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In the market to buy new reel and rod need help

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hi guys, at the moment I'm looking to buy a new reel and rod, to replace my Rhino kevlar tip 6'6" meduim power rod with a Mitchell Excellence II reel with Berkley fireline 14lb smoke color. (yea i need a big upgrade lol).

i went to the local fishing hunting shop, (basically our canadian version of your Bps), and asked about buying a reel in the 100$can price range, he suggested the Shimano Symetre FI series SY-2500FI model

http://fish.shimano.com/publish/content/global_fish/en/us/index/products/reels/spinning/Symetre_FI.html

and a Shimano Convergence rod 6'6" spinning Medium power and fast action rod to compliment my reel. i tested out the reel and really like the weight and feel and the smoothness, i also tried a Quantum reel at the same price range and i found it a bit more heavy and not as smooth. haven't tried any other brand or model. the guy offered me this reel and rod combo because i asked for a general all purpose rod and reel since i like to fish for everything mostly bass though but also pike walleye and other fish i get in my river, and i don't have money to have different rods for different types of fishing, so i took his word for the things he showed me. haven't bought it yet.

so all i want to know did he suggest something good for my type of fishing, i really have no clue about rods and reel and line combinations and types :-?, so I'm asking for your help and advice.

thanks

Dan

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I am not familiar with that rod but I know that the 2500 Symmetry is a very good reel.  I think I have 10 or 12 Symmetrys in different sizes and some of them have been used for 10 years and have had no problems.

I don't know about that particular rod but I do pair my 2500 reels with 6'6" MF rods.  I have 3 set up like that in the boat right now.

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thanks for sharing your opinion on the reel, in my head i basically already chose the 2500 symetre i realy like the feel and weight of it, but i wanted to double check with you guys, and so im guessing the 6'6" MF rod is good for all round fish too?

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Yes, I think that would be a good setup. I have not used that particular rod but the reel is good and a MF is what I would get as well. Congrats! Enjoy it!

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well thats another thing i dont need to worry about,  thanks for the opinions and advice.

thanks and good fishing

Dan

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