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Old 07-15-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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What is the best bang for buck small spinning reel? I like to use it for koke/trout type fishing 6-8lb line. I don't mind spending the extra $ for something that will last either. I really like shimano but $100-150 for a trout reel don't make too much sense either.

Also, where is the best place to buy online? The local stores around Seattle here don't have much selection now that Joe's is gone. I used to buy 90% of my stuff from that place.

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Old 07-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #2
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You can call fishermans marine and they can ship it to you direct.
There number is (503)-557-3313
I would suggest either a sienna, solstace, or sedona in either a 500, 1000 or 2500 size
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:18 PM   #3
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Shimano IX2000. They're about $15-20 at Fred Meyer, Wal Mart, or Bi Mart. 4.1:1 retrieve, trigger-fire casting system, rear drag adjustment, graphite body. It's just about all I use on my ultra-light outfits.

I use some of the more expensive shimano spin reels on my medium spin rods for steelies/large trout/bass.

For the small, light weight outfits though the inexpensive shimano is what I use most of. I've never, ever had an issue with them, and the oldest one I've got is 20 years old and still ticking, still catching fish. Hard to find a better value.
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:33 PM   #4
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You can get Shimano reels for under $100.
I got my Sedona's on sale for like $45 or something around there...
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I was just at the Oregon City Fishermans Marine Supply and they have some Shimano Saharas on sale for under $50.00.
That's a solid deal, but I think it's "While supplies Last."
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Buy an Okuma Avenger about $25. Excellent reels.
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Pflueger president 60$
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Bi-Mart carries Shimano Sienna (?) model for $29. Its going on the trout rods I'm putting together.
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Fisherman's had the shimano symetre for less then 50 bucks. Very nice reel.
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Okuma!
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Shimano! even the cheaper ones are better than other manufacturers good reels
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shimano has the best waranty in the game boys
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Not to offend anyone else, but cheap Shimano's are better than cheap Okuma's... Okuma has some nice reels if you pay for them, but their cheaper models are garbagio.
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Been very happy with my Pflueger Infusion spinning reels. Only have 2 seasons on em but so far they're great. I think they were around 60 bucks. Also very happy with the Okuma Epixor, good reel for the money.
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:50 PM   #15
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I've caught hundreds of coho and chinook on my little $25 Okuma Avengers for many years now including a 23# coho.
Never had one break and the drag system is superb.
I've worn out a couple of them to where they grind a bit but when you catch literally hundreds of big salmonids on those little AV-30's they ain't gonna last forever.
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What is the best bang for buck small spinning reel? I like to use it for koke/trout type fishing 6-8lb line. I don't mind spending the extra $ for something that will last either. I really like shimano but $100-150 for a trout reel don't make too much sense either.

Also, where is the best place to buy online? The local stores around Seattle here don't have much selection now that Joe's is gone. I used to buy 90% of my stuff from that place.
I always go cheap for trout. I have a small 4-8lb shakespeare something or other, and it was about $22.00. It is smooth and no problems with it in over a year.
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Buy an Okuma Avenger about $25. Excellent reels.


Love 'em!!
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Not to offend anyone else, but cheap Shimano's are better than cheap Okuma's... Okuma has some nice reels if you pay for them, but their cheaper models are garbagio.

Ive pretty much ahd the same experience with the Avengers as BTWB. Ive put loads of fish on the bank with the Avengers I have.Used a couple for about 5 years now.Couldnt count how many stealhead,and big silvers ive landed with nary a problem.Not to mention a several nookies.

I would take an Avenger over a a cheap shimano any day.They are at least as good a reel as the Symetre.And yes Ive had a few of those too.But they were well over double the $
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Love 'em!!
Where are you getting the avenger for $25. I googled and they list 35-50.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:32 AM   #20
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Any Shimano reel. As stated before, they start at about 20 bucks and the models go up by about 10 bucks as they add features. They're all good.

I would suggest the 1000 series for a trout reel.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:40 AM   #21
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I've also had good luck with my Okuma Avengers although for salt I went to Penn Spinfishers.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:41 AM   #22
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For that exact application I use a Mitchel Avocet 2000 size. Reel is about $20, and the spool changes are very quick with the system they have.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:50 AM   #23
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Sorry but i take back more cheapie Shimano's then I do the Okuma Avengers. We also sell more of the Avengers then ANY other cheap Shimano reels. As for Quality the Pluger President is the most popular spinning reel in the nation right now.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:54 AM   #24
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If you're looking for ultra light go with Sedona 500, but if you're looking for something more versatile I'd suggest Sedona 2500. Both come with lifetime warranty and they are around $40.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:57 AM   #25
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Another vote for the Okuma Avengers. I've got a few of them on my trout rods. You don't need anything more than the Okuma on a trout rod.

I've caught hundreds of 5+ lb trout at Rufus Woods. The biggest are a couple at 11lbs.

If the Avenger will hold up fine to those fish,they hold up fine to what most guys call a trout.
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Where are you getting the avenger for $25. I googled and they list 35-50.

Bi-Mart and they often have them on sale for under 25.00

I'm not sure what they sell them for normally but I'm pretty sure it's under 30.00
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Where are you getting the avenger for $25. I googled and they list 35-50.
Every one of my Avengers were under $20. You just have to watch for a sale.
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:01 AM   #28
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Shimano Sedona about $40-50
Shimano Sienna about $30
Anything made by Okuma will not last as long as a comparable Shimano. If you want to buy an Okuma go and get a Harbor Freight tools brand reel. Imported from China and essentially the same as Okuma. I have a couple that I left at my wifes family lake huose in Washington so I wouldn't have to bring rods when I went up there. I think that I spent like $12 on them.
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Some pretty generic statements about reel brands here from "all junk" to "all great". Penn doesn't try and compare their Captiva reels against their Internations, not sure we should make similar assumptions.

Oh yeah, ifish4king, not Ford, not Chevy, but Dodge.....
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E-bay has the best prices for most reels. I got 5 symetre's in the 2500 size, new in box for $220.00 and thats with shipping. That reel retails for $99.00 each.
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I bought a lightweight Sedona for my ultralight G-Loomis rod.

I love the Sedona and it was only like 45 bones on sale. The thing is the best reel Ive ever owned. But my experience is limited to mostly Shakespeare stuff, but this thing feels so solid, smooth, and the drag system is great. Its worth every penny, and its all I need on my ultralight spinning setup.

I have to say Ive caught more fish on my 4 foot ugly stick ultralight setup, that I paid 25 bucks for at Walmart, however Ive used it more, and it fits in my car. My G-Loomis rod is 6 feet long and isnt a 2 piecer so it doesnt fit in my car all the time.
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Here’s just a few pic’s of coho, Chinook and steelhead I’ve caught since 2001 on AV-30 Avengers in the Cowlitz, Toutle, Elochoman and Kalama rivers.
These are just the pic’s that I’ve uploaded on photobucket and I have hundred’s more on my puter that I haven’t uploaded.
A couple of the pic’s were 4 fish limits I caught last year drifting eggs on my Avengers before I finally permanently switched over to my Curado.
The one pic has 4 coho weighing a total of 70#’s with the biggest a 20# coho.
Those little reels (AV-30) have handled big fish like this for 8 or 9 years now without a failure.
Not bad considering I paid $20-$30 for each and every one of them.
A couple of them have worn out gears…I wonder if Okuma would give me a couple free ones?
Well I think a $30 reel ought be guaranteed for 300 fish a piece…








































































Now days I use my Curado and 5501 levelwinds more than my coffee grinders.
I only use my coffee grinders when casting is a problem, ie, brush behind me or light lead or no weight at all.
I just like the feel of them pulling drag on the level winds better than that of the spinners.
And no line twist.












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Well I think it does prove that "inexpensive" does not always mean "cheap".
I was kind of surprised at some of the comments (negative) I read aimed at the Okuma reels.
I have heard nothing but good from many folks i know that have used them for years including Brad who is one of the biggest names in the business and an outstanding fishermen and hunter.

My newer thinner bodied AV-30's I have not really put to the test yet although I did catch a lot of big coho on them last year.
As I mentioned I use my level winds more often now days and that's when I'll give Shimano a big pat on the back cause that Curado is sweet and proven itself but they don't give them away.
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Well I think it does prove that "inexpensive" does not always mean "cheap".
I was kind of surprised at some of the comments (negative) I read aimed at the Okuma reels.
I have heard nothing but good from many folks i know that have used them for years including Brad who is one of the biggest names in the business and an outstanding fishermen and hunter.

My newer thinner bodied AV-30's I have not really put to the test yet although I did catch a lot of big coho on them last year.
As I mentioned I use my level winds more often now days and that's when I'll give Shimano a big pat on the back cause that Curado is sweet and proven itself but they don't give them away.
No really, you win. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, you left a 34,000 word editorial. But you do make a great point.

On the bad press, seems like there have been a couple problems with Okuma reels and their drags on some of there cheaper level winds, but they are few and far between and bad out of the box, if bad at all. Probably not unlike any other brand of reels though. I own a lot of reels, penns to avets, and half a dozen Okumas. I own some larger Okuma Titus 20L's that have hauled up more than their share of big hali under adverse conditions year after year, never a proble, I also own a pair of avengers that I set up for steelhead, but have taken out and fished for casting swimbaits to tuna jumpers.....

I have seen one out of the box bad Okuma ( my buddy's), but it was clear it had no drag at first test, so went back for a new one.
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I'ved used cheap okuma levelwinds and mid-priced okuma levelwinds. The cheap okuma levelwinds are junk. I think the midpriced okuma levelwinds are a good value and are on par or slightly better than my shimano catala's.

That all being said I own several avengers and have been plenty happy with them. However, last year I got a pflueger president, and I really like that reel. Cost more than avenger but cheaper then many of the shimano spinning reels.

Bottom line for most trout fishing most any small spinning reel will do. Salmon/Steelhead is a different story...
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I'll have to check out that Pflueger president although I have plenty Okuma AV-30's to last me awhile.

I have also had mixed results with the Okuma level winds and don't like the way my newer one I bought last year cast.
It'a a 250LX and will work great for plunking or trolling (which i don't do) but it was a nightmare attempting to cast plugs last fall.

The Avengers though...sweet!
And the drag systems are supreme!
I never wore out a single drag on an Avenger and that I find amazing.
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geeze Dano, caught just a few silvers havent ya? lol
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OK you win, I will give Okuma spinning reels another try.
I have a new metaloid sitting in the garage that I won a few years ago, maybe I will try it out throwing spinners on the D this weekend. Still not budging from my shimano baitcasters though.

How does the Avenger line compare to the Metaloid line?
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OK you win, I will give Okuma spinning reels another try.
I have a new metaloid sitting in the garage that I won a few years ago, maybe I will try it out throwing spinners on the D this weekend. Still not budging from my shimano baitcasters though.

How does the Avenger line compare to the Metaloid line?
I'm don't recall how the Metaloid compares with the Avenger series as I'm so far removed from the fishing tackle industry.
But the Avenger is a low priced competive series that is of extremely good quality.
The drag systems in them are superb.

I used to be seen on the rivers carrying 3 of them, one rigged for drift fishing, one for bobber fishing and one for casting spinners.
That way i didn't have to re-rig all the time and could easily fish multiple holes mulitiple ways.
Now days the spinners don't get used much and I throw plugs at the fish alot.

My coffee grinders don't get used much either as I favor my level winds but do have several Avengers and rods i let guest use that show up with no equipment or the wrong equipment.
Sometimes I get folks show up to fish coho with albacore gear.

A couple times I invited a bunch of folks up for some Cowlitz fun and only one gal showed up and the guys flaked out.
MrsA shows but doesn't even have the right gear so I let her use one of my Avengers armed with 10# Big Game and a BW-29.
The results...her first ever coho @ 20.05 pounds.



Just another big fish landed on an AV-30 without any problems.

Yes Russ, I catch a few coho.
But they are my favorite fish to fish for in the rivers and i do live in Coho Country, USA.
Hatchery production is being widely curtailed but i have the Cowlitz, Toutle, Kalama and Elochoman in my back yard.
I rarely fish the Lewis anymore but have coho pic's of Lewis fish somewhere also.
They are pretty plentiful and easy to catch in my neck of the woods.
Here's a couple other Avenger/coho pic's I came across this morning.
I have lots more somewhere...









Again, other than wearing out a couple Avengers (rough gear grind), they have been flawless.
But when you catch a lot of fish and big fish on spinning reels, i would expect that.
At 100-200 salmon/steelhead and $30 a reel, I can throw em away and figure I got my monies worth out of them.
I never lubricated or maintained them in any way also so maybe that didn't help.
What's unbelievable for me is that i never wore out a drag system on any of them.
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Ive used the President and my Shimano Sedona, and the Sedona was cheaper, lighter, and feels nicer.

Not saying anything against the Pflueger, but the Shimano to me seems to be the better buy.
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Geese what is this a brag post or a reel post!? haha
Nice pics of the HO's though! Getting me amped for this Fall.
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Geese what is this a brag post or a reel post!? haha
Nice pics of the HO's though! Getting me amped for this Fall.
Nope, just a blatant advertisement for Okuma.
But that's ok, they are a sponsor.
I've got a lot of folks fishing that reel in the last 8 years or so.

And yes, the coho are just around the corner!
Sure would like to see a lot of jacks again but I have never seen huge jack numbers on the same year as large (quanity) adult returns.
In other word...never seen back to back big coho returns.
Feast or Famine it seems...
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Pflueger president 60$

Yes!! or the ASARO one of the smoothest i have used
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:27 PM   #46
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Same here, I caught a 25lb wild salmon in fast water on a AV30 last week. Never had one bust, and I perform ZERO maintenance. Paid 19.99 for most of them.
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I've caught hundreds of coho and chinook on my little $25 Okuma Avengers for many years now including a 23# coho.
Never had one break and the drag system is superb.
I've worn out a couple of them to where they grind a bit but when you catch literally hundreds of big salmonids on those little AV-30's they ain't gonna last forever.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:32 PM   #47
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I prefer the shimano spinning reels, like a sedona- very smooth. The cheapy okumas rub me the wrong way. I had a couple of them and just couldn't stand 'em. Shimano, shimano, shimano
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:35 PM   #48
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shimano sedona good price last a long time my
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:18 PM   #49
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okuma ignite IT-20 or IT-30
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:57 PM   #50
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Another vote for Okuma Avenger, I have taken mine to Alaska for silvers the last 3 years. Hundreds of fish and not a problem. That was after burning up a couple of Sedonas the years before. For all other fishing I use baitcasters. But for the budget, Avengers win hands down
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