Your favorite obscure reels

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Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Riverguy » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:27 am

Wondering if anyone has any lesser known reels they like? I'm mainly referring to any reels that may not be well known for whatever reason...perhaps it was a rebadged reel made for a company or some other store brand; ie some of the cabelas 50th anniversary Daiwas Zillions or Pfluegers...Or something that was made w/a Pro's name slapped on it that maybe made/makes it slide under the radar. Something made for a limited time (I still have a rosewood knob pflueger president LE I LOVE). Something made by a now defunct (but still relatively modern) company, etc.

What say you everyone?

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Black Haze » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:22 pm

Not sure if it fits the criteria, but Love the Daiwa Deps-100zx...fairly unusal reel with the lock down drag.....dont see a ton around

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Big-Bass » Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:17 pm

Abu Garcia Royal 4600.

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Fishing4Fun » Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:41 am

The original gold BPS Pro Lite Finesse were nice reels. Similar to an Alpahas. Light, cast well, easy to palm.

Other than most of the things that I have used that stood out were for a reason and not something that was under the radar

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:23 am

Shimano Stile 100XG

8.1, slightly smaller than the current Aldebaran, sweet cosmetics, shallow spool...perfect for short range 14lb FC like the T rigs.
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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Hogsticker2 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:25 pm

I'm not sure any reels in existence have flown under the radar on this particular forum.

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:53 pm

Hogsticker2 wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:25 pm
I'm not sure any reels in existence have flown under the radar on this particular forum.
Probably true. There are a lot of "A Shimano what" or "Daiwa made what" type reels. Like I been eyeing up a Daiwa HRF Sonic Speed as a flipping reel candidate.
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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by LowRange » Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:50 pm

Scorpion 70 based Engetsu. Brass MM gears. Aluminum handle side plate and shallow but heavier spool.

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by grantman83 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:54 pm

Dual braking skeet Revo.

A souped up generation 1 revo premier so all aluminum. Longer power handle but a few were made with dual braking before the generation 2 revos came out.

Got mine for $70 bucks and it is still smooth as glass
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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by hoohoorjoo » Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:29 pm

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Evergreen Opus-1 Nero.
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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Riverguy » Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:47 pm

grantman83 wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:54 pm
Dual braking skeet Revo.

A souped up generation 1 revo premier so all aluminum. Longer power handle but a few were made with dual braking before the generation 2 revos came out.

Got mine for $70 bucks and it is still smooth as glass
That's a good one...From what I recall kicking around that platform they were just solid sherman tanks, great for slinging big squarebills.

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Riverguy » Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:56 pm

These are great guys! I recently picked a Pro Qualifier Tournament up...(basically the original Gold Carbonlite w/a couple differences)...Nice little lightweight, dual brake reel that palms good and behaves itself predictably. Was listed as a "BPS tourney special" which is a low end reel. Anyway this got me thinking about some of the forgotten lesser known reels out there that perform well.

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by maibinenu » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:12 pm

Johnny morris gold series.
Unbelievable smooth....cast a mile ....
chrom finish.....

and recently ....Quantum Icon ....smooth...brass gears , cast great even small spoon, ....and the price is ,,,no price :D
Quite impressive

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by Slazmo » Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:54 am

hoohoorjoo wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:29 pm
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Evergreen Opus-1 Nero.
I guess no one has won lotto either.

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Re: Your favorite obscure reels

Post by TravisNY » Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:47 am

hoohoorjoo wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:29 pm
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Evergreen Opus-1 Nero.
Precisely the reel I was thinking of when I opened the thread. Actually the price isn’t too bad either if one looks around however I’ll stick to my fleet of Stella FJ and Exsence spins.
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