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After fishing Zillions for awhile, I have opinion about their smoothness

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They are almost too smooth.  There, I said it.

Up until this season, I mainly fished Revos.  They were plenty smooth.  But they did have some play.  You don't really notice it until you compare them to a Zillion.  When you do, you can feel the Zillion is built to tighter tolerances.  

But the advantage of the looseness in the Revo is feel.  I feel next to nothing through the Zillion.  Maybe a good fisherman doesn't need to.  But once you are used to the feel of a Revo on a sensitive rod, then replace it with a Zillion, it seems to loose something.  The overall feel just isn't there.  

I'm not knocking the Zillion, I love them.  They are casting beasts.  But there is something to be said for a little backplay in a reel.  Once you are used to it, taking it away feels like your hand's asleep.

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They are almost too smooth. There, I said it.

Up until this season, I mainly fished Revos. They were plenty smooth. But they did have some play. You don't really notice it until you compare them to a Zillion. When you do, you can feel the Zillion is built to tighter tolerances.

But the advantage of the looseness in the Revo is feel. I feel next to nothing through the Zillion. Maybe a good fisherman doesn't need to. But once you are used to the feel of a Revo on a sensitive rod, then replace it with a Zillion, it seems to loose something. The overall feel just isn't there.

I'm not knocking the Zillion, I love them. They are casting beasts. But there is something to be said for a little backplay in a reel. Once you are used to it, taking it away feels like your hand's asleep.

do you get the same thing with the Sols?

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Not as much with the Sol.  But another thing I've noticed...  All of them - the Sol, Fuego and Zillion - have very smooth drags and very smooth retrieves.  I've actually had line pulled out when I thought I was retrieving.  

It's all new to me.  With my Revo there are subtle differences in feel when different things happen.  With my Daiwas, it all feels the same.  

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i wonder if its the weight difference. i too have been screwing around with the drag off cranking the handle thinking d**n this thing cast farther than i thought.

i had my eye on the zillion but after messing with them i think id rather add a bit and get a pixy or if my wife doesnt find out an ito.

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I love my Sol.  Its not quite as smooth as the Zillion, but that reel has helped improve my accuracy with light crank baits.  Over my last couple of outings, I used it exclusively for lighter cranks, like the Bomber Fat A.  I can put them right where I want them.  It's not a long-distance caster by any means.  But if you need precision, its all there.  

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Hows the Zillion with the lighter weights?  I keep hearing it is not as good as others in this area.

Later, :)

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10-4 on the Sols.

everyone should own one of these.

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It's not that bad.  It can cast 1/4oz cranks pretty well.  I just don't cast many light baits with them.  My Zillions are pulling heavier duty.  The Feugo also does pretty well with 1/4oz cranks.   The Sol does the best.  Like I said, the Sol cast light baits so well its easy to place them very precisely.  With the Zillion, I can cast a 1/2 oz crank bait a long way to cover a log ot water.  With the Sol, I can cast a Bomber Fat A under low hanging branches to get on the far side of a cypress tree trunk.  

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Wow!.... and here I thought you'd jumped completely off the Revo boat.  This is quite a perception, you are a very astute guy.  Now I'm wondering about this being the thing I couldn't quite put my finger on with a couple spinning reels that were new to me last summer.  I guess I better pay closer attention to things.  Interesting post!

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