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Why buy Shimano MG 50 when the Calais is cheaper?

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Of course the Mg50 is lighter but as far as a quality built reel isn't the Calais one of the smoothest and best reel Shimano has ever built? Also sells for $299 vs $379 or thereabouts.

I have neither reel but looking at buying another outfit. So what would you buy?

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The Calais DC is not comparable.

I stand corrected. The Shimano Calais 100A is $399 not $299

Still which is better, newer Mg50 or Calais for another $20-30.00

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The Calais is archaic.  It is smooth, but it's a brick and I hate the Johnny Morris mirror finish.  It is long overdue for a redesign.  There are several reels I'd take over the Calais.  

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Hummm... Calais 9 oz vs Core 50 5.5 oz, 40% lighter, new lower profile design. Comparing apples to oranges.

I fish with a Core 50 and Core 100 almost everyday and I will even prefer the core 50 over the 100 everytime (probably going to replace the core 100 with another 50 soon). Ive tried/fished a Calais and the Core 50 blows it away.

Dont take my word for it, get your hands on both reels and using the same rod, try them and I can almost guarantee you will pick the core 50.

I only paid $325 for a new core 50 a couple of days ago on ebay and got a great deal on new GLX for it.

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Gonna go with the group here and say the Core 50. Holding that thing in your hand for the first time is shocking!

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I used to own a Calais 100A ( sold it get me a TDZ  :) ), a friend of mine has two Calais 200.

Weight aside:

Calais ---> no HEG; Core 50 Mg ---> HEG

Calais ---> don 't let the bearing count get you, 4 of those 10 bearings are in the knobs.

Calais 200 ---> not the newest technology there, the reel has remained the same since it was launched to the marke, doesn 't stop it from being a great reel.

Calais 100 ---> more modern reel but still no HEG.

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The Calais 100A has HEG, its just not as large of gearing as the Core. It actually uses the same main gear as the CTE 100.

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make the choice easier and end up with a much better reel..... Go on Ebay and find you a nice TD-Z 103 or 105 and have the best reel ever made hands down.

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make the choice easier and end up with a much better reel..... Go on Ebay and find you a nice TD-Z 103 or 105 and have the best reel ever made hands down.

Off topic posts are generally removed, but since you

are brand new, I'll leave this up as a reminder for others.

We don't allow the Shimano Posse to hijack other brand

threads either.

-Kent a.k.a. roadwarrior

Global Moderator

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wow this is different then other forums normally people want opinions.. ill make sure I dont comment off subject anymore.

It's usually best to stay on the subject that people are asking about.

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wow this is different then other forums normally people want opinions.. ill make sure I don't comment off subject anymore.

Good...But you are encouraged to start another thread.

We have several members that will contribute, the TD-Z

reels are highly regarded by some of our most knowledgeable

guys.

Back on topic, I have both the Calais 200 and CH50MG.

The Calais is a tank and I REALLY like it for several

applications: Mattlures Baby Bass, 3/4 oz Ledgebuster

Single Willow Blade Spinnerbaits and Rage Tail Anaconda

to name a few.

The CH50MG is simply a marvelous reel and the better choice

for most techniques, especially if your goal is to minimize

weight. Mine is saddled to a Dobyns 803C split grip.

8-)

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make the choice easier and end up with a much better reel..... Go on Ebay and find you a nice TD-Z 103 or 105 and have the best reel ever made hands down.

Off topic posts are generally removed, but since you

are brand new, I'll leave this up as a reminder for others. We don't allow the Shimano Posse to hijack other brand threads

either.

-Kent a.k.a. roadwarrior

Global Moderator

LOL, you are really showing your kinder gentler nature.

The other day, you offered to send a beggar some stuff, in spite of admonishing him not to ask again.

Hardly befitting a "warrior".   ;D

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