View Full Version : Saltwater Reels

09-10-2008, 01:07 PM
I am looking for some info and reports on saltwater reels. I can not afford a Tibor but I know there are several other great ones out there. I need plenty of backing and hold a 9wt sink tip line. I have a nautilus with and 8wt and love it but am wondering if there are better for better pricing? Any info will help.

09-10-2008, 10:05 PM
The Orvis large arbor big game reel is an excellent saltwater reel for the price. However, I must admit I love the Waterworks-Lamson reels. I own the Lamson Konic. Their sealed conical drag is simply amazing, so silky smooth. I would recommend anyone looking for a saltwater reel with an incredible drag to get a Waterworks-Lamson. All reels feature the same sealed conical drag and all are saltwater grade. Depending on which fits your need, they can range from $140(Konic) to around $550(ula force saltwater) Check them out http://www.waterworks-lamson.com/index.html

09-10-2008, 10:52 PM
I've heard that the Orvis VORTEX large arbor is an amazing saltwater reel (8WT up). Believe it runs about $400. It has center drag and it is all sealed up to keep out the salty water. Check 'em out, maybe LRO sells them. By the way, my current avatar is the Hardy TI salt water series, really well built salt reels but qutie pricey.
Best of luck,
Mark <::><

Paula Begley
09-11-2008, 01:48 PM
You can't beat a Bauer if you are looking for a price point saltwater reel. They're in the 250 range.


09-11-2008, 02:08 PM
Which Bauer do you suggest for a nine weight sink line?

Paula Begley
09-11-2008, 02:44 PM
The JM4 (Junior Mac 4) is for line weights 8-10 and is $270. It's saltwater safe.


No Hackle
09-12-2008, 11:11 AM
I have a JM4 that has handled alot of different situations for me,great reel.
Thanks, No Hackle ><>

Flat Fly n
09-15-2008, 08:58 AM
I just ordered a Velocity from Lamson 3.5 for stripers, reds, and seatrout to go onto a 9wt. I won't tell you what cheap reel I had on a TFO rod, but it worked great on reds, trout, and the stripers. Only the stripers will run for a ways(into the backing or more), but we generally chase them down with the trolling motor to keep from wearing them out and possibly killing them. So the reel I have on there now would not be something I take to handle baby tarpon, permit, or bones. That is one reason i am upgrading.

The obvious main thing is EVERY night when you come in from fishing the first thing you do is rinse off completely in fresh water (including taking the spool off) your reel and all equipment. Saltwater will eat it alive!

BTW..I am still using a Lamson 1 that I bought in 1989 on trout that is loaded with a intermediate sink when I get the urge to throw small streamers on the Clinch.

10-23-2008, 11:07 PM
I ordered the XSS Saltwater/ Spey reel from Cabela's. It holds 300yds of 3o lb backing and the spey line. The reel is a large arbor reel and is very smooth. I have yet to put it to the test with a large fish that did make a lot of runs. I believe the reel will be able most of the things I can get to take the fly.

10-23-2008, 11:41 PM
What Flat Fly N said needs to be emphasized for all your tackle! Clean everything throughly. I use a toothbrush on my rods around the guides. I after having to replace the frame on my Battenkill after I "rinsed" it out. I make it a point of rinse, wipe out with oily cloth.

10-24-2008, 04:25 AM
I've been using a Teton Tioga on my 8wt for the past year and I really like the reel. A regular arbor for an 8wt will set you back less than $175. Unfortunately, Teton has suspended operations and is looking for a buyer, but they are still available from a number of places. In my opinion, still worth a look. They are a bit on the heavy side, but still well made.

10-27-2008, 03:40 PM
I like the Bauers as well. The M5sl or LM5 will hold about 250 yards of 20 lb backing. The drag on the reel handle side is very handy as well, no hand switching or contortions to adjust the drag while fighting a fish.
I have had my M4 (now called M5SL) 9 or 10 years now; good drag, few moving parts to lose, wear or break.

James Buice
12-19-2008, 05:30 PM
Byron would kill me if he heard me mention Nautilus. Shoot, did I say that:cool:

12-19-2008, 06:15 PM
I wish LRO did carry nautilus. I have 1 and sold MY nautilus 12. They are great reels. But here is the catch. After spending time at LRO and with daniel I have become a great fan of the Bauers. Orvis makes good ones also but I hate spending my money on something made in korea. Thats why I now buy mostly cane rods or upper end rods that are american made. Same goes for the reels. Hardy and orvis lost my buisness with those moves. NOt trying to get on a soap box, I am just saying that I do love the nautilus and the bauers and the tibors.