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6 hours ago, Royal Blue said:

Hard to go wrong with a Pflueger.  A lot less money too.

Pfish hate Pflueger.  At least that's what I heard.  Do not try a Patriarch.  You will be ruint.

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The plueger and Abu spinning reels are the same reels in comparable models over the last 4 years.  I have both the older xt pluegers and some revo sx, sxt, and premier spinning reels.  The newer sxt revo and premier has a great drag and excellent spool for braid.  I like them over about anything I have tried.  You pay more for lighter  reel and a better drag. 

Used to only have stradics, but they aren't what they used to be.  

Also, Champs spinning reels.work good because he uses them twice a year😀

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I've always wanted to splurge on a high dollar spinning reel, but I've not hardly been using them like I used to.  I got so tired of getting Ned rigs hung up that I don't throw it much.  I'm using them for crappie and shakey heads more than anything.  Maybe to throw a small Keitech.

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7 minutes ago, Royal Blue said:

I've always wanted to splurge on a high dollar spinning reel, but I've not hardly been using them like I used to.  I got so tired of getting Ned rigs hung up that I don't throw it much.  I'm using them for crappie and shakey heads more than anything.  Maybe to throw a small Keitech.

You throwing neds with weed guards?   I put weed guards on mine and i dont lose very many at all.

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I am very fortunate to be not only gifted lots of fishing tackle but also offered merchandise at both dealer cost and build cost.  I have had reel bins with at this point probably 50 to 100 reels in them.

If we are talking about spinning reels I have gifted reels from Plueger, Garcia, Lew's, BP. Shimano, Daiwa ,Quantum and probably about 1/2 dozen more brands out there, including Falcon, and yes they make a reel.

The only spinning reels in my boats are Diawa and Shimano.  For the lighter stuff 1500 to  2000 series ie the trout fishing I use pretty much only Diawa.  Tactula and Certaite.I do have several Fuego's but they are the older versions and are still smooth as butter.  

All my bass spinning reels are Shimano 2500 to 3000 series size wise  I'm using Stradic, Sustain and Stella.  Have not tried the Exsence but will nab a couple of them this year.

My spinning reels are my life blood and are used 300 days a year by people that for the most part don't know how to use them, or could give a flip what they do to them.  Engaging the handle while baits are flying thru the air, cranking against the drag, dropping them all over heck's creation including in the water and treating them like a winch on a boat trailer.

And yes this equipment is on the upper end quality and price wise

  I have spoken many times to the guys are BP reel service center both the guys taking in the reels and also the tech's.  I usually will have 20 or so cleaned at a time and I will tell you the service is fantastic and the price is very competitive.  To the man they will tell you every reel is judged by how it preforms against a Shimano or a Diawa.  Every spinning reel is judged against a Stella and every bait caster is judged against a Steez.

One of the guys told me once look in our repaired sales case and see how many different brands have failed.  Do you see any Shimano or Diawa reels in our refurbish case?  He said we sell thousands of them and 10's of thousands of reels.  Very seldom do we every have any.

I absolute love Lew's upper end reels and their Super Duty is as good as it gets for heavy stressful pounding, but when push comes to shove and grandma has left you a nice gift to buy an item that is your special treat or your one big splurge,  that bait caster says across the front bar  STEEZ   that spinning reel says across the spool STELLA.

With money most of the time being an eliminating factor you pretty much go from there.  You will never be sorry you purchased the best either Shimano or Daiwa spinning reel you could afford.

Good Luck

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Once again, thanks to all you boys for your thoughtful input. I realize a fishing reel can kinda be like your ball glove, your choice of vehicle. What feels right for you! I did have the price listed wrong. It was 99 dollars. I bought a few other items on the 25 days of Christmas sale, including some Bandit crankbaits simply because somebody on here liked them. I went to BassPro yesterday to buy a new walleye rod and checked out the Daiwa Fuego. It seemed like it was a smooth reel. But i was disappointed that BP was also selling it for 99 dollars so no real savings at TackleWarehouse. Appreciate all the advice and opinions from you boys! Go Chiefs!!!!

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15 hours ago, fozzype said:

Also, Champs spinning reels.work good because he uses them twice a year😀

Hey now, Donna and several others on here including Ranger185 will tell you that I can hold my own with most anyone come the post-spawn shaky head bite. I'm sneaky like that. You guys just THINK that I'm purely a winder. 😆 🤣

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