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Revo STX: 3 weeks later

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I posted a while ago about whether to get a Revo STX or a Curado for a frogging/jigging reel. After all the debate I ended up getting the STX on sale about three weeks ago.

I have fished it almost exclusively in my last 5-6 outings and have caught fish on jigs and frogs with it including a great guided trip on the Potomac in a grass filled creek that is the prototypical sloppy, lily pad infested frog-gear testing area.

The end result is: I like it! A lot! I was worried about the brakes after reading that they could be touchy and required more attention than the centrifugal brakes that I'm used to. I haven't really had much of a problem with the brakes. I have noticed they can require a little tweaking between different lures but it's really not as bad as I thought. The reel casts notably farther than my Citica (which it should because the MSRP is higher) and the reel feels smooth and solid. I can count how many times I've backlashed on one hand. I can also throw weightless senkos with it very easily. Overall, I'm very happy with my STX, so happy that I ordered a Premier and mounted it on my Zillion short distance plastics and jig rod. I hope to test out the Premier in the coming weeks and see if it really is noticeably different than the STX or not. I still want to try a Curado E though.

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Thanks Dan, good info. just received mine, waiting on my new GBlanks to hook her up. May be a few more weeks though, hand surgery has put my fishing on hold.

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Good report, Dan.  Glad you like the reel.  STXs are excellent.

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Glad you like it Dan... STX's are great!

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17 months later...

                             

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17 months later...

yeah, we'll see...I'm hoping for the best though.

Still, my next reel WILL be a high end Shimano or Daiwa. I would just say Shimano (I already own a Fuego) but the Zillions are just too tempting. I own a Daiwa, several Shimanos, and a couple of Abus and I am very satisfied with all of them. I guess I'm not as much of a "brand guy" as I thought I was.

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If I can pull back the curtain for a bit and be honest... :-/

In the last three years I've fished quite a few reels.  Daiwa, Flooger, Garcia, Shimano.  Of those reels, I don't think I've actually hated a single one of them.

I wasn't fond of the braking system on the Revo Premier and I'm not a fan of the Daiwa Magforce system.

Other than that, I would be happy fishing anything I've owned over the last few years.  The bottom line for me is that I just love Shimano reels.  Always have, always will.  I like being able to pick up any rod in my locker and casting.  

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I have been wanting to try out a Curado for awhile now, I really wish tackle warehouse had them in the rental thing they do.  Reason I was started on Abu's is a friend had them, I fished his, liked them and stuck with them because I knew them.  I have a hard time buying a $200 reel on a whim and hoping I like it.  

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If I can pull back the curtain for a bit and be honest... :-/

In the last three years I've fished quite a few reels. Daiwa, Flooger, Garcia, Shimano. Of those reels, I don't think I've actually hated a single one of them.

I wasn't fond of the braking system on the Revo Premier and I'm not a fan of the Daiwa Magforce system.

Other than that, I would be happy fishing anything I've owned over the last few years. The bottom line for me is that I just love Shimano reels. Always have, always will. I like being able to pick up any rod in my locker and casting.

Out of all my reels, I like my Fuego the LEAST. I like my Citica the best for ease of use but the new Garcias are better casters. I suspect a higher end Shimano would cast more like the Garcias so that's why I am going to get one next.

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I suspect a higher end Shimano would cast more like the Garcias so that's why I am going to get one next.

FWIW, in my experience with the STX, Premier, and S vs. the Citica and Curado, the Shimanos win the casting distance challenge.

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I suspect a higher end Shimano would cast more like the Garcias so that's why I am going to get one next.

FWIW, in my experience with the STX, Premier, and S vs. the Citica and Curado, the Shimanos win the casting distance challenge.

Good, well whoever loses will end up a flipping or pitching reel and some other type of short distance technique.

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If you know how to use the STX, there is NO WAY the Curado casts farther!

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Up until I owned Zillions, the Revo STX were the longest casting low profile reels I've tried, with Fuegos a somewhat close second.  But the Zillions really stepped it up.  I feel like I can get significantly more distance on the Zillion than the Revo.  The Zillions feels more refined than the Revo.  Nevertheless, unless I'm trying to cover a lot of water with a crankbait, distance it hardly a major concern.  They can all be cast equally accurately which is more important in most situations.  

If I had to do it over again, I probably would not have bought any Fuegos - even though I like them immensely (and won't get rid of the two I have).  I would have just bought Zillions and Sols.  In fact, I just bought another Sol.  I really like them.  It is the easiest casting, best feeling, easiest palming, lightest-bait casting reel I've tried

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Up until I owned Zillions, the Revo STX were the longest casting low profile reels I've tried, with Fuegos a somewhat close second. But the Zillions really stepped it up. I feel like I can get significantly more distance on the Zillion than the Revo. The Zillions feels more refined than the Revo. Nevertheless, unless I'm trying to cover a lot of water with a crankbait, distance it hardly a major concern. They can all be cast equally accurately which is more important in most situations.

If I had to do it over again, I probably would not have bought any Fuegos - even though I like them immensely (and won't get rid of the two I have). I would have just bought Zillions and Sols. In fact, I just bought another Sol. I really like them. It is the easiest casting, best feeling, easiest palming, lightest-bait casting reel I've tried

Yes, the Zillion is very tempting for me, especially to put on my Zillion rod. I love the way they look and feel and cast. I honestly don't know why I don't like my Fuego. It palms well, it casts pretty well, it backlashes a little but not too bad as far as I set it right and don't get over zealous, but for some reason I just feel like I could backlash at any time when I'm using it. Also, it feels like it lacks power when cranking a bait with resistance or fighting a fish. I think I'm going to get the mechanics checked out as I think I may have messed it up somehow.

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I have been wanting to try out a Curado for awhile now, I really wish tackle warehouse had them in the rental thing they do. Reason I was started on Abu's is a friend had them, I fished his, liked them and stuck with them because I knew them. I have a hard time buying a $200 reel on a whim and hoping I like it.

If you live near a BPS or Cabelas, you can buy it and if you don't like it within 30 days you can return it.

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If you know how to use the STX, there is NO WAY the Curado casts farther!

Yep, I hear the professhunul fishers can spool an STX with nothing more than a 1/32 oz. duck feather fly.

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I too think the STX outcasts Curados and Chronarchs, including the 50 mg (I own a 50 mg, 100B Chronarch, E7 and 100D). I just purchased a Zillion Cranker (on Sale at Cabellas Bargain Cave for 189.99 at the moment) and agree with Micro. It outcasts the STX.

P.S. The Chronarch 100B is a highly underrated reel in my opinion. It is somewhat heavy (9 oz.) but I found that it is smoother and outcasts the E7. The Zillion and STX still cast farther in my experience than the CH100B, but not by alot.

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I have been wanting to try out a Curado for awhile now, I really wish tackle warehouse had them in the rental thing they do. Reason I was started on Abu's is a friend had them, I fished his, liked them and stuck with them because I knew them. I have a hard time buying a $200 reel on a whim and hoping I like it.

If you live near a BPS or Cabelas, you can buy it and if you don't like it within 30 days you can return it.

Yeah I have debated this, but the nearest BPS is 3.5 hours and the nearest cabellas is about 2.  I may buy one if I'm ever out near one of them and have the money to give it a shot.  

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Dan ... Just curious as to why you like the Fuego the least. I really like the feel and performance of mine. Like I said, just curious. Not looking for an argument.

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Dan ... Just curious as to why you like the Fuego the least. I really like the feel and performance of mine. Like I said, just curious. Not looking for an argument.

I honestly just don't know. I feel like I have to baby it but I'm not really sure why. Also, it seems to struggle under heavy loads. I'm going to get it repaired sometime soon because I think I may have messed up the gearing somehow.

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I suspect a higher end Shimano would cast more like the Garcias so that's why I am going to get one next.

FWIW, in my experience with the STX, Premier, and S vs. the Citica and Curado, the Shimanos win the casting distance challenge.

Wow, I use nothing but Revo's and my experiences have been just the opposite. My Abu's outcast the Shimano's. How ironic is that?

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If you know how to use the STX, there is NO WAY the Curado casts farther!

Yep, I hear the professhunul fishers can spool an STX with nothing more than a 1/32 oz. duck feather fly.

and that's into the wind buddy.   :D

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If you know how to use the STX, there is NO WAY the Curado casts farther!

Yep, I hear the professhunul fishers can spool an STX with nothing more than a 1/32 oz. duck feather fly.

and that's into the wind buddy. :D

while taking a leak on the cigarette butt they just flipped into the lake...

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