What spinning reel should I get?
Love the old Mitchells.Almost feel like going back to using them after throwing away newer reels.Shimano quality has gone down in recent years,used to swear by them.Now you have to get into a Ci4 or Sustain to get decent quality.
The sticking problem with a lot of reels has to do with the roller clutch.Gets grease or whatnot in them and fails.
Reel pictured was purchased at Norm's hardware in Racine many years ago.
Last new reel I bought was 1971, Mitchell 308 its still in use. Bet you can guess what other reels I use............ All bought since have been at yard sales, flea markets, swap meets, guess what they are, all old style Mitchell's 300's & 308's, not because I'm cheap, there just the best reels going as far as I'm concerned. Just picked up two 300's this past week look like new on a rod for $15 each. I don't like the new style, have tried other brand reel but none appeal to me. Just call me old school.
I have the same issue Long Barrels mentions on my jigging rods. My reels have essentially become disposable I've been a die hard Shimano guy but I'm done with them. I'm going to give a Penn spin fisher a try. About $100. I've heard good things and I've had great luck with my Penn musky reel. I may also give the President a try that's mentioned below.
I've been happy with the Abu Revo and orra I got, but for the money I think the orra wins, but as almost everyone here has said, presidents, period, for the money. Every other Pflugerville reel I've used was crap, except the president. Few of my major walleye pro friends have said the same thing. Guys with big buck sponserships using $40 reels on $400 rods because the president's have proven to be quality trustworthy reels that even their amateur daily partner can't break. I have always been an Abu guy which is why I use the revo and orra spins but they are simply over priced like nearly everything else out there anymore.
I own 6 Pflueger Presidents. Great reel for the money. Gander has them for $40 right now with there discount. Buy one and try it. If you dont like it sell it on ebay, return it, or just keep it since your only about $40 in. I own 6 of them because I love them. I have never experienced any issues with them and they are probably the most rated reel around with excellent reviews. I cant imagine you can go wrong with a Shimano either. All personal preference. Do your research and go to a commercial store and play with all of them. There is a lot of factors to figure in to find a perfect reel.
Probably a lot of you guys were still in diapers and never got the chance to experience the old Shakespeare 2200 Sigma. Although not on the list, I've yet to find a replacement as far as smoothness and function go. To this day I still use the old 025, 030, and 035. Here's an interesting read on some of the old time reels.