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So I have an old 7' Daiwa Medium Light rod that I really like for throwing beetle spins and small spinnerbaits on.  It needs a new reel.

 

Let's just say that I'd cap any purchase at $200, absolute max.  I'd want 6-8lb of drag, and it should be able to throw down to 1/16 oz.  Like, really well.  With braid.

 

I've used this rod for years with an Abu Morrum 1600 size reel - which has, for me, been a very difficult set, that I've learned to use masterfully.  I'm ready to upgrade to something that doesn't require any "reel" skill.

So, your suggestions.  Go...

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In the Shimano line up, Curado 70, Citica and SLX come to mind. I have all three, I haven't tried the SLX with much light stuff yet. If you went used you might be able to get your hands on a Core 50 or a Aldebran 50. Both are small framed reels that are sought after and perform very well. 

   I wonder about the Diawa Alpha SV or the Tatula 105 SV but I think they are over that price point. 

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3 hours ago, Mhan7 said:

So I have an old 7' Daiwa Medium Light rod that I really like for throwing beetle spins and small spinnerbaits on.  It needs a new reel.

 

Let's just say that I'd cap any purchase at $200, absolute max.  I'd want 6-8lb of drag, and it should be able to throw down to 1/16 oz.  Like, really well.  With braid.

 

I've used this rod for years with an Abu Morrum 1600 size reel - which has, for me, been a very difficult set, that I've learned to use masterfully.  I'm ready to upgrade to something that doesn't require any "reel" skill.

So, your suggestions.  Go...

My experience tells me that when you speak of 1/16th of an oz. Your rod is going to play at least as big a part in the ability to make any type of cast.   Have to find a rod that will load properly with that light of weight.  Alphas SV105 would be my choice for a reel not sure what they go for these days.  A used Pixy or older Alphas might get the job done as well.  A used Sol with an SV spool.  A used Fuego with a 100M spool might be capable.

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A Ray's Studio DIY spool in a any number of Diawa platforms would work and be cheap.  A Daiwa Fuego CT and the Ray's DIY for Tatula CT would be a good budget performer.  You can also pick up a used Alphas or Pixy and find Ray's DIY spools for them as well.  You can get the spools on Ebay and Aliexpress.

 

Also by 1/16 oz do you mean 1/16 oz bait or a 1/16 oz lead jighead + soft plastic + whatever else?  

 

 

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2 hours ago, BaitFinesse said:

 

Also by 1/16 oz do you mean 1/16 oz bait or a 1/16 oz lead jighead + soft plastic + whatever else?  

 

 

Yes.  That's exactly what I mean.  That's the extreme end of the scale. 1/8 oz + .... is the more likely scenario.

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1 minute ago, Mhan7 said:

Yes.  That's exactly what I mean.  That's the extreme end of the scale. 1/8 oz + .... is the more likely scenario.

In that case you have a number of options.  I use a used Daiwa Pixy Airy Red for those baits but a Fuego CT with a DIY spool would be great.  I would opt for the deeper Ray's Studio Long Cast Tatula CT spool for a little more line capacity over the regular super shallow one.  Here is one in a Tatula CT Type R.

 

If you don't want to mess around with changing spool and want to use a stock reel the Curado 70 if you like centrifugal brakes but it is not going to do sub 1/8 oz baits well.  There is also the Daiwa Alphas Air on Ebay for $219 + shipping.  It is very good with UL baits but will have limited line capacity.  An 1/8 oz head and a 3 inch plastic would cast all the line off the spool even with very small braid.

 

   

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I've found both the Tatula CT Type R and the Tatula SV TW for a price I like.  I prefer a high gear ratio - at least 7.3, but preferrably 8.1. (because I often fish high banks on canals, and jerking the bait out of the water to clear vegetation happens often, and needs to be done quickly)

 

Given the choice of those 2 reels, which sounds more appealing?  The Alphas sounds nice, but it's $40 more.  Is there $40 more value in the reel?  I don't make a lot of trips out, but the few that I do make, see my equipment being used quite extensively for many hours at a time.  I don't mind paying a bit more, to that end.  But there has to be some value...  My currency would be lighter lure weights.

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42 minutes ago, Mhan7 said:

I've found both the Tatula CT Type R and the Tatula SV TW for a price I like.  I prefer a high gear ratio - at least 7.3, but preferrably 8.1. (because I often fish high banks on canals, and jerking the bait out of the water to clear vegetation happens often, and needs to be done quickly)

 

Given the choice of those 2 reels, which sounds more appealing?  The Alphas sounds nice, but it's $40 more.  Is there $40 more value in the reel?  I don't make a lot of trips out, but the few that I do make, see my equipment being used quite extensively for many hours at a time.  I don't mind paying a bit more, to that end.  But there has to be some value...  My currency would be lighter lure weights.

Keep in mind you would need to spend $35 to $50 for a lighter weight finesse spool for the Tatula CT and CT Type R.  The Tatula CT, Tatula CT Type R, Fuego CT and the new Tatula 100 all have the same spool size.  The new Tatula 100 is the smallest and lightest of the bunch.  All come in an 8:1.  

 

The spools are cheaper on Aliexpress than Ebay.

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The Alphas Air is an awesome reel but is really best paired to a light if not UL rod.  You might as well get a Fuego CT and one of the Ray's spools to put on the ML rod.  If you want to go lighter you'll need a new rod anyway.  

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For 1/8 oz total weight you should do fine with most of the reel these days. If I have to suggest, I’d say Morrum 1600 😝. That is a fine reel, I’m trying to get one (SX1600Mag) myself.

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1 hour ago, JustJames said:

For 1/8 oz total weight you should do fine with most of the reel these days. If I have to suggest, I’d say Morrum 1600 😝. That is a fine reel, I’m trying to get one (SX1600Mag) myself.

The one I have is old, and I'm sure that it's nothing like whats available today. (mine is a pre-mag model)  It's d**n hard to use... Definitely requires a skilled caster, and even more so, someone with a lot of time on this particular reel.  I know I can upgrade it.

 

I think Baitfiness has pretty well sold me on the Curado 70. 

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