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Daiwa Sol vs Shimano Chronarch 50mg

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Guess I'm trying to sell myself on those 50 mg's that are being clearanced. But, trying to figure out what the advantage to having one would be besides low weight. I have the sol, tdx, and calais 100...all of which are very versatile reels. Looking for input. Thanks.

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I have both reels, I bought the Daiwa Sol a couple weeks ago, both are left hand.  

The Sol b/c reel is slightly smaller height wise than the Chronarch MG50/51.  But the MG is lighter than the Sol close to 1 1/2 oz.  The MG has centrifugal braking, while the Sol has Mag V braking.

I have 20 lb(6 dia) Sufix braid on the MG & 10 lb P-Line CXX on the Sol.  To me the MG casts lighter lures a little better than the Sol, but both can cast light lures better than a 200 sized b/c reel.  But the MG seems to do a much better job at it.  I think it's due to the centrifugal braking.  I know I've gotten a couple birds nest (not that bad though) w/ the Sol using the same lure.  The MG holds more line than the Sol.  I've heard of some people who own either reel & use it for flipping w/ heavier line.  They seem to like the smaller size of these reels for that type of technique & line capacity isn't all that important.  But I've heard that the drags on both reels aren't that strong & these people tend to get stronger drags for them also.  I think the Sol will cast slightly farther than the MG, haven't really put both to the test since it's winter & ice is on the water. :-/

I bought the MG this past summer & glad I did, since this model is being discontinued by Shimano.  I would think that the Sol will soon be discontinued by Daiwa too, the reel is 3-4 yrs old & is old tech(does not have a clicking star drag & the handle knobs are hard plastic); compared to what is available now.  They are not old school....yet, but they are very, very good finesse b/c reels.  

The MG is the lightest b/c reel I own in a low profile design.  The Sol is such a good looking reel that I bought it to match w/ the Carrot Stix b/c rod(s) I have.  I have the 6'9" MH & 6'9" parabolic Carrot Stix.  I did pick up the Daiwa Fuego b/c reel also to go w/ the MH Carrot stix for my worm rod.  I would use the Sol on the parabolic rod for my cranking setup.  I don't really care for "slow" speed b/c reels, like ones that only get 21 IPT of line pick up.  I prefer if I'm going to go "slow", to get a b/c reel that has a 24-25 IPT line pick up.  I can bring the lure down to the depth I want & I have a slightly higher speed to reel in the fish.

These 2 reels are for the U.S. market, there are Japanese counterparts to these reels, but why pay that much more for a b/c reel that is similar to these 2 finesse b/c reels?  Both are smooth & efficient for what are intended for these reels.

If you like to collect reels, by all means get the MG cuz it's being discontinued & it will be a working collectors item, like the Sol eventually.  The Daiwa Fuego b/c reel seems to be the little brother of the Zillion, which I also have in 7.1:1.

People are buying up the MG's quite fast now that a new model of the MG will not be available.  Shimano wants you to jump to get the Core instead.  Very nice reel & "almost" as light as the MG.  But at $350 retail, I don't want it.  I am now thinking of getting the Chronarch 101B, since the new Chronarch model is of a Core design & jumps to $300 retail.  I like the look of the Chronarch B & its coloring.  I'm not too impressed w/ the pearl white color of the 2009 Chronarch & it's a $50 less Core model IMO.

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IMO, the MG is the better choice.  The lighter weight buys you greater sensitivity and less fatigue.  At the current price you can't go wrong!

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I got a daiwa alphas (Japanese version of Sol) and a 50mg. The 50mg is lighter, casts better and has better ergonomics. I like the centrifugal braking system more than the Mag V. The drag of the alphas is a bit more powerful and the reel seems stronger (aluminum body and brass gears), but I have never had any problem with any of them. If you fish salt water I think the sol is a better choice but when it comes down to bass fishing I see myself using the 50mg a lot more than the alphas.

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This probably won't be much help as I have never fished the Sol, but my 4th Chronarch Mg is on its way! ;) I'm sure the Sol is a very nice reel but I just love my Mg's.

Good luck!

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MG's are great little reels for casting lightweight lures.  

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The warranty/manual  for the SOL says DO NOT USE IN SALT WATER!  I have both and like both.  I use the Sol for cranks and the MG for flukes, worms.

Both cast very nice but I think the MG is a bit better.  If I had to give one up then it would be the SOL because I can't go w/out Shimano.

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