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Slower reels seem to be getting passed over these days. I've actually had a rekindled love affair with them after getting a 5:3 J dream. I'm so in love with that reel it's not even funny. There's just something about it that has the 'it' factor to me. And boy oh boy, it's absolutely magical for paddletails(like the keitech fat impacts). Slow reels are also clutch for deep divers, creeping swimbaits & slow rolling spinnerbaits, but that goes without saying.DavidSA wrote:I have no purpose for 5:1 reels of any type. 6:1 is my cranking reel if I don't throw traps on it. traps get 7:1 treatment
Another huge reason for my new love affair with slow reels: I'd rather reel a slow reel faster, than a fast reel slower (if that makes any sense in writing?).
And the extra power is just bonus.
To the OP: I'd definently get one in the 6 speed range (6:3,6:4, etc). Probably the best/most versatile gear ratio.
You have to remember that you sacrafice power when you get speed, all things equal.
There are still quite a few applications for slower reels. But I would not opt for a low 5's ratio as an " all around".
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