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Does the added spool diameter of the 3000 size offer enough improvement in line management to warrant the additional 1 to 1.5 oz. in weight over the 2500 size?

It is my understanding that the diameter for 2500 & 3000 on the new Shimano's is the same, but different for Daiwa reels.

The use would be for heavier lines approaching #10 or #12.  Thanks ;)

Leon

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That's big line for 2500 size spools.  

A few years ago when I bought a TD Fuego, I got the 3000 size since I wanted to use #10/#12.  But they used the same size and weight body as the 2500 but with a different diameter spool.  My set up is used with sufix #10 and works good.  The #12 was just too much for trouble free fishing.

I don't know what the current offerings look like, but i do know that you will likely have trouble with #10 or #12 on a 2500 size spool, unless you go with something extremely limp.

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Thanks for the input flechero ;)

I just found out from Cabela's that the difference between the 2500 & 3000 spool diameters (for their Tournament ZX) is a bit under 1/4 of an inch.  Based upon line capacity, I'm assuming it is the same design for the Tierra.

I realize #12 might be too much, but I'd like to find something stronger than #6 Yo-Zuri UltraSoft.  The YZ-US is definitely stronger than the other #6 I've used, but there was not enough added strength to make a meaningful difference (still lost lures in similar situations).  I'm also considering braid, but I'm concerned about the rocky bottom in the quarry where I fish from the bank.  

Cheers :)

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I've used Daiwa 2500-sized reels for years with 10-12# mono without any particular problems, but they were spinning-friendly lines, such as Stren or Trilene XL. I've been using more 15# Power Pro in the last couple of years, but not in rocky places like your quarry.

I'm not sure, but I think Daiwa's 2500 might be a little bigger than Shimano's.

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MHO : 20lb braid with 4-8 ft of 10-15# fluoro.

Except one Symetre, all my other "big fish" reels (not the trout, panfish) are Daiwa's for the "bigger diameter" reason.

Tight lines

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Personally, I use 2500's.

I have 4500's for catfishing.

I also have smaller spinning reels, down to 1000, for pond and finesse fishing.

But I have found that the 2500 size is the best for me for all applications and techniques.

I do not worry about the extra spool. Never had to change spools on spinning reels when fishing.

Now baitcasters.....that's another story.

Try to go with the lightest reel you feel comfortable using.

Happy New Year!  ;)

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I use the old Stradic 2000's and then went to the 2500's when they stopped making the 2000.  Last year I picked up a couple Shimano Stradic 3000's and I am impressed with the wider spool and it weighs the exact same as the 2500.  For the braid and fluro line the wider spool just works much smoother for me.  

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Thanks for your insights.  I just ordered the Tierra 2500.  I figure it's the safe route - there's always a need for a good 2500 size spinning reel.  I stayed with the Tierra because I had enough gift cards and would have second guessed myself if I'd gone with something else.

I figure if I still have the urge to try a 3000 size, I'll pick up a Cabela's Tournament ZX (Exceler) on sale to use on one of my spare rods.

Cheers!

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