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#11846069 - 09/24/16 03:51 AM Tibor Freestone fly reel opinions
godum Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/23/16
Posts: 2
Loc: Flowewr Mound, TX
I just picked a new Tibor Freestone fly fishing reel at an estate sale. Does anyone use or have used this reel? I would like to hear reviews on it's durability, performance, and if I should use it or set it on the shelf. I have not been fly fishing in 25 years and am just thinking about getting back to it. Thanks.

#11846235 - 09/24/16 08:37 AM Re: Tibor Freestone fly reel opinions [Re: godum]
BoPro Offline

Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 429
Loc: Arlington, TX
Tibor makes great saltwater reels, maybe none better. Built like a tank, super drag, and will last you a lifetime. I think the Freestone is rated for 5-7 wt fly lines. Many, if not most, of the world records on a fly were on Tibor reels, if that says anything. Fish it...a lot!!

Also, it holds its value quite well, if you decide you don't like it.

#11847043 - 09/24/16 07:21 PM Re: Tibor Freestone fly reel opinions [Re: godum]
RexW Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 09/24/02
Posts: 3030
Loc: Sherman, TX
Tibor reels tend to be considered one of the higher end reel companies. It is definitely a reel to be used. Although, it would be easy to sell too.
Fly Fishers International certified casting instructor

#11847450 - 09/24/16 10:39 PM Re: Tibor Freestone fly reel opinions [Re: godum]
Glitchmo Offline

Registered: 05/08/16
Posts: 191
I think most(all?) tibor reels use cork drags, which require some maintenance to function properly. Given that you got it at an estate sale, you should check into that before using it.


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