View Full Version : Favorite Reel?

buddy lite
09-01-2009, 05:25 PM
I want to purchase a new reel. I was just wondering what others opinions were about all-around good reels. And I want one that can handle the 10s and bigger. Anybody like the Revos or do most people stick with Shimano? Just wondering what is everyones preference, and I'm willing to spend money to get a high quality product that will last. Thanks!

09-01-2009, 05:36 PM
I vote for the Daiwa Luna 300. It's the best reel I have ever used. Shimano Calcutta 400 is second. A nice cheaper reel is the Shimano Cardiff 400. I used to use ABU 6500/5500, but I found these reels to be smoother and last longer. Haven't tried a Revo yet.

The Luna handles 10's with no problem and seems to be able to burn them a bit faster than the Calcutta.

Short Strike
09-01-2009, 05:40 PM
It's all a matter of personal preferance, but IMO the Calcutta 400 TE is my favorite all around reel... I added the power handle to the ones I use on my bucktail rods, and have zero complaints!

09-01-2009, 08:14 PM
Calcutta 400 TE !! The best real their is!

09-01-2009, 08:18 PM
If you want to throw 10's and bigger, better look at trinidad's. The rest need not apply...

Coach Rob
09-02-2009, 06:26 AM

(Have not used TE)

09-02-2009, 09:04 AM
Abu Gacia 7000hsni..Great reel for about 160 bucks. This reel could pull my three quarter ton chevy.

09-02-2009, 09:28 AM
Shimano Calcutta TE is amazing. Put a power handle on there and it's almost effortless to reel in 10's

john skarie
09-02-2009, 09:32 AM
If you want a workhorse reel that is bulletproof try to get an old Abu 7000.

My newest one is a 2001 7000 C3, that reel has been great, replaced nothing but drag washers and line guide (pawl). After that year they seemed to have gone downhill as far as durability.

I have one from the 70's, maybe older than that even, which also has only had the drag washers and pawl replaced. I don't think there is a plastic part in that reel.

These reels have seen hundreds of hours, the older one I'm sure thousands of hours.


WI Skis
09-02-2009, 10:32 AM
Another vote here for the Toro. Just got back from Vermillion and it threw everything I wanted it to like a dream, with the exception of really burning double tens. For that I used my Saltist.


09-02-2009, 11:03 AM
All-around best...Calcutta 400 TE with a power handle.

09-02-2009, 11:04 AM
Calcutta 400 TE ($369.00) best reel I have....Abu Garcia Record ($139.00) best reel I have FOR THE MONEY. A lot of folks like to have three or four reels that are exactly alike (especially tournament guys) and three or four times $369.00 can add up in a hurry.

Short Strike
09-02-2009, 02:20 PM
400 TE's on ebay...$320, New In Box with all manufacturers diagrams, tools, and reel bag... don't have to pay local taxes, and very economical shipping.

09-02-2009, 05:13 PM
Penn International 975

09-02-2009, 07:34 PM
I have 2 6500 C3's over ten yrs old and both still work great, absolutely no manitence needed the first 5-6 yrs and minor stuff since then. You could buy 5 c3's for the cost of a TE - are they that much better? Only caveat would be for pulling double 10's (which they do pretty well) but I'd rather have a Saltist/Turion for for that.

09-02-2009, 11:22 PM
If you try a TE you will love it. Who ever says a abu is better than a TE,is nuts and has not used a TE.( except the Toro is pretty good).

09-03-2009, 02:23 PM
No question the abu Garcia record
best reel for the money

09-03-2009, 03:13 PM
One of each. Just kidding. I use Revo Toro Both 5.4:1 and 6.4:1 and like them a bunch. Also have Calcutta 400's but don't pick them up much.

buddy lite
09-03-2009, 03:42 PM
Is the Toro or the Record good for burning double 10's? Is 5.3:1 a good ratio for that or should it be even lower?

09-03-2009, 09:54 PM
Lower gear ratio is good for easy retrieving, but high gear ratio is better for burning. You actually should find the amount of line brought in per crank to find the best burning reel.

09-05-2009, 11:34 PM
I've got 5 Daiwa CV-Z Millionaires that I simply love. I've tried many other level wind reels but these are my favorites. One 300 for 80# line and above, Three 253's for 65# and all my general musky stuff and a 203 with either 65 or 50# for smaller stuff. When and if they every wear out, I'll buy Lunas. I keep them clean, oiled and greased. Daiwa's repair shop does any part replacements about every three years but that's mostly drag washers cuz I like them silky smooth.

C Juhas
09-06-2009, 06:17 AM
Not one vote for the St. Croix reels????

09-06-2009, 06:53 PM
Must admit I thought about it but the Daiwa Luna 300 already noted. Struck me as Chevy vs Buick type thing.

09-06-2009, 10:45 PM
The St Croix reels are the same thing as the Daiwa CV-X reels.

09-08-2009, 07:48 AM
St Croix reels are the same reel as the LUNA for $30 less. I recommend them. they work very well.

09-08-2009, 08:33 AM
>Is the Toro or the Record good for burning double 10's? Is
>5.3:1 a good ratio for that or should it be even lower?

The Record is a terrible choice for Double 10's. I don't particularly like the reel period but it has no business reeling in Cowgirls unless you want to make your day a physical endurance marathon.

If you don't want to spend over 300 on a reel try getting a hold of a Calcutta 400b with a power handle. They work fantastic on big blades when paired up with a 8+ ft rod

Steve Herbeck
09-08-2009, 09:00 AM
for what it's worth,i'm not into arguing or heavy debates.
me and my staff all have 1-4 abu toros 5;4-1 and i got one of the first winches 4;3-1 available back in june from rob courtesy of pure fishing
there are alot of choices out there and everyone has thier favs but over the years we have tried just about all the varietys and there are none before or by seasons end that don't have to go back for replacement or repair. wouldn't even consider the reg 600 series for what we do,put a power handle on a record,fish it with 10's or ripping gramas and it will fail eventually,the 7000's are to heavy and overkill for casting and have problems too,shimono calculttas and te are smooth but won't hold up to what we do every day,the trinidads are satwater tough but you need to be a 3 armed monkey in slop or shallow rocks,and on and on....
they are fished hard 6 days a week mostly with big,heavy,or hard pulling baits and aggressive presentations that are demanding on reels with litle or no time for scheduled maintainance. believe me when i say my guides could and will break anything. at the end of a season i end up with a big box of dead and dying soldiers to take back with me.
with the toros not one failure as of sept 5,REMARKABLE ALMOST UNBELIVEABLE QUITE FRANKLY. i'm sure down the road we will have something go wrong as is the case with any manufacturing or mechanical but the %'s are there highlighting dependablity.
several have been using some penn 975's this season without problems yet also, heavier,no thumbar, and not as smooth but seem to be very dependable.
most reels will hold up quite a while for those fishing weekends, several trips a season,or use with smaller baits and well taken care of or not used under as demanding of conditions and use but in my opinion those are the standards they should be made for then for the reg fisherman you got a product that will last for a long time and that is what went into the redesigning of the abu line namingly the toro for the casting musky fishermen in mind and if nothing changes i got to believe the toro's are a great choice for anyone looking for choices in a premium reel.

09-08-2009, 04:37 PM
I have 400TE

Vegas Muskie
09-09-2009, 02:22 AM
Put me down for the 300 Luna!

I absolutely love the reel!

I have a Calcutta 400 (Very Nice)

A Daiwa AC300 also very nice.

I also have several Ambassadors which are ok, but the Luna is my favorite by far!

09-09-2009, 05:11 PM
gotta vote for the luna 300's! after 5 years of hard fishing i've had zero problems with either of them. i simply tear them down totally once a month for a good cleaning / lubing and they are as smooth if not smoother than when new. i use them for everything except db 10's...that's when an avet sx two speed comes out to play...

Cory Toker
09-21-2009, 03:06 PM
I have had bad luck with many Abu Garcia's so have been afraid of the Toros. Form what I am hearing, it sounds like they got this one right.

My favorite is the Curado 300. Amazing reel good for just about everything. Hard work throwing cowgirls but sure strengthens the wrist. I have two and they have never failed me.

Looking for a good cowgirl reel. Might try the Calcutta 400 te ljv

09-29-2009, 06:19 PM
What's up buddy lite(Ryan)?!

Revo Toro 5.4.1 by far my favortie and most consistent reel to date. Well worth the investment and it'll save you money over more costly reels, that I have heard more problems with by comparison to the toro.

buddy lite
09-29-2009, 08:01 PM
I think I'm gonna with the Toro! 60 unless someone recommends the 50.

09-29-2009, 10:19 PM
Go with the 60 the higher line capacity will let you achieve your fastest retrieve. I'm hoping to get one after Christmas for next spring!

night stalker
09-29-2009, 10:25 PM
I wonder why more people do not suggest trinidads, I have used 16n all summer for big blades and even dogs. You can go slow, burn 13's, really put the pressure on once you hook one and can fish all day because it is almost effortless compared to luna or any of the other standard reels. The levelwind thing is so overrated,After a day or so you will never go back, if you do get a backlash it is wide open to pic out. Cost = couple tanks of gas extra for a reel that works hands down. Massive gears inside.

09-30-2009, 08:53 AM
When reel makers figure out that there is a market for lefty's too! I will probably get one!! Until then Abu or anyone who makes the lefty's gets my business, example the AC 300 if it is a Luna why do they not have one in left hand!