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How do these reels compare to Curados? I like the look of the carbon fiber handle, weight is definitely an improvement.

I'm going to buy two and wanted to hear from you all!

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Let me know what you find out Hayden. I am curious about those reels now. I need/want a flip/pitch reel and been looking at a Okuma, Daiwa, E7 etc.

Thanks,

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Let me know what you find out Hayden. I am curious about those reels now. I need/want a flip/pitch reel and been looking at a Okuma, Daiwa, E7 etc.

Thanks,

I'm excited about them Woody. I've heard a lot of people compare them to the older Chronarch's and some have said they're as good as an STX.

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Can't blame you for being exicted, I searched them on the internet after reading this post. Very good reviews, I also called Kanabe and I already knew he loves them. Just need to get $$ together, stupid car insurance!

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i've only fished my lew's 7:1 tournament pro three times so far. so far, so good. i've owned the curado 200e and the 2011 STX-HS plus a ton of others reels by various manufacturers and, with only a few exceptions, i cannot say that i noticed that much difference in the short-term between them. the 200e curados are excellent and, as soon as you remove any excess oil/grease, they can really really zing it. i have not found knobs on any other reel to be as grippy and comfortable as the curado's big septon knobs. if they weren't that green color, i'd probably still have them.

as for the lew's, i was expecting to not like the paddle knobs but, lo and behold, i like them...very comfortable. the lew's has been a excellent caster too. i was expecting it to cast like my STX-HS but anecdotally, it seems to be actually a little better in terms of distance. i was kind of put off at first because the lew's only has 4 centrifugal brakes as opposed to the more-usual 6 because six gives you the option of 2-3-4-6 brakes "on" whereas the lew's only gives you the choice between 2 or 4, but casting has been excellent. the lew's are more comfortable in my palm even though i have large hands and the wideness of the curado 200's never bothered me. i don't notice the weight difference but what i do notice is that it is significantly easier to thread line out of the line guide on the shimanos than another reel because of the lack of the top crossbar that every other manufacturer employs. if you're gonna buy two, why not get one of each?

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My current line is (2) Curados 201E & a 51E, Revo Winch, Revo STX and a Lew's Tourney Pro... 51E is my current favorite but are all in the same ballpark.

201E is being super tuned so we'll see if it improves an already excellent reel.

The Lew's made a strange sound out of the box but after some cleaning and re-lubing its butter smooth. STX is an awesome reel as well but the paint job chips something terrible.

In short, don't think you can go wrong.

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My current line is (2) Curados 201E & a 51E, Revo Winch, Revo STX and a Lew's Tourney Pro... 51E is my current favorite but are all in the same ballpark.

201E is being super tuned so we'll see if it improves an already excellent reel.

The Lew's made a strange sound out of the box but after some cleaning and re-lubing its butter smooth. STX is an awesome reel as well but the paint job chips something terrible.

In short, don't think you can go wrong.

Yeah, I really doubted I could go wrong. My little detail is go with ole' faith, Curado or get a Lew's. Believe me, I love my 50E and 200E5, not really a complaint against them.

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I like shimanos braking system. It is easy to setup (2 brakes on for me) and is more forgiving than the Lew's. The Lew's isn't bad it just takes a little more setup and getting used to IMO. Shimanos reels have a history of holding up to the test of time while Lews are too new to tell.

On the other hand, I like the smoothness of the retrieve on the Lew's and I think it has a better & stronger drag. The Lew's just feels more solid. IMO it looks a little nicer too.

I would consider them to be pretty = as a whole, with each having its strong points. Both of them are great reels for the money.

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let's see, Lews is lighter , has more drag and is around the same price. Also looks cooler for those who care. Seems like Shimano and Daiwa are gonna have to step up their game to keep up with the ongoing trends. I havent fished the lews, only handled it for a few minutes but the feel is nice. i would have to cast it, and actually fish with it before I could endorse it. Once my new boat and truck are upgraded and updated, I plan on buying one lews to start with and see how it does out there. Oh and for shimanos braking system, i hate it, i always thought daiwa's was alot better but to each their own.

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I haven't fished with any Daiwas so I can't comment on their braking system. I have fished a lot of different shimanos along with some revos and pfluegers. To me, the shimano centrifugal system works well and is "trouble free".

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The Lews may be lighter, may have more "cosmetic" bling, but in 10 years when I am still fishing my Citica's and Curado's that I bought 5 years ago, where do you think those Lews will be? Will they still be in business? I went through the phase of buying reels based on looks, price etc.... now I buy reels that work as they should, all the time, and will for many years to come, from a company thats been building reels along time, and will be around for a while. It's cheaper in the long run.

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I had a tournament today and I was using my Revo and then Curado 50E. the Shimano was my go to old dependable reel the whole day. Those Shimanos being so reliable for me I can only get more of them.

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Went out today and left my Shimano's in the truck. So it was Lew's and the Winch... The Winch was my go to all day but since it was a crankin sort of day this didn't surprise me. Since I cleaned and tuned the Winch its really a much better reel.

The Lew's looks cool and seems great though, I have it on a Dobyns Champion so its not like its not getting a fair shake.

That being said not sure it will ever make it on to the Loomis. :) 51E was made for that one.

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Currently in the shop .... Lew's are selling about 15 to one over Shimano .... Compared to the Lew's Tournament Pro, the Curado feels like a cheese grinder. We have a customer that lives in Canada that has put the Lew's through hell on BIG toothy critters and still loves them.

That being said, if you are going to buy a Shimano, wait until sometime in June to do it ..... :rolleyes:

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granted Lews company has changed hands in the past, they are still in business and have been making reels for decades with a very loyal following. We'll see what happens in a few years when the new models been around a while. They are still too new for anyone to say they are better then another brand or model. But on paper and based on looks and feel, they are right on par with other reels for the same money and ahead by some people's standards. I been using my daiwas for about 3 years and do love them. But for they money they are heavy and underpowered. The feel of them however is fantastic. I love casting crankbaits with my zillion crazy cranker, but my bps pro qualifier casts further and is equally as smooth, weighs the same and has more drag. So I am no longer buying expensive reels until one comes out that I feel is worthy of me spending more then 200 dollars on. I had 6 steezes at one point, sold them off and didnt feel bad about doing so. Great looking real, extremely light and cast decent. But what reel is worth 400-500 dollars unless we're talkin saltwater offshore gear. All the tourney guys around here fish with stuff 200 bux and under. I do not know one single tournament angler who uses a steez and hardly one that uses a shimano core either. One of the best anglers around here, Preston Cox, uses lightning rods. We're talkin a 50 dollar rod and he fishes deep structure too. Focus on catchin fish and use whatever reel feels right to you.

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granted Lews company has changed hands in the past, they are still in business and have been making reels for decades with a very loyal following. We'll see what happens in a few years when the new models been around a while. They are still too new for anyone to say they are better then another brand or model. But on paper and based on looks and feel, they are right on par with other reels for the same money and ahead by some people's standards. I been using my daiwas for about 3 years and do love them. But for they money they are heavy and underpowered. The feel of them however is fantastic. I love casting crankbaits with my zillion crazy cranker, but my bps pro qualifier casts further and is equally as smooth, weighs the same and has more drag. So I am no longer buying expensive reels until one comes out that I feel is worthy of me spending more then 200 dollars on. I had 6 steezes at one point, sold them off and didnt feel bad about doing so. Great looking real, extremely light and cast decent. But what reel is worth 400-500 dollars unless we're talkin saltwater offshore gear. All the tourney guys around here fish with stuff 200 bux and under. I do not know one single tournament angler who uses a steez and hardly one that uses a shimano core either. One of the best anglers around here, Preston Cox, uses lightning rods. We're talkin a 50 dollar rod and he fishes deep structure too. Focus on catchin fish and use whatever reel feels right to you.

AMEN!

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I shared this photo of my Lew's Tournament Pro on another forum, but I wanted to share my experiences with this reel. I've come to the same realization as Bigs on the value of these reels that are in the $150-200 range. The new ones on the market just work extremely well and I can't see myself buying anything more expensive unless it's a specialty reel like my Conquest 50, or a reel that offers superior performance like a Calcutta DC for casting light crankbaits into an ever-present wind like I encounter on the Mississippi River.

I'll be first to yell fowl if this reel takes a quick dump, but it's replaced a lot of more expensive reels in my lineup, and it changed my thinking about the new reels in this price range. Will it last 10 years? I don't really care because I generally buy new reels every few years and that's just part of the fun for me. But I'll say with no reservations that I'm really, really impressed with this Tournament Pro. I've sold off my last Zillion, Sol, and have a Fuego that I can't justify anymore. I like this Lew's better than all of them.

On Saturday evening I was just about to reel up my swim jig and a 42" pike grabbed it and took off like a freight train. The Lew's drag worked perfectly and the big pike (my biggest by far) was worn down after three good runs. I like it.

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The Lew's look like great reels, but the Curados I know what I have and am getting. I have/had a 2009 Preimer, nice reel, but could not cast littler lures, or in windy conditions. The Curado 50E kills the Premier. For me, I do not wnat to be in a tourny and have to pick up another rod with a different reel and spend a couple of casts getting used to it. Nothing against the Lew's, to be honest I dont think I have ever heard anybody say anything bad about them. The guy that works on my reels loves Lew's and Shimano's and he has seen basically every reel over the past 40 years. So, I am just going with what is fimilar.

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See the little reel in my avatar? It's one of my favorite Shimanos, and a first cousin to your 50E. I basically like any reel of any brand that does its job well, and really it comes down to personal preferences. I just don't understand why some people have to put down another's reel of choice just to feel good about their own.

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Vaft, welcome to the forum. Great place to share your input and views.

Yes, some of us love a specific brand and we support those products.

Some of us have had trouble with specific brands and we can't suggest them to others.

So it is not as much as putting other equipment down; it is about touting the equipment that has served you well to direct the formum members to purchase quality gear.

We have great discussions and we welcome your input. :)

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SI just don't understand why some people have to put down another's reel of choice just to feel good about their own.

vaft, i went back and reread every single post in this thread and don't see one instance of what you're talking about. can you elaborate?

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I shared this photo of my Lew's Tournament Pro on another forum, but I wanted to share my experiences with this reel. I've come to the same realization as Bigs on the value of these reels that are in the $150-200 range. The new ones on the market just work extremely well and I can't see myself buying anything more expensive unless it's a specialty reel like my Conquest 50, or a reel that offers superior performance like a Calcutta DC for casting light crankbaits into an ever-present wind like I encounter on the Mississippi River.

I'll be first to yell fowl if this reel takes a quick dump, but it's replaced a lot of more expensive reels in my lineup, and it changed my thinking about the new reels in this price range. Will it last 10 years? I don't really care because I generally buy new reels every few years and that's just part of the fun for me. But I'll say with no reservations that I'm really, really impressed with this Tournament Pro. I've sold off my last Zillion, Sol, and have a Fuego that I can't justify anymore. I like this Lew's better than all of them.

On Saturday evening I was just about to reel up my swim jig and a 42" pike grabbed it and took off like a freight train. The Lew's drag worked perfectly and the big pike (my biggest by far) was worn down after three good runs. I like it.

Smalleyez! I told you I was getting the same combo except the 7' MH.

Just a great looking combo!

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vaft, i went back and reread every single post in this thread and don't see one instance of what you're talking about. can you elaborate?

21 farms, I just talking in general. I have noticed a lot of brand slamming here and there on the internet, haven't you? You're right about this thread. It's been very civil and open-minded.

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Vaft, welcome to the forum. Great place to share your input and views.

Yes, some of us love a specific brand and we support those products.

Some of us have had trouble with specific brands and we can't suggest them to others.

So it is not as much as putting other equipment down; it is about touting the equipment that has served you well to direct the formum members to purchase quality gear.

We have great discussions and we welcome your input. :)

Sam, thanks for the welcome. I've lurked around here before and I do like this place. Seems to be a lot of good people here. I sometimes get frustrated with the internet, but that's just my personal inability to adapt to cyber discussions.

Your sentence "So it is not as much as putting other equipment down; it is about touting the equipment that has served you well to direct the forum members to purchase quality gear." is the right mindset in my opinion.

Thanks!

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