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#4972032 - 06/13/10 01:35 PM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: kbleger]
mowerman Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/12/10
Posts: 85
Loc: ft worth tx
Shimano reels are great, but the Prodidgy (Cabelas carries them) are spectacular!

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#4973383 - 06/13/10 07:58 PM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: mowerman]
The Fishing Physicist Offline
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Registered: 02/13/03
Posts: 21979
Loc: Château d'If
Originally Posted By: mowerman
Shimano reels are great, but the Prodidgy (Cabelas carries them) are spectacular!


In terms of bang for buck Prodidgy reels are the cat’s PJs. I have one that I love. I’ve only been to Cabela’s once, and the Prodidgys were on sale for $69.99. Normally, at the time Cabela’s had them listed as being $119.99. So the Prodidgeys were 42% off. Nice!


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#4982346 - 06/15/10 09:29 PM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: The Fishing Physicist]
Wilson Biddy Offline
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Registered: 07/09/07
Posts: 3525

go with the shimano stratic or sustain. Best reels for the money. As far as the prodigy, that stupid bail keeps on closing during your casts after some use.

Had a buddy who went thru the same journy as you. He decided to buy 2 prodigies instead of 1 stratic. Bail kept on shutting after 2 weeks of usage and he ended up returning the Prodigies back to cabelas and got the stratic. Now he's a happy man..

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#5037249 - 06/30/10 12:26 PM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: kbleger]
Jobo9680 Offline
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Registered: 06/24/10
Posts: 5
You might try a quantum xt or xti series reel, I have used the high end and the low end but for the price and reliability the quantum reel seems to be one of the best reels I have ever used

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#5039996 - 06/30/10 10:44 PM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: kbleger]
FZ1 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 09/17/09
Posts: 4800
Shimano or Daiwa only. You want the 2500 size spool.

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#5041885 - 07/01/10 12:46 PM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: FZ1]
Big Red 12 Offline
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Registered: 04/21/05
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Loc: Crandall, TX
Shimano Symetre or Stradic
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#5082386 - 07/12/10 03:21 PM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: Big Red 12]
jsix321 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/09
Posts: 886
Loc: Weatherford, TX
I have always used Shimano Stradics but just buy two Pflueger Arbors to try out. These seem good and were a great price, I think $80. Hope they perform because I like the large spools/small body design


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#5138587 - 07/28/10 08:40 AM Re: Best open face reel for the money? [Re: jsix321]
Impulse Offline
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Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 325
Loc: Montgomery, TX
I've got Stella's, Sustains and Stradics and there's no doubt they're great reels. But bang for the buck, I'd go with an Okuma- one of their high end models.

My current favorite spinning reels are "Line Winder" brand, which is a sister brand of the Okuma factory, sold into China. Their low end is a little spotty (just like most), but their high end is great.

Whatever you choose, make sure you can get parts. That's a big problem with a lot of the private branded reels coming from China for the big box stores- they may be great reels, but they just don't carry spare parts.
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