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Ok, so after getting my first higher end BC (Tatula), I was thinking about trying out a higher end spinning reel. With the BC, the highest quality one I had tried before the Tatula was my Accurist, and there was a huge difference. I was just wondering if there is as big of a jump with spinning reels. The highest quality spinning reel I've used is about a $40 Okuma. How would that stack up to, say...a Pflueger Supreme MGX?

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Haven't had my hands on the Okuma, but I have a Supreme and two Supreme XTs. I consider the Supremes to be the best bang for the buck among spinning reels.

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Supreme MGX= Best Value Spinning reel under 100$.

 

The okuma is no contest against it, especially considering that the okuma is a graphite reel while the Supreme is aluminum.  

 

Overall, if you're any good with spinning gear, you definitely should be able to feel a huge difference between the two.

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Supreme MGX= Best Value Spinning reel under 100$.

 

The okuma is no contest against it, especially considering that the okuma is a graphite reel while the Supreme is aluminum.  

 

Overall, if you're any good with spinning gear, you definitely should be able to feel a huge difference between the two.

 

I'm not really good with it, still learning, but I'm getting the hang of it. Lol I was just curious because I was amazed at the difference between the Accurist and Tatula, so I was just wondering if it was as much of a jump. Guess I'll have to pick one up eventually.

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I'm not really good with it, still learning, but I'm getting the hang of it. Lol I was just curious because I was amazed at the difference between the Accurist and Tatula, so I was just wondering if it was as much of a jump. Guess I'll have to pick one up eventually.

Yep. The Pluefger should definitely feel much more smoother and more connected than the okuma simply because of the Aluminum Frame.  

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Don't ignore the Abu Gacia SX.. It's a better reel than the ones mentioned. I highly recommend you look at one before you buy. Following ICast... They're a 150 reel but there are deals in eBay right now. I've seen them for 100.

Good luck

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I use Shimano spinning reels from the $30 Sienna to the $180 Stradic and pretty much every model in between.  I don't really see much of a different between the various price points of the Shimanos - if I closed my eyes and all the reels had the same handle, I wouldn't be able to tell them apart.  I would however be able to tell the difference between a Shimano and say an Okuma.  Spinning reels will feel different between brands, but once you find a brand you like in looks/feel/balance, then I think most of the spinning reels within that brand will feel very very similar to one another.  Go feel a few out at a local tackle shop and see which one works for you, and make the switch to the brand that feels right in your hands, but once you do I wouldn't go too crazy by upgrading from say a $50 Pflueger to a $150 Pflueger.

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I'm sure you'll appreciate the difference in quality between these 2 reels. 

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You'll notice a huge difference between those two spinning reels for sure. 

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Pfluegers are the most worry free reels I use, even the ones I use in saltwater.  Pfluegers, plain and simple excel as a bass reel, regardless of price.  They're pretty smooth, the drag works well, they give many years of worry free usage, especially used in an environment that's isn't overly harsh on equipment.  When it comes to pitting one reel against another, it boils down to personal preference. 

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The Supremes have magnesium alloy frames, not aluminum.

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Shimano! I have strayed several times and learned my lesson each time.

 

Saros FA 2500 for $120 shipped:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-Saros-FA-SAR2500FA-/271819008657?hash=item3f49acea91

 

Stradic FJ 2500 for $147 shipped:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SHIMANO-ST-2500FJ-STRADIC-SPINNING-REEL-6-0-1-6BB-NIB-2434-/171848373075?hash=item2802f61353

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I'm not really good with it, still learning, but I'm getting the hang of it. Lol I was just curious because I was amazed at the difference between the Accurist and Tatula, so I was just wondering if it was as much of a jump. Guess I'll have to pick one up eventually.

 

You will be equally amazed at the difference between the Supreme and the $40 Okuma.

 

Tom

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I use Shimano spinning reels from the $30 Sienna to the $180 Stradic and pretty much every model in between.  I don't really see much of a different between the various price points of the Shimanos - if I closed my eyes and all the reels had the same handle, I wouldn't be able to tell them apart.  I would however be able to tell the difference between a Shimano and say an Okuma.  Spinning reels will feel different between brands, but once you find a brand you like in looks/feel/balance, then I think most of the spinning reels within that brand will feel very very similar to one another.  Go feel a few out at a local tackle shop and see which one works for you, and make the switch to the brand that feels right in your hands, but once you do I wouldn't go too crazy by upgrading from say a $50 Pflueger to a $150 Pflueger.

  I have a president [59.00]  and a supreme MGX  [100.00] and their is a major difference between these reels.

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I don't think there's as much difference among the various price points of spinning reels compared to baitcasters, as far as out-of-the-box performance goes.  The fixed spool is what it is, one will cast about as well as any other with the same diameter spool.  Where you do see a difference is in the smoothness of the retrieve, avoiding line twist, and durability.  To the extent that those last qualities are important to you, the price point of a spinning reel can make a difference.  But it's not the same difference as in a baitcaster where the price can affect how well the reel will cast and how prone it may be to backlashing.    

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Shimano! I have strayed several times and learned my lesson each time.

Saros FA 2500 for $120 shipped:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-Saros-FA-SAR2500FA-/271819008657?hash=item3f49acea91

Stradic FJ 2500 for $147 shipped:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SHIMANO-ST-2500FJ-STRADIC-SPINNING-REEL-6-0-1-6BB-NIB-2434-/171848373075?hash=item2802f61353

FJ on sale at Cabelas 2500 I think was $129

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two major differences is how long they last and how smooth they are. its a big factor when using light line if your drag isnt smooth or something breaks in the reel, especially with big fish. i personally prefer Diawa and if its not a Daiwa its a Pfluger in my hands.

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I don't know for certain (yet), but I bet those tatula spinning rods are sick

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Too many people "cheap out" on spinning reels because the casting isn't mechanical so the differences aren't as immediately obvious as with a casting reel. The difference between a $40 and $60 spinner can be pretty noticeable. The point of diminishing returns on a spinning reel is a little lower, somewhere around $175-$200 where as for baitcasters I'd put it closer to $250 and it's hard to get a really good caster for much under $100.   

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The main thing I concern myself with spinning gear is corrosion.  All of them seem to be pretty smooth and drags operate just fine to handle sub 10# fish, not all 10 pounders are created equal.

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A good BC reel and a good spinning reel are different. More attention has to be paid to a BC reel than spinning. There are lots of decent spinning reels available in the $60-$120 range while that isn't true for BC. Pflueger makes a good reel for minimum $60. Shimano makes a good reel for minimum $70. Below that you will find they just don't hold up. Of course you can go up from there based on your needs. My favorite and go to spinning reel is the Shimano Symetre which is $100. It casts well, is durable, and has a sufficient number of efficient bearings to deliver a smooth retrieve. Bail and handle are solid. You typically don't crank as much with spinning so you are looking for a smooth cast and retrieve with lighter line and weights.

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Spinning reels my Fin-Nor ahab lite, OKUMA exiptor have been awesome for decades. I also use the Viva and Globe reels too.

When I first purchased the smaller viva it was a exact match to the smaller OKUMA. Odd.

Baitcaster I can use anything my educated thumb was broken in on casting open Penn reels saltwater.

I do find the spinning reels with 10 bearings tighter. I use these with plastics and topwater Till they break in. The lesser bearings for cranks, spinners, spinnerbaits.

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You don't notice the difference until you step down. When I go from my pfluger patriarch on my bass rig to my Abu cardinal on my trout rig there is a significant difference. Every time I got a new (read more expensive) spinning reel I would think to myself man this is nice but is it really better, but once you go back to the older ones you can tell.

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Of the 20 some odd spinning reels I have my 29 or 39 dollar trion20 is about my smoothest, which is around 8 years old don't remember if it's been oiled.  Some of my $200+ reels don't perform as well.  When I"m playing with small reels in the store I seem to always go back to an inexpensive MItchell. 

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