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I am looking to buy a lightweight spinning reel in the 2000-3000 size range. I was wondering if there were other lightweight models other than the patriarch, supreme, stradic ci4+, and team lews gold. I was trying to research some of the jdm models, but it is taking me awhile to convert the measurements and thought somebody more familiar with these reels may know this info off the top of their head. I will be pairing this reel with a light or medium light rod that can hand 1/16 oz lures. Thanks

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Okuma rtx and new cabelas prodigy, but they are on the less expensive side.

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Patriarchs and supremes are darn light too. I love my Supreme XT from a couple years ago, and the price is killer for what you get back!

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Price range?

I don't really have a price range. However, I don't want to just get the most expensive reel that I can afford.

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For a smaller sized spinning reel the 2 main things I look for is the handle, I prefer a paddle or T rather than a round or small block style.  Secondly I like my drag to click in increments, which most of them do except cheaper ones.  IPT may be of interest, weight as well.  Performance wise I don't there think there is all that much difference in brands with in the same price range.

Purely just handling a reel in the store I've found Micthells to be as smooth or smoother than anything I've touched. Not recommending their products as I haven't used them.

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I like the opposite handle. The standard cork style like on my baitcasters. I use daiwa reels so those are what I will recommend. For the money the SOL, Advantage, and Fuego are the best value to performance. You can pick these up at the 100 dollar point. The certate is wonderful, but a bit more expensive. I got one nib for 225. I also like the 2000 size for bass fishing especially for dropshot. The 2500 size is most popular and very hard to find a deal on.

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Plueger Supremes are my go to spinning reels.  I have the 25 size on my Medium Light rod and 30 size on my Medium rods.

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Two non-USDM Shimano reels that I can remember off the top of my head would be Vanquish and Rarenium. There is also another one that I can't remember that is basically a trout reel from Shimano. 

 

Daiwa has the Exist and Morethan series. Though I believe they are a tad bit heavier than the Shimano reels. 

 

When purchasing from non-USDM sources be careful though. You don't know for a fact that what they are giving you aren't store demos or returns. And the warranty is only applicable in their respective markets which means you would probably have to send it back to Japan or elsewhere to get it repaired. I've heard horror stories about people spending a lot of money and having to return the reels several times and finally just giving up. If you can try to buy them from someone in the US when at all possible unless the exchange rate makes it way too tempting and you feel like you are really willing to take a risk. 

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Why do you want a 2000-3000 series reel for light tackle fishing with 1/16 oz lures? The line should be 4-5 lb test, the ideal reel size is 1000-1500 series reels.

It's going to be difficult to find a lighter weight better performing spinning reel than Shinamo STCi4, the 1000FAML is 5.8 oz, FA is 6.0 oz. $230. I don't recall the weight of Daiwa Fuego 1500 reel*, I believe it's about 1 oz heavier? and around $300.

Tom

* it's 7.0 oz.

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Why do you want a 2000-3000 series reel for light tackle fishing with 1/16 oz lures? The line should be 4-5 lb test, the ideal reel size is 1000-1500 series reels.

It's going to be difficult to find a lighter weight better performing spinning reel than Shinamo STCi4, the 1000FAML is 5.8 oz, FA is 6.0 oz. $230. I don't recall the weight of Daiwa Fuego 1500 reel*, I believe it's about 1 oz heavier? and around $300.

Tom

* it's 7.0 oz.

I guess I just assumed that that was the sized reel that I needed. I am still learning a lot about bass fishing. Last year was my first year fishing only with artificials. This year is my first year getting some nicer equipment. Thanks for the advice. I will definitely check out the smaller sized reels.

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I prefer a larger spool size for better line management less hassle so would say go for 25 2500 size reel. I have a 1000 size stradic but prefer my 30 size XT with 6# line throwing bitsy minnows  plus the weights are nearly the same. If you can get a larger reel in the weight you want I feel that would be the way to go. I have a 20 size pflueger and would only run braid on it the spool is so small.

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You can do all the research you want, your going to get both pros and cons on most reels, really just adds to the confusion.  Size is another point of debate, some people find smaller reels too small for their hands.  Nothing beats putting a reel on a rod and actually knowing how it's going to feel.  A reel may weigh less than another which doesn't make it smaller in size.

Customer service may be as important as the reel itself.  That said I've yet to send a small freshwater reel in for any kind of service, not much can go wrong with them.

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Okuma RTX. Smooth as butter and lighter than the Stradic CI4+. I have it paired up with my $350 Legend Elite rod- that's how much I like it. Even people I've let fish with it compliment how nice it feels. 

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I prefer the larger reels because i seem to get better casts and less tangles with a larger spool. Id reccomend trying some reels out on your rod to see how they feel and balance the rod. My lews team gold made a 7ft rid feel very tip heavy, but balanced out a 6'3" rod perfect. Also id reccomend shopping around and also maybe looking at used gear also. I gave 80 bucks for the team gold off another forum and it looked brand new. You can find really good deals if you take time to look

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The OP was looking forc1/16 oz lures, if he wants to increase those to 1/8-1/4 oz, 6-8 lb line, the a larger 2500 Ci14 would be a good choice.

The 1000-1500 size spinning reels are good for 4-6 lb line, lures to 1/4 oz, bass fishing, depends on what you prefer.

Tom

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