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#11956413 - 11/29/16 08:33 AM 5 weight reel recommendation for $200
krawlin 47 Offline
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I am very new to fly fishing and bought the TFO/Cabellas combo last year to fish up on Taneycomo. I know I don't need a new reel but I would like one for christmas smile you know!

If you were buying a $200.00 reel what would you look at and why.

I will use this for trout and would like for it to potentially be used on a 3 wt also if that is even possible. (3 wt is what I will get next for smaller stream fishing).

Thanks for any help or input you can provide.
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#11956439 - 11/29/16 08:43 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
I FISH 4 Offline
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Registered: 11/28/09
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Loc: East Texas
Take a look at Redington Behemoth reel, it will do eveything you need and then some. cost around $129.00
We use them on some of our guide equipment.
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#11956462 - 11/29/16 08:56 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
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Loc: W.Texas
Orvis has a Hydros SL 3-5 wt reel for $198 . http://www.orvis.com/p/hydros-sl-fly-reels/2fbt
I don't own one, I have a Orvis Access 5-wt reel med. arbor I bought a few months back which was also recently discontinued but I really like it for small stream or pond fishing . The Orvis reel I mentioned above is a large arbor reel making it easier for larger stream and lake fishing . You would have to order line also which is extra . The Access is mounted on a Sage VXP 9' 5wt rod .

I also have a 5-wt Cabelas RLS+ combo that I really like very well . http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=1555116&type=product The RLS+ reel is top notch large arbor reel and is very well made . You can buy a RLS+ reel in 3-4 wt for $124.99
RLS+ Reel .

These two reels are what I have personal experience with but there are many other good reels out there . I'm sure a few members will chime in and suggest others . Just what ever you choose make sure it fits your needs .


Edited by RonL (11/29/16 08:59 AM)
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#11956468 - 11/29/16 08:59 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
jrod88 Offline
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I like my new Hydros SL III and IV's. Sometimes you can take advantage of a promotion and get them right at $200.

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#11956615 - 11/29/16 10:16 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
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Sounds like the reel will only be used as a line holder. Spend $60 on a Maxcatch reel from China and the other $140 on a good 3 weight TFO rod.

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#11956643 - 11/29/16 10:29 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
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If you like light weight, look at the 3-tand reels. Awesome reel for the price and lightest one out there that I know of!
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#11956711 - 11/29/16 11:13 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
Bass_Bustin_Texan Offline
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Allen Reels out of Southlake. They did have a sale going on....keep watch and it will come around again.
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#11956718 - 11/29/16 11:20 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: J-Moe]
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Originally Posted By: J-Moe
Sounds like the reel will only be used as a line holder. Spend $60 on a Maxcatch reel from China and the other $140 on a good 3 weight TFO rod.


You're also going to have to invest in a line as well, since you're not buying a combo this time. Spending $$$ on a nicer reel then going cheap on the line is a mistake, IMO.

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#11956799 - 11/29/16 12:20 PM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
txbassnewbie Offline
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Registered: 07/02/14
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if your fishing for sun fish and bass you really don't need an expensive reel.

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#11956813 - 11/29/16 12:28 PM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
krawlin 47 Offline
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Guys...this is awesome information. Pretty much as I thought! The prestige reel I currently have is probably fine!

I do want to get a 3 or 4 wt for smaller fish and water - very new to this. Loaded for whatever in my bass boat...and losing interest fast! Really love the solitude and purity (that may be a little corny) of catching fish on the fly.
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#11956925 - 11/29/16 01:53 PM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
RexW Offline
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Registered: 09/24/02
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Loc: Sherman, TX
If you watch the sale places such as Sierra Trading Post you can often find good deals on reels.

If you currently have a 5 wt, then I'd get a 3 wt before getting a 4 wt. A 3 and 5 will cover a wider range of conditions than a 4 and 5 will. I use a 3 wt a lot and is my got to rod for streams and ponds. From my bass boat, I usually use a 7 wt.
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#11957206 - 11/29/16 04:15 PM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: RexW]
BACKSEATWILLIE Offline
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Registered: 02/27/09
Posts: 70
Loc: lubbock
If they are still available just get an extra spool or two for your current reel and get a new rod.

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#11957316 - 11/29/16 05:32 PM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
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Registered: 05/09/12
Posts: 19
Loc: TX
I have hardy Cls5000 got it on sale for about $145
Little bit heavy but come with 3 plastic spools. So far, love it!


Edited by Flying Fox (11/29/16 05:32 PM)

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#11957333 - 11/29/16 05:46 PM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
RonL Online   content
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Registered: 07/09/14
Posts: 428
Loc: W.Texas
I think I saw the Prestige Plus at Cabela's on sale for $24.99 or so . Might check their cyber Monday sale.


Edited by RonL (11/29/16 05:51 PM)
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#11958047 - 11/30/16 06:11 AM Re: 5 weight reel recommendation for $200 [Re: krawlin 47]
fray Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
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Loc: Commerce, TX
Good info

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