casts_by_fly Posted March 7 Share Posted March 7 Hi All, I searched this forum but didn't see a concise review and comparison on this reel (lots of spread out info) so I thought I'd start one. I just picked up a barely (if at all) used one from the classifieds here to dip my toe in the BFS arena. I have a 6'6" Lamiglas that I built 15 years ago that is more or less a ML/MF rated for 1/8-1/2 oz. The year before last I tried my best with a Revo SX and this rod to throw really light neds and equivalent but it end up more of a chore than pleasure. I hate fishing a spinning rod for bass since it takes up a slot in the kayak that can't be used for anything else. So this year, when I think I might want to throw a small finesse jig/worm I'll throw this rod in which can double duty as a 3/8 oz crankbait rod and lighter. I put some trilene sensation 8 lb (0.010 diameter) on for trial purposes now. It will ultimately get 10 lb 832 braid when it arrives. Now for the reel: It looks fine on the outside. It is black gloss plastic and comparable to a lot of other reels in the sub $75 price bracket. Tolerances on things like the reel handles, drag knob, and spool release button are a little loose. The drag star can move 5-10 degrees without engaging the actual drag stack below it. It's a $70 retail reel, so some level of fit and finish like that is expected. The inside is very plastic. Basically everything that is a 'housing' type part is plastic. Some look 3D printed, but I suspect its just the type of molding. I have no problem with engineered plastics in reels, but this doesn't seem that based on my experience in molding plastic parts for similar sized widgets. Only time will tell how it holds up and since this will be a 4 lb test reel for most of the time I can't imagine I'll be putting that much force on the reel to break it inside. Casting is pretty smooth. On receipt, I did a rough clean on the moving parts I could access through the side plate (not the handle side) and took of excess grease and relubed with light oil. I'll do that again in a couple days after the oil has distributed internally. The spool definitely doesn't spin as freely as lot of my other reels which will spin for 10-15 seconds with an empty spool. That said, the light weight of the spool means it doesn't take much to get it going in the first place. This is a constant comparison with centerpin reels- startup inertia vs continuous momentum. In this case, I'll let the casting do the talking and if it meets my needs so be it. My goal was to get down to the smaller end of Ned type rigs, so 1/20 head and a TRD ticklerz or TRD bugz, both around 0.1 oz for a total weight of just over 1/8 oz. If I could go lighter then great, but that would be pushing the rod's limits I think. If I couldn't get that far but could at least fish a standard finesse TRD on a 1/20 (about 3/16 oz total weight) then that would still expand my finesse sphere. I started with a ned on a 1/15 because I had one rigged and it pitched well inside the house. I tied on just a 1/8 oz weight and made for outside. After dialing in for wind, I was getting a good 20-25 yards with a light sidearm cast and plenty of accuracy so well on the right path. Back inside, I tied on a bobby garland crappie shad on a 1/16oz head (just over 5/64 oz total weight) and started pitching it around the room. It is okay up to about 20', but that's about it. I'll be able to use it for pitching close docks for spring crappie, but not much more. It might overhead lob a little better. Either way it will save me carrying a spinning rod for a couple trips. Overall, I'm pretty confident this setup will fish a 1/20 TRD ned well enough and might just work fine for some smaller stuff. Reeling is just okay. Its pretty geary and plasticy. I suspect the gear train is largely plastic based on the rest of the reel. Some grease might help it, but again, this is a dip my toes purchase. If I find that I like it and want to fish it more, I'll do a teardown and clean/lube. If I find a really like it, then I probably just grab a shimano BFS reel. As I get some time on the water with this reel, I'll update this thread so there is a complete impression. thanks, rick Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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