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Old 02-03-2012, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you recommend for Saltwater Fly Fishing?
JRWP Water-resistant Saltwater Fly Reels:
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Grain of salt this because I havent used them for saltwater yet, but Im very impressed with the Allen reels Ive purchased and definitely intend to get one of these when I build my next rod:

http://www.allenflyfishing.com/products/alpha-ii-reel

They are really great pieces of machinery and get solid scores across the board from the reviews Ive seen and from my personal experience.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There are so many that will get you into SW Flyfishing. There's servicable ones from $75-$1000 (Plueger to Charlton/ Mako) so as you can see that's quite a range.

Let's start with what's your budget and then I think you'll get some detailed replies.

Those Allen do look nice and I like the Warranty at that price.

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Old 02-04-2012, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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While I agree with Hauler, until you can give us a price class, it's hard to narrow down the field. That being said, I would look into the Orvis brand of reels. I believe their "Hydros" line of reels are mid-priced. Orvis' warranties are pretty much unbeatable.

Several years ago, I stripped the drag on my Orvis reel. After catching hundreds of blues and stripers over the years, the drag just pretty much gave out. I sent it back to Orvis and they completely rebuilt it for no charge. They even shipped it back to me for free. Hard to beat a company like that.............GHOSTRIDER
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i bought 2 allen fly reels last year. alpha 2 7/8 models. caught plenty of fish on both reels. with just hosing them down with some water. i cleaned them last night and they seem to be holding up well. i second allen fly reels. for cheep salt water reels.[img]thumb.gif[/img]

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Old 02-05-2012, 11:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would agree with the above comments.

I looked at the website for the "JRWP Water-resistant Saltwater Fly Reels". While $75 is a good price for a 9wt reel...I have concerns.

1. I never heard of them or recall they being discussed anywhere
2. No warranty or guarantee is mentioned
3. You usually get what you pay for
4. Good luck finding someone in Shanghai for a refund or service
5. Why would I send $75 to an unknown company in Shanghai for an unproven product when I could get a great quality reel for the same price or not much more from Orvis, Ross, TFO, Sage, Cabelas, etc.-with a product guarantee and service if needed.
6. Shanghai? Really?
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Check out Galvan or Solitude...both U.S. made; both carry lifetime warranty i believe...have not used either of them but after endless internet searching decided to upgrade to one of them...saw the Solitude at the Somerset show and liked it...no plastic parts and not too heavy...good luck
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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All above reels are good not sure bout the shanghi tho, my experience with low to moderate price reels are sage 1680 7-9wt(new @100.00) awsome reel! colton awsome!reddington awsome! for their price
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I think we all went for this like a chartreuse clouser casted among some boulders during a late May sunrise!!!!!!

Two posts with a link to a manufacturer in Shanghai?

Things that make you go...hmmmmm???

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Old 02-06-2012, 02:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Lol woops.
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