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    Default Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    After Simon's post on the 28th November,where his Daiwa TDX reel seized for no apparent reason i thought i would ask this question,the TDX retails at well over £200,i have a couple of mates who have them,i just cant really warrant spending that on a reel,i can certainly afford them,just justifying that sum of money on something that you can buy a more than usable reel under £100,i am using Daiwa Ninjas at the moment and am certainly having no issues,now im certainly not having a pop at anyone who spends such sums,its only money and your only here once,but i just wondered how you fellas felt?

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    Default Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    Fixed spool reels just don't excite me enough to throw big end money at them, I've had and sold on a TDX 2508 which cost me over two hundred quid but I'm otherwise happy to keep sub-one hundred knowing that the reels will last me and do everything I want.

    I have several 'pins which have all cost me around or upwards of two hundred quid but I can look at those along with the use they get and see exactly why they're comparatively expensive.

    Otherwise, baitrunners apart and which are also sub-one hundred quid reels, my fixed spool reels comprise of several Daiwa 2503A's which are around twenty years old and, as of last night, will now be accompanied by a 1980's Mitchell Match 440A.
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    Why buy expensive reels, there is no need!?

    Years ago a dear mate of mine died and left me his tackle in his will. Amongst the tackle was a pair of Diawa Infinity carp reels which cost somewhere in the region of £400 each. Then I was doing a lot of big carp fishing, yes they are good reels but the reels that I was using were perfectly usable and cost much less. I no longer carp fish but I won't sell them, I will pass them on to my son.

    Although I am able to afford top price tackle there is no need. Currently I use 2 Shimano Baitfunners in 2500 and 2 4000 size and they do the job, each cost around £60. I also use a Match Ariel and a wide drum Ariel. For piking I use 2 ancient ABU Cardinal 66s.

    Save your dough and join a couple of decent clubs instead.

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    Default Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    Ok. Hands up, I'm a tackle tart....

    There, I said it....

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    The only fixed spools I have which cost over a hundred quid are for sea fishing, most cheaper stuff just doesn't stand up to saltwater for long, even if you look after it well.
    One thing I have noticed with a couple of quality shimano reels i have is that they reel much more easily and smoothly under load compared to cheaper options, no big deal for most freshwater use, but can be particularly useful when retrieving heavy lures.
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    Default Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    I bought a Daiwa 1650 auto bail (similar to Mitchell match) around 25 + years when they first came out, it cost £40 I think, it is still going strong, I paid £30 for a PI Inception reel in part of a job lot of tackle I bought, I checked and before it was discontinued, it was in the shops at around 160 i think, i would not have bought it at that price, I would say due to technology today that a reel in the lower price bracket is as good as an expensive reel from some years ago, i am using fixed spool as an example not centre pins.

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    Default Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    Quite a lot but I'd jib at 200+ On the other hand if someone put one in my hand that felt better than the Stradic Ci4+s I have I might be tempted. It's as much about the feel as anything for me whether it's a rod or reel. I have a Daiwa 16TDM3012 but there's so much backlash in the handle it puts me off using it. It just feels badly engineered although it works well enough.

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    Of the c. 20 reels that I have for float fishing ... only three were bought new:
    My first Mitchell 440a
    First Abu 501
    Okuma Sheffield.
    All the others were second hand from classifieds, friends and eBay.

    Feeder reels on the other hand ... i paid approx 100 each for my daiwa TDMs around ten years ago.
    They replaced some cheaper okuma epic pro 30s that had become a bit “graunchy” with use.
    I can’t seen myself buying anything more expensive than that.

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    Default Re: Reels and the cost your prepared to pay.

    The “why buy expensive reels, there’s no need” argument is a futile one.

    It’s like anything else in life, why buy an expensive rod, car, home, holiday, when cheaper ones will do. It’s a personal choice for each individual. If I was flush I’d buy a beautiful handmade centrepin for several hundreds of pounds but I’m not so I won’t.

    If the argument was that cheaper reels just aren’t good enough to do the job that would be a different matter.

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    Centrepins seem over-priced, but I understand the temptations. The only new one I bought - an Adcock Stanton - cost £120 in 2002. Since then I've bought a couple, but they were bargains, relative to what people are prepared to pay.. A Grey's Bewick, like new, for £80 and, a stroke of luck, an unused spare drum for £30. The other,a Fred crouch Truepin, cost £100 and represents the perfect impulse buy - no idea what I bought it for, and never used it yet.

    For fs's, I'm fussy but I don't have expensive tastes. A bunch of 1990's Shimano Aeros, GT's |and GTM's do me. Nearly all eBay, averaging about £60. I treated myself to an up-to-date Stradic Ci4 for barbel last year but that was eBay too, and sub £100. I once lashed out more than £100 on a discounted Shimano Twinpower XTR - about £120. It's still here, but my least favourite. It has bearings in abundance - which make it a) heavy b) revolve if you only look at it.

    Overall, I won't pay big prices for reels. Somehow the fancy spec's, for me, don't turn into feel in the hand or practical advantages. With rods, on the other hand......

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