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Need Help Choosing A New Spining Reel

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I want to buy a very good spining reel for my grandson to use.  I bought him a Quantum to fish with but it twists the line so bad after a half days fishing.  I know he used to wind when a fish was taking drag of if he was hung up he would wind the handle.  I thought this was the problem but he knows better now and very rarely does that.  I am partial to Shimano products as I have purchased him a Shimano Crucial Rod 6' 6" MH. But if there is a better reel than Shimano makes I will purchase it.  Also need some advice on the line to use.  I use P-Line CXX Xtra strong and have used 8 & 10# on his reel.  I was thinking of using Trilene XL 10# on his new reel as it seems to me the P-Line has too much memory and is to stiff for a spining reel.  Thanks

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Don't know how much you want to spend but they all make pretty good reels in the 150.00-200.00 range.

Yozuri ultra soft.

McCoy mean green.

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My priciest spinning reel is a Browning Citori 2500. I like it a lot. But I also like my cheaper Shimano Sonora, and Abu Cardinal.

I don't know if I would spend $150+ on a spinning reel. You might think about starting him on a baitcaster.

I do have some line suggestions;

mono: Trilene XL/ Suffix Siege

fluoro: Seaguar Invizx/ Spiderwire Ultracast 100% FC.

None of these have the memory/ stiffness problem.

The stiffness of a line usually increases with breaking strength. Two of my spinning reels has 6# line, the third has 4#. I never use anything over 6# in a spinning reel; if it's heavier cover, I go to braid or my baitcaster.

Also, KVD L&L helps; a lot.

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Cabelas has the Prodigy on sale and its made by Daiwa and is a very good spinning reel. It's normally $100 but on sale for $70. As far as the line goes I would stay with something in the 6# with 8# being the max and staying away from 10# line even with KVD. Most 2000-2500 spinning reels can handle the 6# line without too much memory and using KVD. Anything heavier than that I would go with braid. On my Quantum Catalyst I have Cabelas 6# Fluorocarbon and use it as one of my crankbait setups.

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What about other issues ? Is he using a  bait that coils the line or twists it, is the bearing on the bail working ok, just thinking of things that may cause the twist without you spending money. The other guys are on the money with the line also. If you can go with a limper line, you could perhaps save yourself some money to spend on the Bait Monkey for him. Just a thought.

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Shimano Stradic CI4/ Yo-Zuri Hybrid Ultra Soft #6

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewicast09shimanoreels.html

http://yo-zuri.com/

8-)

+2.  If 200 is a little high, try the Shimano Stradic FI!  Thats what I currently have, and although I haven't fished it too much, I like it, and It will get put through the paces on Brown fish!  Aint that right RW!!

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10# is too heavy for a spinning reel. 8# is the outer limit for me. That's most likely the cause of his line troubles. I went to braid on my spinning outfits and never looked back. Use a leader as needed.

As Bass Brat said, they're all in the same ballpark these days, although I have a $40 Pflueger Trion that I'll put up against anything.

You DO NOT need to spend top $$ to get a good reel.

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Several good spinning reels in that range, I have fished Shimano for years and not been disappointed in any model I have purchased.  I would suggest you go with braid on the spinning reel.  This will eliminate the twist.  If you are concerned about visibility of braid go with a flouro leader tied with a uni to uni to the braid.  I have fished this on my stradics for well over 10 years and I'll never go back to straight mono or flouro.

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Stick with Shimano.  It's where you'll end up after you try everything else.

I have the Stradic and Symetre.  There is very little, if any, discernible difference in smoothness, performance or line management between the Stradic and the Symetre.  For the money, the Symetre is about as good as you can get.

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I had the same problem with my sedona. I started out with 10 pound line, then went down to 8, and then down to 6. It didn't matter what brand of line I put on, it still wanted to twist. I ended up putting some braid on it and problem solved.

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i have no problems with 8lb flouro on my stradic fi 2500.

i think the 2500 symetre is the best bang for your buck.

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Daiwa's air bail takes away a lot of that nasty twist cause by spinning reels.

I have 6# test P-line on my Daiwa fuego 2000 and i haven't see a twist yet. :(

I also have a Daiwa Tierra 2500 and it's also the nicest spinning reel i own.You can find these for under $100 if you look hard enough.

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The Pflueger President is a lot of reel for <$60 IMO and comes with a spare spool.

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Make sure he is closing the bail by hand and that there is tension on the line when doing it.  This will elimanate a lot of twist.  You will always have coiling prolbems with floro....its the nature of the beast.  KVD line conditioner helps a lot.

I like a Plueger President spinning reel. 

I too, have switched to braid with a floro leader. 

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Daiwa's air bail takes away a lot of that nasty twist cause by spinning reels.

I have 6# test P-line on my Daiwa fuego 2000 and i haven't see a twist yet. :(

I also have a Daiwa Tierra 2500 and it's also the nicest spinning reel i own.You can find these for under $100 if you look hard enough.

X2 on grimlin's thoughts. I'm running a Daiwa Tierra 2500 with Seaquar Invizx 8#. It is truly the sweetest reel I've owned.

The Air Bail is fantastic at reducing twist. It definitely lives up to the marketing hype.

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I don't think there is a spinning reel in existance that won't coil 10lb CXX. I think the line is more the problem than the reel in this case...

That said, if looking for a good spinning reel, I would definately look at the Stradic 2500 or Abu Soron STX20.

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