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I have never really shelled out the cash for a spinning reel. I was looking to upgrade my spoon rod with a new spinning setup. I really dont know much about what spinning reels are out there and what the pros and cons are on them. I was looking to spend around $100-$150. Any advice would be appreciated
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I'd go with the Shimana Saros 3000 its a very nice tough spinning reel for about 100 bones. It will be my next spinning reel. Bob Barthlow put them on his spinning rigs I believe, maybe he will chime in on how the handle everyday use.

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Pflueger Presidents work great for me. I can't seem to make a reel last more than a few years even with upkeep, but these seem to work forever.
 

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Take a look at the Quantum Energy spinning reels. Great value for a 10 bearing reel, lifetime guaranteed bail system, ceramic multi-disc drag, spare spool, aluminum frames, titanium finish. They're in your price range, and are currently eligible for a $15 rebate.

If you don't want to spend quite as much, you can get a Quantum Catalyst. Very similar except 8 bearings.

You can click the link in my signature for more info on Quantum product, or you can ask me here.... I'm always happy to help.
 

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I second the Symetre. I bought one a month or so ago and it's a very smooth, great reel for the money. And it's under your price range.
 

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i have a over a dozen symetre's for my bass rods and they are great. i abuse them pretty bad and they hold up. i also use them for 99% of my steelhead fishing. great reel and a great price.

i have heard that those quantums are good too. peddlers knows what he is talking about.

for a cheap work horse of a reel i like the okuma fina. dirt cheap,strong as a horse. i have had clients beat the hell out of these things and they keep going. i don't know if they make them anymore. i bought out the entire stock olympia boaters world had when they said they were going to quit stocking them. i love those p.o.s. 's
 

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i have a over a dozen symetre's for my bass rods and they are great. i abuse them pretty bad and they hold up. i also use them for 99% of my steelhead fishing. great reel and a great price.

i have heard that those quantums are good too. peddlers knows what he is talking about.

for a cheap work horse of a reel i like the okuma fina. dirt cheap,strong as a horse. i have had clients beat the hell out of these things and they keep going. i don't know if they make them anymore. i bought out the entire stock olympia boaters world had when they said they were going to quit stocking them. i love those p.o.s. 's
I have an Okuman Alumina 8 ball bearing right now and it has been good to me. I just want to get something different now. The symetres sound nice but I would also like to check out the energy pt. Is The Saros better then the Symetres I was looking at both last night.
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I enjoy my Quantum Catalyst PTi. I use it for trout fishing for the most part. Quantum has a $15 online discount claim form if you purchase one from now until May 31st.
 

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Be sure and check out the Energy PT. Quality and Power. While your doing that ask to see the new Quantum Tour PT, 12 ball bearings. I would rate this reel higher than all the shimano`s and the Energy mentioned above. It is a little more $$ than your price range. But once you pick it up you may change your mind. Good Fishin`
 

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the flueger supreme is the best reel that i have used and it is right around $100. prob 1 of the lgihtest reels out there and it holds a lot of line. just dont use it in salt water
 

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Look for the Diawa Tierra or the Daiwa Exceler.
 

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Take a look at the Daiwa Exceler series. I have the 2500 and the 3000. Use both for fishing the rivers. Use for Salmon and Steelheading. They work great...never had a problem with either one. Smooth drag system. Very impressed!
Bought both at Sportco for around $60.00 each. You will not be dissappointed!
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Thanks for the help guys. Im gonna go out tonight to pick one up. So i guess Im just going to have to look at all of the above mentioned and see which one I like the best.
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Have fun! Thats the best part, just playing around with reels. When i worked at OE, thats pretty much all I did! :mrgreen:
 

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MOFO said:
Take a look at the Daiwa Exceler series. I have the 2500 and the 3000. Use both for fishing the rivers. Use for Salmon and Steelheading. They work great...never had a problem with either one. Smooth drag system. Very impressed!
Bought both at Sportco for around $60.00 each. You will not be dissappointed!
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I'd have to second the Exceler. I own a Symetre as well and definitely prefer the Exceler. On the other hand, if you're looking to mainly throw spoons, I'd recommend a level wind.
 

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JacobF said:
MOFO said:
Take a look at the Daiwa Exceler series. I have the 2500 and the 3000. Use both for fishing the rivers. Use for Salmon and Steelheading. They work great...never had a problem with either one. Smooth drag system. Very impressed!
Bought both at Sportco for around $60.00 each. You will not be dissappointed!
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I'd have to second the Exceler. I own a Symetre as well and definitely prefer the Exceler. On the other hand, if you're looking to mainly throw spoons, I'd recommend a level wind.


I ended up getting the pflueger president. I was comparing it to all the other reels and for the money it seemed to be a really good reel. My spoon rod is a spinning rod and I have never had the desire to use a level wind because i do perfectly fine with the spinning setup. I use my level wind on my float rod. I guess i just have them mixed up because most people prefer it the other way around ha ha. O well what can you do. ;)
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I recommend the Flueger President. I caught a lot of King's last season and it held up nice. Even full of sand (don't ask) it spins nice and fluid.
 
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