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Advice on finesse spinning reels
« on: June 27, 2019, 12:16:44 AM »

I am currently looking for a reel under or around $50-$60. Iíve just gotten back into fishing so Iím not confident in my ability to discern which BB, gear ratio, max drag, and spool size I should be considering.
I plan to pair the reel with a Dobyns SA 703SF for all finesse applications. So far whatís caught my eye is a simple Daiwa crossfire 25x. It has 4 BB, 5.3:1 ratio, 8.8# drag, and it holds around 170yards of 20# braid. Itís fairly cheap and thatís what worries me. Iíd rather go above my budget now than regret it later and ultimately spend more money. So if anyone can help, my preferred price range is anything under $60 for a quality lightweight reel but Iím willing to raise the budget if the reel is truly worth it.  :help:
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Re: Advice on finesse spinning reels
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2019, 10:19:58 PM »

I have had really good luck with the Mitchell Avocet 2000. Its about a $30 reel and has worked well for a long time.

Another reel I have had very good luck with is the Penn Fierce. Not the Penn Fierce II. I know the original model has a all metal frame and runs about the $50-60 range off eBay.
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Re: Advice on finesse spinning reels
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 09:34:58 AM »

I've also had good experiences with the small Mitchell's. I have one "Mitchell" and one Avocet. Only difference I see is the Mitchell has a couple more bearings. Can't tell the difference in use though.

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Re: Advice on finesse spinning reels
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 01:27:43 PM »

I like the Pflueger President reels best. The Trions are pretty good too but a little less so than tje Presidents.

I also own a Daiwa Regal and it is also a decent reel.

Personally I don't think you could go wrong with anything that anyone has recommended so far.

Keep us posted on what you dw ide on and how it works out for you.

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Re: Advice on finesse spinning reels
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2019, 09:23:07 AM »

I have a Diawa Fuego 2500LT that is paired with a Sierra 692SF.  The Fuego is a little above your budget -$99 (I think you may be able to get it for less);  however, the drag is so smooth, it's really nice.
I have heard good things about the Diawa Revros, which is at your price point as well as the Diawa Exceler which is a little above, but not much.
The Plueger President is a good reel; I have several, however, the Diawa Fuego was worth the extra $$ for me.
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Re: Advice on finesse spinning reels
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2019, 01:55:04 PM »

I have excellent things to say about Shimano spinning reels and I fish Daiwa baitcasters.
Every Shimano spinning reel I have used has been smooth and lasted heavy abuse.

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Re: Advice on finesse spinning reels
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 01:59:54 PM »

Unfortunately my rod came broken, but the bright side is I ordered the micro version and saw for myself that the guides will probably have trouble with a leader knot. So for now Iíve went with a Lewís Carbon Fire and I paired it with that Daiwa regal airbail that I was recommended. I havenít caught anything big enough to engage the drag but the gearís great, it feels light and reliable, casts far and the reel looks pretty cool with the line I have on it. All in all Iím happy with my purchase. I will probably try some of the other recommendations on my next rod.
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Re: Advice on finesse spinning reels
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2019, 09:34:59 PM »

congrats on your purchase. Make sure to post up pics and any good information on your catches and/or how you like the equipment when you get time with them.
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