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I noticed that many people buy a reel let's just far reference purposes a Shimano they will buy 200 series or larger. Is this a personal preference or is there some reasoning behind this choice?

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The Shimano series you are referring to used to be their 2000 series which is now the 2500 series (same size). I have three 2500 series and two 1000 series that I like just fine. The 1000 series is smaller, lighter and may not be quite as strong, but it is still a fine reel.

Perhaps it's just about balance. I have a Stella 1000FA matched up with a St. Croix Avid AS66MLF. This is an excellent light tackle rig. My Stella 2500FBs are on 7' rods, St. Croix Legend Elite AS70MF (my soft plastics rig) and  a G.Loomis PR844S (my live bait/ smallmouth rig). I aslo fish a 2500 Sustain on a Fenwick Techna AV AVS70MM for light lures with treble hooks. In each situation, the reels just seem to match up better.

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Thanks roadwarrior, I should have been more specific because I was actually referring to bait casting reels. I don't own a spinning reel but plan on buy one soon and will pick your brain and others on that subject. I just find it strange that says a Calcutta/Curado 200 size reels out sale the lighter 100s. Since nobody's answering may it's just me who notices things like this.

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I fish the same combinations for all treble hooks (jerkbaits, crankbaits amd topwater);

Medium weight:  St. Croix Avid AC66MF/ Shimano Calais 200

Heavy & deep divers: Lamiglas SR705R/ Shimano CTE200GT

My next rig for these classes: G.Loomis PR844C/ Calais 200  

Perfect example, so why the 200 series?  Is it line capacity, gears, or what?

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Oh! Sorry, I thought you were talking about spinning tackle earlier.

I have the 200 because that's what a friend of mine that owns a tackle shop recommended. I didn't know the difference at the time and maybe the 100 wasn't available (I think I bought mine in 2000 or '01). Anyhow, my next reel will be the Calais CL100A. I plan to put it on the AC66MF and the 200 on my new PR844C.

Line capacity is the only thing I can think of and that is not an issue for bass fishing. Perhaps the 200 is marginally stronger, but again, I don't think that is an issue either.

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Thanks for the input   8-)

I have a bad habit of noticing tiny details, to some it's insignificant, and maybe ReelMech could enlighten us as to any differences.

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RW, i certainly agree with you.  as you know, i also have a 200 calais & it is Absolutely Awesome!  ...the thing is, however, i have Lots more reels than i need! (please don't tell my wife i said that.  LOL)

however, that being said, if i buy another bait caster anytime soon, it will also be the 100 calais.

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from a "novice" standpoint and I AM most certainly a novice compared to MOST folks here... I think the 200 is more the "standard" size reel...  ALL of my reels are the 200 size and they will have the varied gear ratios... Curado just came out with the 300 and that is MUCH more beefy and the line capacity is a lot more... NOW they Curado 100 is the little brother to the 200.. weighs less and holds less line.. if you have small hands or have carpel tunnel or shoulder issues... you might want to SERIOUSLY look at a 100 series reel... NOW I just ordered a MG50 today... it has line capacity like a Curado 100 but a couple of ounces lighter...

I might be way off base... but I notice things like this too and I was always curious as to what was up... pick up a 100,200, and the new Curado 300 and you will most definately notice the difference and you will know exactly what I am talking about

AL

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100 series reels are smaller than 200 models reels which is many cases also makes the reel with a limited line capacity, some versions are not available in 100 models.

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Catt, that interesting. I didn't know the 200 size outsold the 100 size reels. I would have thought the smaller, lighter reels would be the top sellers. Guess that's what I get for "thoughtin". I pay attention to these details myself. For bass fishing, line capacity is not an issue, but I would think that weight is. I'm all for smaller and lighter. Maybe in some people's perceptions smaller and lighter mean weaker. Beats me.

Cheers,

GK

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