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#11427390 - 02/20/16 04:52 PM Best reel for flipping
Txmedic033 Offline
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Thoughts and opinions? My new flipping rod arrive today and I can't decide what reel I want on it.

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#11427451 - 02/20/16 05:43 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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Curado 200 7:1
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#11427503 - 02/20/16 06:26 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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I use a Revo STX(7:1) and it has held up extremely well. Might look into an even faster ratio (8 or 9:1). Guys I know use a Lews super duty and they like them really well. To be honest I don't know if brand is a big factor. I like the Revo because I like the way it fits my grip.

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#11427544 - 02/20/16 06:45 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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Shimano metaniums are awesome flipping reels
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#11427667 - 02/20/16 07:52 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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+ 1 Revo STX(7:1)
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#11427758 - 02/20/16 08:20 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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Get something in the 7+:1 ratio to help get them out of the thick stuff, if that is what you plan on fishing. I dislike that you lose power with the higher speed reels, but it doesn't really matter, unless you get a head on one. The slower reels have a lot more power, but don't take up line fast enough. I had a Revo 7:1 ratio reel, but when I had a wreck, both ears broke off the reel and now it is useless. Didn't happen to the Shimano reels I had on my other rods, nor did it happen to the Academy Mettle reel I had on one rod. Go figure. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

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#11427765 - 02/20/16 08:23 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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Revo Rocket
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#11427937 - 02/20/16 09:31 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
mikemtx Offline
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Revo STX in 8:1

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#11428219 - 02/21/16 07:18 AM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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As dorky as they are, a reel with a flipping switch is kinda useful. At least I think so. Sometimes I forget to flip the switch and if you can see me, I make really animated facial expressions when I try to cast!!!
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#11428261 - 02/21/16 07:58 AM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Registered: 02/25/15
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
As dorky as they are, a reel with a flipping switch is kinda useful. At least I think so. Sometimes I forget to flip the switch and if you can see me, I make really animated facial expressions when I try to cast!!!


I have used them for about 35 years. They are not dorky, and they do have some advantages. For 20 years, my home water was from the Everglades to Okeechobee where I excelled at flipping, my favored technique. The expensive high-$ reels are just not necessary for the technique. Most who flip have the drag locked down, so no need for fabulous drag characteristics. No need for fancy low-friction record distance casting - you'll be swinging a hunk of tungsten or lead.

I like three things in a flipping reel:

1) A Flippin' Switch
2) Line pick-up as fast as I an get (where IPT is more important than sheer gear ratio)
3) Reasonable weight

I've had countless days where the only rods I held were flipping rods, so keeping weight down is welcomed by my wrist/arm. My early years rigs were long before today's large gear housing reels, so my first flipping rigs had a whopping 19 inches per turn or so on the retrieve. I made that work, so getting the 28 inch per turn I have today with modern reels seems heavenly. Could I get more IPT with another reel? You bet, but I will never give up the flipping switch to do so.

In a given day, I will probably make more flips than an angler without a flipping switch. I'll do that with more fluid motion and with less effort. I'll also be poised to set the hook instantly on a fish that ingests my lure a fraction of a second after it enters the water. The best reel I found for my requirements is the Quantum Energy, available in both left and right hand versions. It has a flipping switch, weighs under 7 ounces, and offers 28 IPT with the 7.0:1 gear option. I own five of them. The Catalyst is no longer made, but it was a slightly less expensive version of the Energy that also met my requirements.

I saw two things that lost a lot of fish for people: Moving the rod back and forth between hands, and not having the reel engaged when they needed to set the hook on a fast-biting fish. Neither of these effects me because my rod never leaves the chosen hand, and the reel is engaged unless I press down on the thumb-bar. These are immensely important in not missing fish in my opinion. As we flip to hundreds of targets near and far, we are constantly adjusting our line extension. With or without a flipping switch, we press the thumb-bar to get more line. With a flipping switch, once enough line is payed out, I simply let go of the thumb-bar and I'm back in action. But, an angler without a flipping switch must now get the reel engaged again. He's holding the rod in one hand, and holding the line extension in the other hand. What hand will he be using to engage the reel's drivetrain? (while I've already flipped the bait and set the hook on another fish). THAT, my friend, is the bottom line of why I don't flip without a flipping switch!


Edited by Flippin-Out (02/21/16 08:37 AM)

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#11428499 - 02/21/16 10:48 AM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
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Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Shimano Metanium

I use the XG model for all of my flipping needs. I love this reel and will never use anything different. The XG model has an 8.5:1 gear ratio and that's really gonna help pick up a lot of line on your hookset. This reel is so smooth and the drag is very strong. It'll suit you very well for your flipping needs.
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#11428526 - 02/21/16 11:08 AM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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Registered: 01/11/16
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For flipping/pitching I use Quantum Smoke SL150HPT 7+ to 1. I like the faster ratio because it allows you to make more casts. Plenty of power for a reel that is so light. It feels like its put together really well. Pick one up and you will understand. Pair it up with a good Falcon rod and you will be in business. banana

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#11428781 - 02/21/16 02:04 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: thirtysixit]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
Originally Posted By: thirtysixit
For flipping/pitching I use Quantum Smoke SL150HPT 7+ to 1. I like the faster ratio because it allows you to make more casts. Plenty of power for a reel that is so light. It feels like its put together really well. Pick one up and you will understand. Pair it up with a good Falcon rod and you will be in business. banana


You'll have to find new old stock or a used one. Quantum has stopped manufacture of all Smoke 150 size reels in 2015. They still have the less popular Tour KVD line-up (that the paint peels from typically). I'm not sure how gear ratio makes it possible to make more casts - many "casts" of a flipping rod involve very few turns of the handle. That's more likely to happen when a fish is on the line.


Edited by Flippin-Out (02/21/16 02:06 PM)

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#11429355 - 02/21/16 07:39 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Hey Flippin! I use an Energy also.

It really isn't a bad reel. And I agree about the flipping mode being an asset. I've had a LOT of my best catches because of the flip switch being on. A lot of the better bites happen before the bait touches bottom. It's nice to be able to set a hook anytime. The bad is when I need to cast to a target and that 1 1/2oz tungsten come flying right back at the boat because I let off the spool button. Lol I actually have a crack in the gel coat from a rebound cast. Haha.
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#11429577 - 02/21/16 09:07 PM Re: Best reel for flipping [Re: Txmedic033]
El Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 419
Loc: Kissimmee,FL
Check out 13 Fishing's Concept line of reels.

http://store.13fishing.com/c/freshwater_reels_concept-e

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