alan tani @ fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Spinning reel decisions. Vintage vs New
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« Reply #45 on: June 14, 2018, 12:02:10 PM »

When it comes to spinners, I generally always go modern. Especially if fishing braid. Old spinning reels have line lay issues, they are heavier, and some have back play in the handle. Not to mention you have to hunt down parts if something goes wrong.

Recently I've been buying mostly Penn spinners because they are so simple and easy to maintain. Shimanos have a ton of little parts and are more fickle. I do enjoy fishing my Shimanos though.

I've never fished/fixed a Daiwa spinning reel that I've ever been impressed with....... There is a lot of talk about the new BG but I have yet to see one.

I like the Penn Clash. Penn fixed the line lay issues that were in the Penn Battles. They have almost zero back play. The drag is super smooth and powerful. Bearings are nice and smooth. Line roller has a simple design. Light weight and braid ready spool. You can find them significantly discounted online. Really good bang for your buck reel. The only negative I have to say is that I killed my gears about about 4 months of heavy use. However, I was fishing 4-5 days a week for 8 plus hours a day. Only serviced the reel twice and continued to fish it even after it felt like it needed grease because I was down in the keys. I abused it a bit but I feel like it should have been tougher.
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« Reply #46 on: June 14, 2018, 04:45:17 PM »

I hear ya Sean.
Since Catching some nice fish on my last trip. I bought a few.
I too don't have any Shimano's, but you should really get one of the new BG's.
For $100. It is a steal. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by this reel.
Cabo 100 and 120. Battle 2 8000 and a 5000 I forgot to put in the pic, BG 8000 and another Fin Nor LT-100.
Also got two new surf rods. Ocean Master's from Bass Pro. I hope they perform as good as they look. They are all new this year.
All of this new gear for the price of one Stella. Wink
These reels have been out for a few years now. I did my research and tried to get the best for my Hard Earned Money.
The Quantum line of reels from Zebco has been out for many years.
I can remember fishing Quantum reels 40 years ago.
It is a different animal now, 60 lbs of drag tested by Alan Hawk himself.
This is a new era. Grin

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« Reply #47 on: June 14, 2018, 04:55:28 PM »

I have no opinion on the new BG because I haven't opened it yet. I'm curious though.

Nothing wrong with throwing chunks on a spinner. That's what I did last winter and had a great time.

The thing I love most about FL is you never know what is going to bite your hook.

Tight lines buddy.
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