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Old 05-27-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default Islander Reels

Looking at a possible purchase of an Islander MR Series Mooching reel. $500 bones is a pretty stiff chunk to swallow.
Anybody have any leads to save a few bucks?



Islander MR Series Salmon Moocher Fly Reels


THE Westcoast Guide Reel is the MR2. It is the reel of choice for the salmon and halibut guides of the Pacific Northwest. We are quite confident in saying that there is no match for the Islander MR2 in the salmon mooching market today.

There is an anti-reverse model available to eliminate the dreaded "knuckle busting".

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All major components machined from solid bar stock aluminum and stainless steel

Spool-side drag adjustment knob
Free-spool lever
Super rugged design
3 sealed stainless steel bearings
2 year warranty
Anti-Reverse Model Available.
The MR2 is available in Anodized Gold or Silver, Hardcoat Anodized Black, or Anodized Clear coating that accentuates the mirror-finish on the reel. The ARMR2 is available in Anodized Gold and Hardcoat Anodized Black only. The MR3 is available in Anodized Gold, Hardcoat Anodized Black and the new Electric Blue shown below.





MR2 Line Weight:
Spool Diameter: 4.25 in
Spool Width: 1.00 in
Spool Volume: 10.08 in 3
Weight: 16oz
Capacity: 350 20 lb
Our Low Price: $500.00
Retail: $585.00

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Old 05-27-2008, 09:24 PM   #2
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Pretty. Joining the dark side are we??? Best single action you can get IMHO. I've got some Shimano's you can play with in the mean time... I'd check with Tomic, he might have a couple of MR2's looking for a home. Let me know what you find out there.

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Old 05-27-2008, 09:33 PM   #3
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I'm assuming you're looking to use it strictly for mooching and not as a fly reel. I'm kinda in the same boat looking for an "affordable" fly reel to use for chinook, tarpon, and albacore. A fly reel I'm seriously considering that would probably work fine for mooching is the 12 weight model Pflueger Trion for under $200. It will hold 250 yds of 30lb dacron backing, - probably double that without the flyline. Also it reputedly has a very smooth drag and anti-reverse (one-way clutch drag).


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Old 05-27-2008, 09:39 PM   #4
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:57 AM   #5
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:21 PM   #6
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I have a Daiwa, Shimano and Islander MR-2 single action reels. The Diawa and shimano are comparable and good reel for the price. However, they do not compare to the Islander for a serious mooching reel. They do not compare in price either. Fortunately, my sweet wife gave me the Islander for Christmas a couple years ago.

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Old 05-28-2008, 07:30 PM   #7
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..ah so..the VERY darkest side.....))))

I have 2 X Hardy Longstones FS..but no Islanders.. The MR2 is better for some things, it has a freespool lever, the MR3 does not. The 3 has the killer drag and is reversible.

note on the Hardys, all proceeds from sale split 50/50 between ifish and CCA

PM me for a list of non ifish vendors that have better deals than $5 bones.. (but not by 2 much)

here are pics of 3, the wood reel is a Peetz, the silver the hardy and the Gold is an MR2



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Pretty. Joining the dark side are we??? Best single action you can get IMHO. I've got some Shimano's you can play with in the mean time... I'd check with Tomic, he might have a couple of MR2's looking for a home. Let me know what you find out there.

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Old 05-28-2008, 10:57 PM   #8
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Get the old ones Pearly...old school baby. I'm just worried you are getting darn close to fly fishing gear tho.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:04 PM   #9
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I'm assuming you're looking to use it strictly for mooching and not as a fly reel. I'm kinda in the same boat looking for an "affordable" fly reel to use for chinook, tarpon, and albacore. A fly reel I'm seriously considering that would probably work fine for mooching is the 12 weight model Pflueger Trion for under $200. It will hold 250 yds of 30lb dacron backing, - probably double that without the flyline. Also it reputedly has a very smooth drag and anti-reverse (one-way clutch drag).
Check out the Fin-Nor No.2 or maybe a No.3. A No.3 may be a tad too big. I used a No.2 w/10 wt on tarpon up to 100 pounds. Tough and designed for the salt. No bending frames on these bad boys! I don't know what they cost these days. I bought mine 20 years ago for about 200 bucks each.


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