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shimano curado green reel

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does anyone know anything about shimano curado cu200 green color reel? how old are they? quality of? thanks lonnie

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It's an older reel but still a good one. There's a ton of folks who love the green curado 50 reels. 

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18 minutes ago, rippin-lips said:

It's an older reel but still a good one. There's a ton of folks who love the green curado 50 reels. 

guy wants $79  he has 4 what would be a good buy

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CU 200 should be the old school greenies. If they're in good shape that's not a bad price imo.

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Yeah they are great reels but parts for the older greenies are getting harder to find....

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thanks guys appreciate it.   tight lines my friends

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They seem to be indestructible.  Dudes I use to run around with ran these reels...and they didn't take care of their stuff.  At all.  Just beat them up.

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They are built to last forever, and cast fairly well.  They are good reels, the only downside is they are a little bigger than newer baitcasters.  This bothers some people more than others, so either you love them or you hate them.  $79 is a decent price, about what most people sell them for.  That being said I have yet to find someone who isn't willing to negotiate a little, so you could probably talk him down to around $70-$75.

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Curado e was great and I'd definitely pull the trigger on them at $79 assuming they're in good shape. The next generation Curado g's were not as well regarded and I wouldn't be as excited for that deal (still a solid deal if you like the reel).

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Back in the nineties these were the reels. Sold for right around 120.00 and were tanks. Even a good one is not current technology but each to his own.

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I'm assuming you are talking about the old b series? They are solid reels. Built like tanks. Simple, durable, bulky, no frills. These reels were once the benchmark for durability. Not pretty or super comfortable, but just did what it was supposed to do reliably. 

I personally favor the super free model over the others.

keep in mid that shimano does not support these reels with parts anymore 

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6 hours ago, Poolshark said:

I'm assuming you are talking about the old b series? They are solid reels. Built like tanks. Simple, durable, bulky, no frills. These reels were once the benchmark for durability. Not pretty or super comfortable, but just did what it was supposed to do reliably. 

I personally favor the super free model over the others.

keep in mid that shimano does not support these reels with parts anymore 

 

Excuse me, they were not once the benchmark, they are still the benchmark, got my first one since 1995 ..... I bet I can squeeze 10 years more out of it.

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I have 2 of the G series, a G5 and a G7. They have been fine serviceable reels for me, but I bought them second hand for about $50 apiece at a pawn shop. Because these are used reels, I would offer no more than $60 each, unless this is a friend of yours, in which case they might be offended. If I were going to offer to buy all 4, I would offer $200. Maybe I'm a skinflint. It all comes down to what you want and feel comfortable spending. Tight lines

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4 hours ago, Raul said:

 

Excuse me, they were not once the benchmark, they are still the benchmark, got my first one since 1995 ..... I bet I can squeeze 10 years more out of it.

Yes! I own 4 of them and I've done nothing but upgrade bearings and drags. I find it cool that I spent 120 on them 15 years ago and could probably get at least 60 for them now. I wish I could find reels built like that in today's market. 

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The original came out in 1994.  It was $89.99, and the original Citica was $79.99.  I recall agonizing over the $10 difference.  Bought a Curado, wasn't really my cup of tea (still a very nice reel), settled on a Daiwa Procaster for $99.99.  It had a braking system that better suited my casting style.  It's funny how close these price points were back then.  The top end reels were all under $125.  Shortly after, Shimano debuted the Calcutta, and I think I marveled at it's $199.99 price tag, thinking I'd never spend that much on a reel.

 

I know a couple of Elite pros that still use the Curado B series, which to me is when that reel came into it's own.

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I have two of the originals. Paid 89 for them. There good reels. I'd check the drag, make sure it comes off smoothly. I've had to replace drag washers on both of mine. Not a big deal but could cost you a few more bucks if they haven't been replaced recently. I like them for flipping and frogging on bigger rods they feel better. 

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Just now, bagofdonuts said:

I've had to replace drag washers on both of mine.

 

Get a Carbontex replacement drag washer from Smooth Drags, and you'll never have to replace one again.

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They are still good reels.  I've had several and liked them, though all are now gone.  I've actually considered picking up another recently.  Like someone else said, if you are interested enough, try to get all four as a package deal for some decent savings.

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I've seen a few of these for sale, this thread has convinced me to look into the next one I find.

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There are 3 generations of Curado's that have been green in color. The B (bantam) series was the original "greenie" and was highly considered the reel that really put Shimano at the top of the heap as far as quality casting reels went in the mid 90's. 

 

The E and G series are both green as well. The E series are still highly sought after and still bring upwards of $150 easily. 

 

Regardless of which generation Curado you're looking at, they're all quality reels that will treat you will if maintained properly. 

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9 minutes ago, fishballer06 said:

There are 3 generations of Curado's that have been green in colo

 

There are four.  The B series was after the original Curado Bantam 200.

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2 hours ago, J Francho said:

 

There are four.  The B series was after the original Curado Bantam 200.

 

I thought the original Bantam Curado was the technically the "A" series? I've never seen a green colored reel in that series, but perhaps I am wrong? I was born in 88 and I started with baitcasting with the classic green B series Curado in the late 90's, so maybe I'm just not familiar with the earlier reels. 

Vintage_Shimano_Bantam_Curado_100_reel_i

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Yep, and it was green.  I'll take a pic of the BPS catalog I have from 1994.

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seen 4 of them on Louisville craigslist   just encase  anyone else interested   I know nothing about them or seller

 

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7 hours ago, fishballer06 said:

 

I thought the original Bantam Curado was the technically the "A" series? I've never seen a green colored reel in that series, but perhaps I am wrong? I was born in 88 and I started with baitcasting with the classic green B series Curado in the late 90's, so maybe I'm just not familiar with the earlier reels. 

Vintage_Shimano_Bantam_Curado_100_reel_i

 

That ain't the first Curado, that's the second one. The first Curado was silver and had a flipping switch on the top.

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