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Old 02-07-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Reel opionions

seeing as how there is no freshwater section, and a lot of people here fish both i was trying to make a decision between 2 reels

I used the Sahara's last year, and they where reliable and consistent but the drag was a bit jumpy.
Shimano Sahara SH4000FD


I have heard great things about the Aird and i am hoping to sample one this weekend in Worcester.
Daiwa AIRD AIRD4000SH


thanks in advance for your feedback

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FYI its going on a St Croix Tidemaster TIS76MF, i am going to use it for a jigging stick in fresh water.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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I fish Sahara as well, but have my jig rod as a conv. I guess my thought would be my stick for jigs is heavy and rarely if ever is the drag needed to be smooth as I keep it fairly tight set the hook and then haul them out of cover. BTW maybe its just needs some cleaning as mine worked smoothly on steelies this fall.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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I will say also that my FW time really has been cut down lately so I cant say I have tried fishing heavy with my spinning stuff. Hope to get more into the LMB scene as my kids get a little older before I get them into saltwater stuff.
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I like the Sahara decent amount of reel for the $,but i heard some good stuff about the aird.

Im not a conventional kinda guy.

But it amazes me the amount of pros going with 65# braid. Never had luck jigging with braid, i love suffix camo.


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Old 02-09-2012, 06:01 AM   #5
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I've beem using the Shimano Symetre the past couple of years and have beem happy with it.....reasonably priced too...

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I've beem using the Shimano Symetre the past couple of years and have beem happy with it.....reasonably priced too...
That's the one I use as well. No complaints at all.
As for the drag issues Skip, remove the drag stack, clean and apply a thin film of Cal's drag grease.

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Hmmmm cal's drag greese, im gunna look for some of that right now, this newb didnt know about it. Thanks BB.

And i have been leaning towards the shimano, just got derailed with some good stugg about that Aird, not that it matters in fresh, but that line capapcity is insane mono 12/260, may turn into a nice schoolie reel, 13.6# drag i think
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Just get the 1oz size. It goes a very long way. I believe Shimano also sells a drag grease.

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