, but I tend to favor brands with a known track record in case I need repairs. YMMV.
    I can second this.

    I have the designed by Lamson sold by Cabelas "Prestige Plus" models in the 3/4 wt. and 7/8wt. sizes as well as the Lamson Liquid 3 pack in 5/6 wt. and there's not a lot of difference EXCEPT you can't buy extra spools for the Cabelas versions. But if you use one line or don't mind changing line they are a good value. Especially on sale.

    I like the known brand too for the same reasons. of course a really nice higher priced fully machined reel is nice but I haven't found them to be necessary for any fishing I do.

    I own and use a "Piscifun" fully machined reel I think I paid $55 for. The one I have has been flawless and smooth and
    it's nice for the price.

    But my favorite is the Redington Behemoth. Have one in 7/8 and it's solid. The drag is great even if I don't need it that much. It's nice to have something that is functionally that good even if it's not necessary.

    Until a couple of years ago I used old Martin's and Pluegers except in for a Bass Pro Ultralight machined I use on a 2wt. and the Cabelas I used on the 8wt and above. Never had any problems with any Martin or Pfluegers.

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    I've always liked the Okuma Helios reels.

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    Hey Brad,
    And maybe it's time to take that Kusse reel off it's pedestal and give it a spin.:>)

    Mark
    THAT being said, I'd rather be in Wyoming.

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    You do not need much of a reel for bass but in shallow waters and current carp can sometimes make the reel work for a bit. You might look at the Echo Bravo. Good drag and capacity and quite a bit lighter than the Behemoth.
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Hey Brad,
    And maybe it's time to take that Kusse reel off it's pedestal and give it a spin.:>)

    Mark
    Hey Mark
    That's the wrong type of reel for the fish I'll be chasing. It will get wet in due course. Just retired so I will have some time to get a new bamboo built this winter.
    I need something with a decent drag to stop the carp. Been fishing for bass with the long rod for 50 years and have never had one on the reel. Not one and I have caught my share of big bass.
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    Sent you a PM. Actually I think it went out twice as my first attempt said my box was full so I retyped it.

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    "Just retired so I will have some time"

    What again? Is it going to last this time?

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