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I somehow found a shop near me with these reels brand new in stock for $150. Is it worth it? I plan to be using it for t-rigged plastics, as well as squarebills and lipless cranks. Any input is appreciated.

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Spinning or Baitcast.... Yes you bet!

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Don't know about the spinning reels, but if they are baitcast reels, grab yourself a few of them.  Definitely worth $150 new.

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Yes, for a NIB reel. That reel has a lot of nice upgrades as well depending upon what you may want to change with it should something not be to your liking after using it. Finding them in this condition and price is quite rare. I would personally scoop one up if the funds were there.

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The early Fuego had an issue with the spool brake disk, a kit was offered to fix it. Maybe someone who is more knowledgeable can help you with the details.

Tom

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I would say yes, for sure. It's actually my 2nd favorite USDM Daiwa casting reel I've used, right behind the T3 1016. Tons of spool options and upgrades available making it very versatile. I just picked a NIB lefty up for 115 bucks, but that was a smoking deal I lucked out on. You can plug a Zillion hyper long cast spool in it and make it a long bomber with heavier baits, or stick a TDZ 100M spool in it and cast lighter baits with greater ease. It is a perfectly capable caster as is. I am going to replace the drag star with a Tatula Type R drag star, and replace the handle with a 90 mm Tatula handle. The stock handle is a little short for me, and the knobs are riveted on. I have no idea what Tom is talking about.

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Never any problems with mine, pretty happy with it, I use mine for cranks.. mostly shallow stuff.

I'd grab one if you need another reel for sure.

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Yep, it's a casting reel.

 

I like the Fuego well enough that I have 3....2 have been supertuned and upgraded.

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My tuned and upgraded Fuego is one of the smoothest reels I own. Tdz 100m spool, steez star drag, carbontex, clear coat, 4 bearing handle. It's a beast that can do just about anything.

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The early Fuego had an issue with the spool brake disk, a kit was offered to fix it. Maybe someone who is more knowledgeable can help you with the details.

Tom

 

Do you have any details on this?  I have one of these reels and it just doesn't ever seem to cast consistently.  Thanks!  Had no clue this was an issue on them.

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Thanks Tom, a long time mystery for me was why my very first Fuego would not cast, zero, zilch, notta.. I just swapped it out... The next 3 were incredible reels... Interesting...

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A friend of mine gave me his Fuego, said he can't cast it without a backlash and he knows how to cast a bait casting reel. I took it down, looked it over and found the weight disk didn't always stay attached to the spool, something wasn't correct. Took the reel to my local reel tech and he knew what the problem was and told me about the kit. All he did was super glue the weight disk together and the reel has worked great since. Try to return the reel to my friend and he wouldn't take back. I use the Fuego for light weight small size crank baits.

Tom

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I'll bet dollars to donuts that the induction hub came loose.  It's not a common problem at all.

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I'll bet dollars to donuts that the induction hub came loose.  It's not a common problem at all.

 That happened to one of mine. It just popped off. Three tiny drops of super glue did the trick. It's been fine since.

 

For a NIB Fuego, $150 is a nice find. They sold for $250 when in production.

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weight disk?????

Don't know the proper component name, DVT should have the notice around 2006 era, hub sounds right.

Tom

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 That happened to one of mine. It just popped off. Three tiny drops of super glue did the trick. It's been fine since.

 

For a NIB Fuego, $150 is a nice find. They sold for $250 when in production.

 

Opening price was $229.  The next year they went up to $249.  I believe TW blew them out the door at $104 when they were disco'd.  Stock was very limited, though.  I'd do $150 for a NIB today - not a bad deal on a great reel that is easily transformed into whatever you want it to do.

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I'll bet dollars to donuts that the induction hub came loose.  It's not a common problem at all.

 

 

 That happened to one of mine. It just popped off. Three tiny drops of super glue did the trick. It's been fine since.

 

For a NIB Fuego, $150 is a nice find. They sold for $250 when in production.

 

 

Don't know the proper component name, DVT should have the notice around 2006 era, hub sounds right.

Tom

 

 

I vaguely remember  hearing about this, I have never seen one come loose, but seems I remember someone posting pictures of one on another forum.   

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There was a nice L/H Fuego with some custom mods and supertuning  done to it in the sale forum.

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Opening price was $229.  The next year they went up to $249.  I believe TW blew them out the door at $104 when they were disco'd.  Stock was very limited, though.  I'd do $150 for a NIB today - not a bad deal on a great reel that is easily transformed into whatever you want it to do.

 

$144.88 when TW closed them out.  I bought 2.  They had 3 left after I ordered the last one, so it is possible TW lowered the price even more, but I missed it.

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That might be righter, lol.  My memory is over 40.

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A friend of mine gave me his Fuego, said he can't cast it without a backlash and he knows how to cast a bait casting reel. I took it down, looked it over and found the weight disk didn't always stay attached to the spool, something wasn't correct. Took the reel to my local reel tech and he knew what the problem was and told me about the kit. All he did was super glue the weight disk together and the reel has worked great since. Try to return the reel to my friend and he wouldn't take back. I use the Fuego for light weight small size crank baits.

Tom

 

Thank you VERY much for your time and explanation.  I have been meaning to send mine off and I believe i will sometime soon.  I honestly would just sell it (steep discount since it's not 100% working) but I bought it from a friend who's gone and have always wanted to use it.  Plus it's a very comfortable reel.  Anyways, thanks for the information, I appreciate it greatly.

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