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Looking to get one or the other. Any reasons why ones better then the other. From what I hear, the Ergonomics of the SOL is a step better, but the Fuego has a better drag. Not sure if the sol is Magnesium but I know the Fuego is, and shouldn't be used in Salt. I wouldn't fish salt water, but the delta is "brackish" and that might worry me.

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What rod and tech are you going to use the reel for?  I'm guessing that your talking about the baitcasting.   I use the sol on my light crankbait rod and love it.  The Sol is a 5.8:1 and the Fuego is 6.3:1  The Sol holds 10/105 12/90 and the Fuego holds 12/120 14/100 of line.  The Sol is 7.40 oz and the Fuego is 7.60 oz and the Sol is a smaller profile reel aswell.  I fish Daiwa reels and the Sol is a great reel.   However, I think that there are better choices in the Daiwa line then the Fuego. IMHO

If your talking spinning reels I would go with the Sol hands down and I have never fished the Fuego.  Thats how much I like the the Sol spinning reel.  If I could afford to change out my stradics and replace them with Sols I would in a second.  I'm working on it and have 3 more to go.  I hope that the info was helpful but I must run I hear the Shimano posse coming ;D ;D ;D

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When I decided to go the Daiwa route with the new baitcaster, I was in the exact same position you are in now. It wasn't until I went to the store and actually mounted the reels on the exact rod I was going to use it on, did I finally decide.

I went with the Sol for a few reasons.

1) I loved the compact size. A nice small reel that was still rated for the type of fishing I was going to use it for. It's considered a ML reel, but, IMO, it's close enough to a M that it works for a lot of bass fishing.

2) Balance. The balance of the Sol is superior to the Fuego, IMO. When mounted to a rod, there isn't a lot of pull to the handle side, making it seem out of balance.

3) The weight. Yeah, .2 doesn't sem like a lot, but when you get a better, IMO, frame, the .2 oz makes a difference.

The Sol has the aluminum frame, and IS rated for saltwater. The drags are the same between the Sol and Fuego, the anti-backlash/cast control systems are different. The Sol has the "V" system and the "V" spool. The Fuego has the "Z" system, and the "U" spool. That is basically why the Fuego can hold more line. As said above, the gear ratio is different too. The Sol is 5.8:1 or 23 inches and the Fuego is 6.3:1 or 28 inches. This had no bearing on my decision as the main purpose of the reel was for crankbaits. It may factor into what you choose though. I'm no expert, but I'll throw out my 2 cents incase it does help.

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What rod and tech are you going to use the reel for? I'm guessing that your talking about the baitcasting. I use the sol on my light crankbait rod and love it. The Sol is a 5.8:1 and the Fuego is 6.3:1 The Sol holds 10/105 12/90 and the Fuego holds 12/120 14/100 of line. The Sol is 7.40 oz and the Fuego is 7.60 oz and the Sol is a smaller profile reel aswell. I fish Daiwa reels and the Sol is a great reel. However, I think that there are better choices in the Daiwa line then the Fuego. IMHO

If your talking spinning reels I would go with the Sol hands down and I have never fished the Fuego. Thats how much I like the the Sol spinning reel. If I could afford to change out my stradics and replace them with Sols I would in a second. I'm working on it and have 3 more to go. I hope that the info was helpful but I must run I hear the Shimano posse coming ;D ;D ;D

Traitor!   ::)

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The Sol is aluminum but doesn 't have corrosion resistant bearings so yo 'd better rinse it quite good after fishing brackish water, the Fuego is magnesium, non coated magnesium, I wouldn 't even let it breathe near a salty environment.

The Sol is a smaller profile reel but the Fuego is as comfortable as the Sol.

The Sol is a slower reel ( 22" IPT ) while the Fuego is a fast reel ( 26" IPT ).

The Fuego has a deeper U shape spool than the Sol 's narrow shallow V shape spool.

Drag is the same in both reels, 8.8 lbs.

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Didn't know the SOL was 5.8:1.

This reel will be on a MBR844C GLX rod - specifically for jigs. I will be using it in brackish water and can't get away from that.

My hands are pretty small, and fishing jigs I need to be able to palm the reel with ease. Problem with smaller reels, is the line cap.

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At least try on a CTE200GT, that's what I have on mine. This is a relatively small, but powerful round reel. My MBR844 is my dedicated jig rig, but it's also my striper rod. You may decide this is not the reel for you, but it is EXACTLY the right reel for jig fishing and BIG fish!

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Brokejew, welcome to the darkside. You may also want to take a look at the Alphas. It has CRBB's and costs about the same as the Sol.

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Both are too much. I found a few NIB SOLs for $170ish. I cannot spend over $200 and would prefer to spend less, but still want quality.

The SOL is too slow speed, the Fuego can't fish brackish, so now i'm back to square one.

TD Advantage SuperTuned?

Maybe if I can find a Zillion on Ebay?

any other suggestions.

This reel will need to hold a decent amount of 17lb test, something my Curado 100 cannot do, and the 200 is too big for my hands.

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The new Advantage Supertuned can be had for the $130.00 range on eBay.  It has 10 bearings, brackish safe, low profile but a little wide.  Good choice IMHO.  The Shimano's RW was suggesting is probably a safe bet too. They're bulletproof!   I'm like you, I like small reels.  :)

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The TDA could be a good option but still, no CRRBs.

Zillion does have CRBBs.  :)

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The new Advantage Supertuned can be had for the $130.00 range on eBay.  It has 10 bearings, brackish safe, low profile but a little wide.  Good choice IMHO.  The Shimano's RW was suggesting is probably a safe bet too. They're bulletproof!   I'm like you, I like small reels.  :)

Redlinerobert, the devil that he is, is trying to talk me into a Zillion, and he might have very well done so. If I don't get the Zillion, I will probably get the Advantage supertuned, but I need to go hold one in my hand first, and make sure it's not too wide. I've heard the same thing you said about it being wide.

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