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I picked up the BPS Carbonlite in left hand today.  I returned a Browning Midas b/c reel, the centri braking on it started to get loud and the brake would rub and I'd lose distance.  I tried just using the magnetic but I would birds nest if I don't use both brakes.  The Midas is a very good reel just a bit heavy and finding out the local BPS has the left Carbonlite...it was a done deal!

I'll be getting the new Quantum Smoke 101 tomorrow.  It'll be the only 2011 reel but I like what I've seen in the pix and looking forward to handle it in store.  I was really thinking of getting the Curado 51 since they are the same price but the Smoke 101 seems to have a bit more bells and whistles.  I've used both reels and really don't have a problem with either of them.  The Smoke 101 just looks sleek and light.

I'm looking to spooling both reels with Berkley 30/8 lb braid.  I have it on one of my b/c reels and I am impressed.  It is the most quiet braid I've used and it casts and does not dig into itself like other braids.  I think I found the braid I will use with my micro guide b/c rod...W & M Honeycomb 7'2" MH.  I think it'll be alot less noisier than using Power Pro.

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Enjoy, I love my Carbonlite  :)

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Plese post about your new SMOKE REEL, I have a 150 ccoming next week to, will post my findings also

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Enjoy and let us know how the New Smoke handles since the season is ending soon around here and I wanna know how it would handle.

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im waiting for more reports on the drag of the Carbonlite before i make my mind up on the piece.

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Here's a pic of the reels.

The Quantum Smoke is on a W & M Honeycomb Microguide 7'2" MH. Feels really nice on the rod, I have 40/10 Berkley braid.  Cabelas only had the 6.3:1(26" IPT) reel available.  They said the higher speed would be in soon.  Didn't feel like waiting cuz I don't know when I'll be in there again.

The BPS Carbonlite b/c reel is on a Carbonlite 6'9" MH rod, it has 30/8 Berkley braid.

You really can't see in the pics but I did put on black Reel Grips on the foam grips. I hemmed and hawed whether I was going to do this. But after reading a b/c reel review on TT, don't recall which b/c reel it was; they said that the foam grips tend to cut easy. So I'd rather not have the foam grips on these 2 new reels go looking crappy after a bit of time. The Carbonlite reel I had to take off the foam handles and insert thru the back, the front is too thick to push thru.

I'll be out tomorrow w/ both combos and get them wet, whether I catch bass or not I don't care...it would be nice though.

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let us know what you think after fishing them. I'm especially interested to hear your opinion of the carbonlite. I've been eyeing them since they came out. At this point its almost a foregone conclusion that I'll be getting one next time they go on sale, but more opinions never hurt.

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