Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 96
Rated 3 out of 5 by olli12popo Ok for the money
After two seasons of using this real, the threads on the shaft stripped leaving the real free spinning. Granted I had landed two dozen salmon with it but it did fail! Furthermore, no repair parts are available.
November 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by gregh46 reel
Nice reasonably priced fly reel. It is the go reel when I'm traveling either fresh water or salt.
October 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 Quality at a bargin
About two years ago I bought one of these reels as a back-up to a Reddington reel that cost four times what this one does. My Reddington never failed, but after having this reel sit unused for a year, I put it on on a whim. I have now been using it exclusively on my 5wt TFO.
I can't believe you can get a reel of this quality at this price. If the cheap price is holding you back from buying it because you are worried about it feeling like a cheap reel, rest assured that this reel would be a bargain at twice the price. It is smooth, light, and solid in every aspect.
I now own three of them and leave them set up with three different lines because, at this price, why not?
August 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by DougVermont Has stood up to everything I throw at it.
I bought one of these reels, a 5/6 in 2003 or 2004. I went to finally replace it, when I realized I was -not- replacing it because it was broken. I have never lost a fish because of this reel, and I have never had a maintenance issue (and I haven't babied it).
I almost feel bad replacing it. This reel has been one heck of a work-horse for me. I fish a 5wt (a lot) mostly for trout, but, it's my go-to setup for anything. This reel has been the only one I've used for 8 years
Recently, on a trip to Alaska -- I broke my 8wt rod. I brought my 8wt, and my 5wt. So I started fishing a 5wt rig for Salmon (which including this reel, going from a Lamson cork drag reel on the 8wt setup, to this reel on the 5wt rod). It wasn't the appropriate setup, but, this reel still did the job.
I have a variety of other reels these days, and I actually even like it (functionality-wise) as my 2/3 reel from "that big fly fishing company" (you know the one.) -- sure this reel doesn't look like a piece of jewelry... But I throw mine on gravel bars, in the back of trucks, drop it in mud.. and still land fish with it.
For the price, you can't go wrong. If this gets you on the stream, go for it.
July 26, 2012