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    Re: New reel recommendation

    nautilus for sure if you want a decent drag on a 7wt. i picked one up a few years ago on a closeout internet deal for %60 off. look around before you buy cuz those reels can be pricey

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    I will second the nautlis. They now have the FWX that retails for 280 in 7/8 wt

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Sage, Lamson, Ross. Stay away from Nautilus. Junk. Got one in a trade and couldn't believe a plastic drag knob on a reel at any price point especially one that expensive. Mirage is a lot of $ but good reel. Hatch is king. Sage 4000 and 6000 plus two Evokes for spey and switch are my guide fleet.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by coloradoguide View Post
    Sage, Lamson, Ross. Stay away from Nautilus. Junk. Got one in a trade and couldn't believe a plastic drag knob on a reel at any price point especially one that expensive. Mirage is a lot of $ but good reel. Hatch is king. Sage 4000 and 6000 plus two Evokes for spey and switch are my guide fleet.
    Got lots of Nautilus's, not one of them has plastic anything anywhere on the reel. You like fishing those Chinese made reels though...

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Hmmm, 3 year old thread. My guess is he settled on a reel........................3 years ago.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Nautilus that I had did have plastic drag knob, guess it was an early model. Sage reels are machined in South Korea by an aerospace contractor who's technology is "slightly more advanced" than the local machine shop in the U.S. My cousin is a toolmaker in Erie, and they still use manual lathes, and it is his opinion that quality comes down to quality equipment used in manufacturing processes. Just what I have been told and that early Nautilus was a P.O.S.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by coloradoguide View Post
    Nautilus that I had did have plastic drag knob, guess it was an early model. Sage reels are machined in South Korea by an aerospace contractor who's technology is "slightly more advanced" than the local machine shop in the U.S. My cousin is a toolmaker in Erie, and they still use manual lathes, and it is his opinion that quality comes down to quality equipment used in manufacturing processes. Just what I have been told and that early Nautilus was a P.O.S.

    Having worked in my grandfather's machine shop growing up, we were able to hold tolerances as tight as 1/10,000th of an inch on manual lathes and that was back in the early and mid 80s. Pretty sure 1/10,000th is tight enough to spin a reel

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Nautilus reels don't have plastic parts. Of the 3 models they make the FWX is the smallest and lightest and features a fully sealed drag and no plastic parts. For the price it's a great reel. I haven't met a guy yet who hasn't had an issue with a given reel. I had a hatch reel matched up with my Hardy zenith a couple of years ago. It's a great reel but it locked up a few times during the season. Easy enough to correct even though it was annoying. I have had more then a few people complain about sage reels. To each his own.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by MACFLY View Post
    Nautilus reels don't have plastic parts. Of the 3 models they make the FWX is the smallest and lightest and features a fully sealed drag and no plastic parts. For the price it's a great reel. I haven't met a guy yet who hasn't had an issue with a given reel. I had a hatch reel matched up with my Hardy zenith a couple of years ago. It's a great reel but it locked up a few times during the season. Easy enough to correct even though it was annoying. I have had more then a few people complain about sage reels. To each his own.

    For unknown reasons, Hatch seems to have taken over for Abel as the high end reel. It might be marketing because Hatch targets the millennials these days. But I wouldn't trade my Abel Big Game for any other reel out there.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    For unknown reasons, Hatch seems to have taken over for Abel as the high end reel. It might be marketing because Hatch targets the millennials these days. But I wouldn't trade my Abel Big Game for any other reel out there.
    Plus I got a nice Christmas Card from Hatch.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by FIN-ITE 34 View Post
    Plus I got a nice Christmas Card from Hatch.
    Don't you mean holiday card

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