May 28, 2013 at 1:01pm
So do you want baitcasters or spinning reels? For baitcasters I still use 25 year old ambassador 5500 cs. If you go that route get an older one made in Sweden. I haven't tried the new low profile baitcasters though. Now here is my opinion on the spinners I have.
Shimano Sedona 2500 Really good reel at a good price. Mine has been used and abused and the only thing I ever had to do to it was to tighten the bail screws.
Shimano Symetre 3000 Very smooth slick reel, casts great. Caught a huge stingray with it and it is still going strong. But, this reel hates to get wet. Splashed it once and had to replace a bearing.
Daiwa tournament ss 1300. Old fashioned but still my favorite spinning reel. Cast a mile,great drag, needs very little maintenance. Go on fleabay and get an old one made in Japan.
Now the spinners I have used but don't own.
Penn Sargus, all metal reel very smooth, looks good, but it is the same reel as an older pflueger model. (Penn and pflueger got bought out a few years ago, so they are really similar now.) It is made in China so I won't buy it though.
Shimano Stradic This is a really nice smooth reel, if you want one go to Puglias, they have the best price I know of.
Abu Garcia Soron, Very smooth all metal reel, but it is made in China.
Daiwa Black Gold, old fashioned heavy reel that will put up with a lot of abuse.