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    Re: New reel recommendation

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    Don't you mean holiday card
    It says, "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year". Do you need a picture for proof?


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Guess DC is going to have to take down that Hatch ad now..


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by emoussa View Post
    Guess DC is going to have to take down that Hatch ad now..
    Well the back of the card does say, "happy holiday season". Maybe that and the $$$ make it ok.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Im suprised no one mentioned Bauer Reels.......smooth as silk....well built by Americanos.....

    "I'm not out on the river to win." -Kieth Rutherford

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by lightenup View Post
    Im suprised no one mentioned Bauer Reels.......smooth as silk....well built by Americanos.....
    I thought Bauer made hockey equipment?


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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.
    Hatch is big shit these days because everyone equates the whole reel being machined as a big deal, vs. everyone else bolting the foot of the reel on. Has anyone had their high-end reel fall off their rod because the foot got unbolted? Didn't think so. Hatch reels are nice, don't get me wrong, but I'm told by folks that have fished both extensively in the salt that the drag on the Nautilus is much better.

    Roll up the windows Brian, you're letting the stank out.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by FIN-ITE 34 View Post
    I thought Bauer made hockey equipment?
    I really hope you were being funny.....
    Bauer Fly Reels

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    I have an Abel super 8 and bg3. It is dependable but is also the ONLY reel that I have to oil and fuss with before I use it. Comparing a Hatch and Nautilus is Bentley vs. Cadillac. Both nice but no comparison. Reels boil down to drag and quality of machining. Drag boils down to dead lift in pounds, fade due to heat, and startup inertia. Hatch is the smoothest reel I've ever used and Abel startup depends on when it was last oiled as does any simple cork drag. Stiction occurs when they sit around. As far as lifting power goes, galvan runs away with the current record for a fly reel and if you don't believe me ask the tournament IGFA billfish flyrod record chaser and consistent champion who fishes with me for steelhead.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by coloradoguide View Post
    I have an Abel super 8 and bg3. It is dependable but is also the ONLY reel that I have to oil and fuss with before I use it. Comparing a Hatch and Nautilus is Bentley vs. Cadillac. Both nice but no comparison. Reels boil down to drag and quality of machining. Drag boils down to dead lift in pounds, fade due to heat, and startup inertia. Hatch is the smoothest reel I've ever used and Abel startup depends on when it was last oiled as does any simple cork drag. Stiction occurs when they sit around. As far as lifting power goes, galvan runs away with the current record for a fly reel and if you don't believe me ask the tournament IGFA billfish flyrod record chaser and consistent champion who fishes with me for steelhead.

    All those things are nice, but there's not a brown, brookie or bow on the planet that can't be landed with a Pflueger Medalist......the only reason I own an Abel is because I paid half price new at the time. Fast or very strong fish like steelhead and some of the saltwater species (tuna, bones, etc.) do require an excellent drag, but not the average trout.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by lightenup View Post
    Im suprised no one mentioned Bauer Reels.......smooth as silk....well built by Americanos.....
    They make a great reel LU with a very solid drug system that is as you say very smooth. For trout fishing I think that that's what's really key. Really plenty of onions for folks these days and a price range to match your budget as well.

    "Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point." - Thomas McGuane

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by lightenup View Post
    I really hope you were being funny.....
    Bauer Fly Reels
    I own a Bauer MZ3 reel and Bauer Supreme skates. I was joking, but not about Bauer making hockey equipment. I've worn Bauer skates since I was 5 years old. I'm 60 now and still skate in them.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Rusty you are exactly right. Click and pall and palming rims are all you need for most trout. A trip to the Taylor River in Colorado, or the Beaverhead, where giant trout (10-25 lbs) on 6 and 7x tippets are the norm are the exception. Startup inertia becomes super important in said scenarios but almost nowhere else.


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