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#11814735 - 09/06/16 12:40 PM What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large
RonL Online   content
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Registered: 07/09/14
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Loc: W.Texas
Not planning on anything real big like Steelhead . Just wondering if anyone uses a MidArbor reel ? I see Orvis has their Access Mid-Arbor on sale . Are they any good ?

http://www.orvis.com/p/access-mid-arbor-fly-reels/3r44
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#11814777 - 09/06/16 01:07 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
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Registered: 02/16/01
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Personally, I have never encountered any junk at Orvis. And they are real friendly about their returns. Don't hesitate because of quality concerns.
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#11814797 - 09/06/16 01:17 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
Brendan H Offline
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Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 170
Loc: Allen, TX
I have an Access III on my 6wt BVK and I really liked it, up until the point where I accidentally dropped it. Now the spool is bent and rubs the frame harder than a bear on a tree. But I really liked the reel and it held up pretty well.

I recently got a Hydros SL IV for my 8wt salt/striper setup and I only have good things to say about it. I'd say it is the best performing reel at its price point, and it out performs some of the $600+ reels out there.
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#11814931 - 09/06/16 02:56 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
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So they bend easily ? I thought I saw where they were machined aluminum . I thought that was tougher ? Personally I'm just looking for a good reel and Rio Grand line I can get together for under $200.00 .


Edited by RonL (09/06/16 03:00 PM)
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#11815096 - 09/06/16 04:27 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
BACKSEATWILLIE Offline
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Registered: 02/27/09
Posts: 71
Loc: lubbock
Have it in an 8wt, and have caught many a large carp on it. Good drag, good reel. IMO one of the best reels out there for the $$$. Didn't know they were on sale gonna have to check it out : )

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#11815326 - 09/06/16 06:44 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
Brendan H Offline
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Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 170
Loc: Allen, TX
If I were you I wouldn't worry about the bending. The Access was my 1st reel and it has been through a lot of abuse. As long as you take decent care of it you won't have any problems.
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#11815353 - 09/06/16 06:58 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
Bruce Mc Offline
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Registered: 07/25/16
Posts: 22
Loc: Edna, Tx
I bought a IV and an extra spool in store last month on sale. The sales rep told me about it. It wasn't on line yet. It has worked well on my 7wgt and smallish bass. Wished I could say it has worked great on some big bass, but I haven't caught any. I put a sinking tip on the spare spool.
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#11815396 - 09/06/16 07:31 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1202
Loc: Texas
Nothing wrong with the Access. Same drag (sealed) as the Hydros and all machined & anodized; holds up fine in the salt. I used one for years (an Access I) on one of my rods (a 2 wt. TFO) in the salt, and when Orvis introduced the new generation of Hydros reels they put the original Hydros on sale. I got one because they have a higher retrieve speed than the Access, and the price was too good to pass up. But the Access served me well for years, and landed many specs, reds, flounder, jacks, grouper, snapper, and grunts (and a few other species) on that 2 wt. in Texas and Florida. It's a great reel.

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#11815770 - 09/06/16 10:45 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
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Registered: 07/02/14
Posts: 113
Loc: Flower Mound
Mid arbor is fine for most fishing in Texas ponds or rivers unless your fishing for buffalo, carp of gar then i would go with a large arbor reel

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#11816077 - 09/07/16 08:51 AM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
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Thanks for the replies everyone . I have a 5wt with a large arbor reel already but was thinking maybe the Access would do fine on my Sage VXP unless there is a reason that I should go with a large arbor instead . The VXP is suppose to be a fast action rod and I was told I should use Rio Grand WF line . With the Access would it matter about it being a fast action rod and using the Rio Grand line ?
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#11816112 - 09/07/16 09:10 AM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 114
Loc: Mansfield, TX
Hi Ron. Access should work fine with your Sage and the Rio Grand line.

Yellowstone angler did a 5 wt reel shootout this year and the Access scored better than the Hydros. Some people swear by the shootouts and some people scoff at them, but it gives you an idea about reel quality.

I looked at the link you posted on the sales price and for the price they are offering them for I don't think you can go wrong.

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#11816213 - 09/07/16 10:03 AM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
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Ok I decided to order the Orvis Mid-Arbor 5wt reel/Titanium on sale for $99.00 . I went ahead and had them put on the backing I needed and decided to use the Orvis flyline the salesman told me about which was 5wt WF line . If I don't like it they will work with me on changing it . If I don't like it then i'll buy some Rio Grand .

http://www.orvis.com/p/hdros-wf-trout/2ar6


Edited by RonL (09/07/16 10:33 AM)
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#11816264 - 09/07/16 10:35 AM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: j_hirn2]
RonL Online   content
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Loc: W.Texas
Originally Posted By: j_hirn2
Hi Ron. Access should work fine with your Sage and the Rio Grand line.

Yellowstone angler did a 5 wt reel shootout this year and the Access scored better than the Hydros. Some people swear by the shootouts and some people scoff at them, but it gives you an idea about reel quality.

I looked at the link you posted on the sales price and for the price they are offering them for I don't think you can go wrong.


Thanks for that info hirn2 , as I mentioned I'm going to try the Orvis line first and if I don't like it they'll deal with me at changing it . Just be glad when I get out to some water later this month or next month !
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#11816453 - 09/07/16 12:53 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
texoma1231 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/15
Posts: 22
I have a mid arbor IV and have never had any issues. Great reel. If you check the ebay site you can often find very good deals on Orvis reels. Sometimes they are new in the box. Worth a look.

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#11817371 - 09/07/16 10:40 PM Re: What's best , Large Arbor or Mid Arbor ? up to med to large [Re: RonL]
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Got an email tonight saying my new reel has been shipped !
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