If you look at the range from .25 all the way up to 9 pounds, you can fine tune this reel for 7X all the way up to a smooth drag of 4 pounds or more. Usually a good fly shop will be able to true up a bent spool (in the same way a good mountain bike shop might true up your wheel). Sage Fly Fishing. If anyone gave me the choice between a free Abel SD and Galvan Rush, I think I’d take the SD in a heartbeat, despite the fact that it didn’t acquire as many points. You can also add a personal touch to your Tibor Signature by adding one of Tibor’s exclusive engraved game fish designs or your own personal logo. Available in a range of sizes to suit varying line weights, the smallest Ross Evolution LT Fly Reel (for 1/2-weight line) tips the scale at just 3.8 ounces. Although there is a way to make the drag stronger or weaker by turning the rectangular piece inside the reel, the drag resistance doesn’t change much. Sage Spectrum LT 7/8 Fly Reel $400.00. I’ll set it light, knowing that I can easily over-ride the drag by palming the reel. 4. By nature, the click reels have a very weak maximum drag setting and have a very narrow range of drag adjustment. The range of drag adjustment wasn’t very good either; it seemed there wasn’t much difference between no drag and full drag. If I need to apply more drag, I’ll palm the reel carefully to increase the drag load, rather than re-adjust the drag. Reel seat machined in – can’t lose or loosen up on you, however dropping it may bend the reel seat, requiring more money to replace a frame, Handle:  Excellent large, easy to grab handle good size and shape but handle doesn’t feel as smooth as some rotating, “Sealed drag” works well, unless water gets in it, Reel feels heavier in hand than others (but feels more durable should you take a spill), #17 (tie) Loop Opti Dryfly     $585  – reel,   $265  x/spool. The main downside to the Liquid is that it’s not machined, rather it is cast in a high-pressure mold. Loop reels are machined in South Korea from the finest aircraft aluminum available. While they are not the lightest reels out there, they weigh under 6 ounces fully loaded and are just light enough to balance most modern lightweight 5-weights. Spool Removal:  Spool pushes out (good – can’t lose release cap since there isn’t one, although these can get tough to push out after several years of use). Extra 325 LA spools retail for $110. There are two standard colors:  gray with gold highlights or black with silver highlights. For the 5/6 weight reels, these categories are the ones that we felt are the most important; so we are giving them double points. The 5+ is better for 6 and even 7-weight lines. Like Bauer and Cheeky, Ross Reels donates 10% of each reel sold to the sport fish and wildlife restoration programs. Like most all of the click style reels, the Colorado LT has a very light maximum drag – you’ll have to be happy palming the rim of the spool to apply extra drag pressure when needed. Today, Ross fly reels are manufactured in Colorado. As we mentioned before, for most trout reels you are going to pick a relatively light drag and leave it there – so the narrower range of drag is perhaps not as detrimental as it might be for steelhead, salmon, or saltwater fish. There are two standard colors:  gray with gold highlights or black with silver highlights. They are also partnered with Trout Unlimited, the International Federation of Fly Fishers, the International Game Fish Association, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. No doubt part of this is due to the highly detailed porting, which eliminates a ton of metal from the reel without compromising the strength (or thickness) of the remaining metal that makes up the spool and frame. If you are looking for the best performing reel that is maintenance free, durable and cost efficient take a hard look at the Rush Light. to 2 lbs (since that’s what we felt you should use 95% of the time for a 5-weight trout reel). They have very little spin, so slapping the face of the spool to reel up line quickly won’t get you anywhere with an Abel SD. . We don’t blame them for it, we only wish the price reflected it. The SC (Stream Creek) is just that, and is a reel that only certain anglers will appreciate. (At least the range will be better for saltwater use with the larger reels). Strangely enough the range of drag adjustment on the Remix wasn’t nearly as good as the Liquid. For an extra 10% ($68.50) you can choose one of the three custom colors:  Crimson, Moss Green, or Graphite Gray. Retrieval Sound:  Plasticky retrieval sounds OK but not as pleasant as some, Outgoing drag sound:  Slightly deeper plastic sound (louder going out). Retrieval Sound: Excellent “purr” sound retrieve, Outgoing drag sound:  Pleasing but more muted sound going out, Counterbalance: Perfect balance, excellent machining, Spool Release: Release cap stays on, machined grooves give it good grip, easy to turn, Drag Detents:  None – you can definitely knock off setting by accident, Range of Drag:  Weak to medium drag – going to have to palm this one with larger fish, Max Drag:  Too weak, you’ll have to palm this reel – .75 pounds, Handle: is nice size but could swell out more, Top notch sound, craftsmanship, quality machining. Here at the shop we have been going with option 3:  Permatex Medium Strength Threadlocker BLUE gel which seems to do a good job at sealing the hole while not locking it completely. The Ross Rapid replaces the Ross Fly Rise, which was also $110 in the 5/6-weight size. Tiny bit of suction to get spool off, Drag knob:  Unique cut out – easy to twist but somewhat odd shape, Drag Detents:  Excellent drag detents keep drag setting from getting knocked off, Range of Drag  – Not great (at least between .25 – 2 pounds), Handle:  Nice shape and size (good swell), Feels a bit heavy  (due to heavy drag mechanism, same one used on bigger Hydros SLII’s), A lighter reel with less drag power would be better, #22 (tie) TFO BVK II $249.95 – reel,  $149.95  x/spool. Hopefully it will help you decide what appeals to and what works best for you. Turnaround time is generally 2 weeks, and up to 3-4 weeks during the fishing season. It has ample backing capacity, and weighs a lot less than the 5+. A couple of times someone in the shop has dropped a spool and we’ve noticed the Fanatic spools bend more easily than others. The look of this reel is different from anything on the market today. The click reels generally rated a 9 or 10. And some reels are better looking than others. The outgoing drag sound could be louder, and the range of drag adjustment could be a lot wider, but as an overall package we like this reel a lot. Retrieval resistance is also a factor in reeling in line quickly, and the reels that “spin” like the Cheeky Boost, 3-Tand, and Loop reels have the advantage over click and pawl reels like the Hardy LRH or Orvis CFO III. Both Nautilus and Galvan use high-tech self-lubricating plastic bushings that allow for near frictionless rotation and never need lubricating. I have since gone to a Sage click and haven’t had any issues. But this takes a lot of time, so if you’re in the market for a new rod or outfit, or other flies and tackle, we would love to have your business! Counterbalance: Good, however counterbalance weight is tall, which may feel like the handle if you weren’t looking down to grab it. The new porting and the structural design on the Animas provide industry-leading innovation. Hatch doesn’t do any porting on their arbors (where the backing sits). If it a major part is in need of repair or replacement, charge may be higher. With a full frame we could easily move this score up to an 18. The thoughtfulness and style of Ross reels are evident in the Gunnison. This thoroughly updated design brings a beautiful aesthetic defined by aerodynamic shapes and surfaces. In addition to that, the C.F.O. Ross has put an insane supercharged 16-disc sealed drag system in the R Salt. The drag proved to be very smooth, and the reel is maintenance free. on fly reels by Lamson, Sage, Ross, Nautilus, Redington, Bauer, and Hardy. At a glance the color coded range instantly lets you know where your drag is set. Arbor Size in InchesThis measurement refers to the size of the arbor (where the end of your backing attaches to the reel). From our experience once water gets through it will make the drag shudder and the reel will become much less smooth. Historically it is one of the most coveted reels we know. The Ross Rapid does have a larger arbor however, which is well ported to help your backing dry faster. Weighing 4.1 ounces fully loaded, the Sage Click is clearly one of the very lightest reels in the shootout, second only to the Ross Colorado LT. At 2.785 inches, the Sage Click also has one of the largest arbors in the shootout, second only to the massive Loop Evotec G4 LW 5/8. The drag system has a crazy 30 pounds of drag pressure. Still, the craftsmanship on this reel is absolutely amazing. If your style of fishing requires a very tough reel and you can’t afford an Abel or Tibor, the Aspen 325 LA is a great option. When I go trout fishing, rarely do I hook a fish that is “worthy” of playing on the reel. (Much easier to turn than the NVG spool caps). While the drag knob doesn’t have any detents it’s stiff enough that you won’t likely knock it off your desired drag setting. In fact, it tied the Galvan Torque series in 14 out of 18 point categories! A few things held it back from a top finish. One of the most innovative qualities of the R Salt is its drag system. The handle could be a little larger, with more swell, but we like the indentations on it, (similar to the Douglas Nexus). is perhaps Ross’ most well-known reel series. Spool cap:  One of the best – easy to turn, comes off quickly, can’t get lost. The Cimarron II is a true “spinner” type reel that can pick up a ton of excess line quickly. ... Ross Reels Cimarron II Spool. The Apsen 325 Mid Arbor is very similar to the 350 Large Arbor, just a little smaller and lighter, (although it can hold 35 yards more backing). The Sage 4250 is a solid reel for the money. You want to have plenty of room left on the spool so that if you are winding line carelessly and it is all on one side, it doesn’t jam up and prevent you from landing the fish. The performance is always top notch too. Max Drag:  Wicked strong!!! Note this is a different measurement than overall diameter as it reflects the size of the arbor itself, not the outside of the reel. The sealed drag is maintenance free and very smooth. Extra FW 3/5 spools retail for $199. I could simply slap the rim of the spool and it would “reel” quicker than any other reel… no doubt a tribute to its amazingly smooth bearings. Like Iceland’s Einarsson Plus, it’s one of the best reels machined outside the US. Maximum drag on the Tibor Tailwater was only .75 pounds, so you’ll definitely need to palm this reel when playing larger fish. Reels with caps that come off lost points too. Weight in Ounces (Fully Loaded)This year we wanted to give you some true drag range figures, as well as true backing capacities. The SC 325’s arbor is also quite small, which also makes for slower line retrieval. Machined reel seat – can never come loose, might be get dented if dropped however, which means replacing a new frame instead the reel seat. Sure, you’ll have to be careful not to drop the reel (since denting the foot may require replacing the entire frame) but once the reel is on your rod you are good to go. The LRH only comes in one standard color: Silver / Grey. Here’s another classic reel that has caught a lot of fish over the years. The C.F.O. The drag detents are also fantastic and the sealed drag is maintenance free. At this point extra spools are not currently offered. Choose among three standard colors: black, clear, and green. The Evolution reels are fully machined in Montrose Colorado, from the highest-grade aerospace aluminum available. Here’s what we got: Although the larger arbor reels should have reeled in faster, we found by slapping the face of the Evolution we could retrieve line even faster than reeling. The Sage Spectrum LT Fly Reel ha s a large arbor with a concave spool surface for optimal line capacity and drag-assisting smoothness. The Lamson Remix is a half machined, half cast reel with some very nice performance figures for an inexpensive reel. $425. ... SAGE CLICK Series Fly Reel. Fully loaded it weighs only 5.1 ounces, which will match any of our favorite lightweight 5-weight rods beautifully. (And with sound vs silent), Counterbalance: A little bit of wobble (looking at the center of the reel when spinning fast), Spool release:  Great, easy to depress, can never lose, quick, Drag Knob:  More difficult to turn than Cimarron, Drag Detents:  No detents per se but drag adjustment is stiff and won’t get knocked off easily, Range of drag:  Good but not as good as most in the .25-2 lb. Outgoing drag sound:  Slight muted sound going out. The Dryfly feels exceptionally smooth reeling in and its bright chrome “L” set against the jet black spool gives the Opti the Rolls Royce of reels look. Turnaround time is 10-15 business days including shipping. The Sage Click reel uses plastic clickers that sound good and can easily be replaced. Most of the time I know I’m screwed and the stressful moment ends in a snap of tippet. Range of Drag:  Very weak – have to “finger” palm bigger fish, Max Drag:  Weak – have to “finger palm” this reel – .35 pounds, Handle:  Too small, could have some swell, over time these can loosen up, Line guard must be switched if reel direction is switched, Classic look and feel – great for bamboo, fiberglass, classic fly rods, #5 Douglas Argus 3 ¼     $425 – reel,   $175  x/spool. Ease of drag adjustment and range of drag adjustment suffered because there is no drag adjustment – what you see is what you get. If your buddy owns a fly shop and stocks the equipment you want, buy the gear from him and consider coming out to fish with us this summer – we book some of Montana’s best fly fishing guides and outfitters. Dirt may enter over time like Hardy LRH. But the amount of start up inertia on these reels was nothing to worry about (unless you have your drag cranked down over 3 pounds or more). The Orvis Battenkill III rightfully takes the third tier of our podium finishers. The paisley shaped cutouts look pretty cool and if the drag wasn’t so heavy this reel would be a lot lighter. The Cimarron II is a true “spinner” type reel that can pick up a ton of excess line quickly. Jake 5 bids. In the same way we liked the Fly Rise better than the Rapid, we liked the Fly Start better than the Eddy. No one in their right mind is going to use more than 2 pounds of straight pull drag, even using very heavy tippets, as we do when streamer fishing. Retrieval Sound: Nice loud metallic / plastic retrieval sound, Outgoing drag sound: Muted, more quiet outgoing sound, Spool release button: depress style like Evolution LT – can never lose. Also the range of drag adjustment between .25 and 2 pounds is narrower than most. Even one direct hit from a fall will could ruin this reel beyond repair. Although the Torque’s porting looks amazing and is more work for Galvan to machine, the Rush Light only weighs .1 of an ounce more (naked or once equal amounts of backing, line, and leader have been loaded). Note – you can also opt for a plastic handle, which is also a great shape and more durable in the long run. While each model Lamson reel may have the same basic style of drag (a conical rather than disk-shaped drag) they differ, both in terms of range of drag and maximum drag. Playing fish, it is always best to set a drag light rather than change the drag pressure. That’s incredibly strong. Still the Access Mid Arbor looks sharp and at $159 the price is right. Over time dirt and grit can fill in the latch hole, making it difficult to move the latch). The Super 4N could be lighter, but it is just light enough to balance today’s lightweight 5-weights. to 2 lb. There is no start up inertia and the sealed drag is maintenance free. Anglers who fish 6X or thinner tippet, might break off fish on the initial run with this reel due to the start up inertia. If you are fishing with a 5-weight we recommend the 4/5. This helps with backing capacity but also makes it easy to reel up your line without micromanaging it (to make sure the line doesn’t all end up in the same spot, which could jam if not reeled on evenly). is suitable for 15-pound tippets, fishing streamers, mindful that drag pressure increases somewhat when you put a big hoop bend in your rod. For not much extra weight (only .3 ounces more fully loaded) we think the 350 LA is the better performing reel as it will bring in line faster. $175. We promise you won’t be disappointed. $187.00 to $200.00. Although the handle doesn’t have any swell or flare it is long and easy to grab without looking. Retrieval Sound:  Plasticky but pleasant loud sound reeling in, Outgoing drag sound:  Even louder out going pleasant plastic sound, Spool Removal:  Spool cap – awesome – easy to grab and can’t come off or get lost, Drag Knob: Drag knob easy enough to turn, and easy to see what setting it’s on, Drag Detents:  Drag knob not easily knocked off by accident – excellent detents, Handle: Could be bigger with more swell at the end, Same basic reel as Ultralite 4000, only wider and less tall, Isn’t as ported as drastically as the 4000, #26 Redington Behemoth $109.00 – reel,  $59.95   x/spool. And if you are fishing with any of these reels in saltwater it is important to spray them off or give them a quick flushing in fresh water at the end of the day. Its combination of lightness with a very large arbor will appeal to many anglers. Hatch –  Generally $0 unless a major part requires replacement, (including shipping). We also love the look of the “L” shape machined into the frame, which has become Loop’s signature look. Simply put, the outgoing sound on this reel is music to the ears, especially when a fish takes off quickly in a blazing pull. I'm also really into the fact that it doesn't weight a ton and compliments a lightweight rod extremely well. Sage Spectrum LT Spool. Although the handle isn’t large enough, we do like the rubberized grip which helps when the handle is wet. The Film Tour has been an excellent marketing tool for Hatch, as many anglers who watch these amazing films conclude that they need to add a Hatch Finatic to their collection of fly reels. Even the text Hatch uses looks sharp. The max drag is plenty strong for trout fishing and we like the shape of the handle’s swell (although it could be a tiny bit bigger for a perfect handle score). Handle – A tiny bit short, but wide at the end where you need it and still very easy to grab, #2. Feels a tad heavy for its size, but very durable at the same time, #32 Ross Rapid   5/6   $110 – reel,   $66   x/spool. Price was certainly a factor, as was overall weight. Even the relatively inexpensive reels made in Korea or China offer high quality machining, anodization, and good attention to detail. The C.F.O is a great reel that brings 140 years of tradition to the table. Extra 4/5 spools retail for $49.95. Durability is definitely somewhat subjective, but it isn’t rocket science either. Retrieval Sound:  Same plastic click sound both ways, Outgoing drag sound:  Same plastic click sound both ways, Spool release:  Easy (like Hardy LRH) can’t lose any parts, after years of use grit can get in there, Drag knob:  Easy to adjust until highest setting, Drag Detents:  Solid detents keep drag setting from getting knocked off, Handle:  Nice size, could have a little more swell, #23 (tie) Abel SD 4/5   $595 – reel,  $330 x/spool. For example if I was streamer fishing and made a long cast, by the time I stripped the line in I might have 50 feet or more of line at my feet. For example, the Lightspeed had a very wide range of drag, between .25 to 2 pounds (2 full turns), while the Speedster had a narrower range. They are also environmentally conscious and support the North Atlantic Salmon Fund and donate 1% for the planet on each reel sold. With a big hoop bend in the rod the drag pressure increased to .6 lb. #8 Hatch 4+ MA    $450 – reel,  $190  x/spool. Number one is the price. As such it is a very well rounded reel with very little that can go wrong with it. The Cheeky Boost is machined in China from high-grade aircraft aluminum. Like Bauer, Ross Reels donates 10% of each reel sold to sport fish and wildlife restoration programs. Our closeout page is the home to some of the industry's best fly gear at the lowest prices. Plan on buying a leader straightener for such occasions, as the rubber side will give you much better grip to unscrew the cap. Details of Abel’s color options can be found in our write up of the Abel Super 4N earlier. The X reels come in two standard colors, Clear or Black. We were tempted to give it a perfect 10 for such a sweet sound reeling in, but unfortunately the Tibor Light didn’t have much sound at all for the out going drag. Redington Rise III 3/4 Fly ... Sage, Hatch, Ross Reels, Bauer, Orvis, Temple Fork Outfitters, Echo, and Redington. The SC reels come standard with a colorful hand made canvas reel case, which includes a Montana elk antler button and a wooden gift box. One thing Hatch does have everyone beaten on is their proprietary backing. It comes in three standard colors:  Black, Platinum, and Light Olive. Ross also makes a classic click and pawl reel, the Colorado LT. (And with sound vs silent), Counterbalance:  a little bit of wobble (looking at the center of the reel), Spool release: Great and easy to depress, can never lose, Drag Knob:  Square drag knob is easy to turn (better than Animas). In terms of heirloom quality, the SD reels are clearly some of the very best in the test. The sealed “power matrix drag system” is maintenance free and has no start up inertia. Redington – Generally $15, (including shipping). Drag Detents:  No detents but the drag knob is stiff so it won’t get knocked off its setting easily, Range of Drag:  Good for a click and pawl reel, but weak compared to others, Handle:  Too short and no swell, although rosewood looks nice, #7 Loop Classic 46    $679  – reel, (extra spools not available). Nautilus “X” (XM 4/5)     $275.00 – reel,    $145 x/spool. The largest reel we tested was the Loop Evotec G4 LW 5/8 at 3.914 inches, followed by the Sage Click 4/5/6 at 3.867 inches. The Loop Multi series seem a little expensive for a non-machined reel die-cast in Korea. The other option is to upgrade to the Lamson Liquid that is a compromise between the Eddy and Zero. Its max drag is 8 pounds compared to the 4000’s max drag of 6 pounds. Retrieval Sound:  Almost underwater like muted sound reeling in (compared to Super Series), Outgoing drag sound: Same unimpressive sound going out, Spool Release:  Spool cap can’t come off – a bit harder to get off however than others, Drag Detents:  Awesome detents – drag setting not easily knocked off by accident, Range of Drag:  Not good (due to stopper which inhibits drag range drastically). $180.00 . We also like the reverse tapered handle, which is easy to grab without looking. #30 Loop Multi 3-6 Light  $265 – reel,   $79  x/spool. So if you are using heavy tippets, you are going to want a reel with a smooth drag. #1  Galvan Torque (T-5)     $360.00 – reel,   $170 x/spool. Loop has been making excellent reels for decades. The frame and spool of the Animas are completely redesigned to be lighter and stronger. Like most all of the click style reels, the Battenkill III has a very weak maximum drag, (.25 pounds), so it’s another reel you’ll have to palm should you hook up with a hot fish. If your fishing style requires an especially tough reel and you can’t afford to get a Tibor or Abel – this is your reel. Fish graphics and other general graphics retail for an extra $200; there are too many to list but you can check out many of these on Abel’s “Build your reel” website. The other chink we’ve found in the Finatic’s armor is that water can get in the tiny hex hole that is designed for changing the direction of the drag. Your drag can back off to zero, causing your reel to freespool or backlash, or worse  add more drag pressure and break off a nice fish. Protecting the world’s fishing grounds is of the utmost importance to the founder, Steingrimur (Stenni)  Einarsson and the rest of the Einarsson crew. The new for 2021 Ross Colorado takes it to the next level. Smaller drag knobs were more difficult to adjust, as were drags knobs that were more difficult to turn (e.g., Lamson Guru). Ross’s Bart Larmouth introduces the Colorado Lt reel to John Duncan, discussing design strategies and offering a unique durability test. Retrieval Sound:  Plasticky but pleasantly loud sound reeling in, Outgoing drag sound: Even louder out going plastic but pleasant sound. So we loaded each reel with the optimum amount of backing and fly line and then weighed each reel fully loaded. Here’s another reel that has landed countless trout over the years. With a large arbor design and 2.5 pound max drag, the Lamson Liquid is well equipped to reel line in quickly and fight larger trout. Max drag is only .5 pounds, so for larger fish you’ll have to palm the reel, which you can do along the rim of the spool instead of finger palming it. Aside from the durability aspect, the Force does have some high performance features – namely the weight. Orvis – Generally $30, (includes reel service, lubrication, and return shipping). The smoothest drags didn’t move the needle at all. All and all, the Islander is a top quality reel with a lot of character to it. It has been cold forged and tempered for superior strength, and has a concave arbor for added rigidity. The Loop Classic 46 is fully machined in South Korea from the highest quality aircraft aluminum. Just like rods, if you fish hard and long enough you may eventually run into problems with your reel. This bushing system is very light, strong, and reliable – which means the reel remains light yet durable. We suspect the Guru Series II is Lamson’s best selling reel, we know it has been for us anyway – and for good reason – it is a great value. Perhaps the biggest downside to the Classic 46 is the weight. The Redington Behemoth reels are die-cast in South Korea. The handles are the same, which are nice and long but could use a little more swell towards the end like their more expensive brethren. I wish Hatch would port the arbor where the backing sits, as this would lighten the reel a touch and help dry your backing faster. But if you do want to change it, how easily can you adjust your drag while playing a fish? We used a range of .25 lb. The Ross Animas is perhaps Ross’ most well-known reel series. We love the handle on the Signature 5/6, an easy 20 due to the ample size, swell, and ease of finding it without looking. It’s nice to see a reel company that cares about our sport and gives back to the resource. These timeless reels are built simply, with only a few moving parts, which means there are fewer parts to break. The only things I think could possibly be improved are a somewhat narrow range of drag adjustment and a spool removal cap that comes off and can get lost. Aside from the amazingly smooth drag, the RX2 is also one of the lighter reels in the shootout. Smoothness of Drag at 1 lb. There is actually a “drag stop” in the cap that prevents the drag from having a wider range – perhaps this could be re-worked. You may think such a monstrous drag system makes the reel heavy. Extra 5/6 spools retail for $59.95. There are many things about the RX reels that exhibit perfection, but at the top of the list is the incredible smoothness of its sealed drag. Reels with good detents or the stiffness to keep and hold the adjustment in one spot are awarded the most points. If you are the type of person who is very careful and seldom falls or drops your reel, then the Lightspeed will work for you. Perhaps we should have rated this higher in our craftsmanship category, but all cast reels were docked compared to machined reels. The worst reels in this category, the Hardy Ultralites, gave only .3 (or 1/3 of a revolution)  in adjustment – which was often only a couple of clicks on their detents, making it tough to get the drag set the way we liked it. Having ample sound on the out going drag is important because it allows you to hear the “feedback” from the reel. Price is certainly an important factor in deciding which reel to purchase, but higher priced reels are usually worth it in the long run; even if you have to save the money to buy the reel you really want. Feels heavy for its size, although very durable, Excellent machining and quality feel, second to none on color, Better size for most 5-weight rods (rather than larger 5/6), #23  (tie) Lamson Remix  $159.95 – reel,   $45.95  x/spool. T care for on the out going plastic but pleasant sound and silver combination on sage click vs ross colorado lt removal! Framework of the smoothest drags in the world set at 2 lbs., it does appear be! 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