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Best ultralight spinning reel

8/26/16 @ 6:10 AM
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dug31
USER SINCE 9/11/14

I'm looking for an ultralight spinning reel,mostly for panfish. What is everyone using out there? Any input would be really helpfull. My price range is anywhere from $30-100.

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12/13/21 @ 5:59 PM
drummer boy
drummer boy
USER SINCE 3/14/08

I do the same my UL rods in my boat 7 to 8 ft and all have 2000 series reels on them.My small steam UL  is 5 ft 6 and has a 1000 Stradic.

12/13/21 @ 12:03 PM
svitreum
svitreum
USER SINCE 8/29/06

"Daiwa Exceler 2500 EXLT2500D-XH 

Is not an ultralight class that suckers a cow"

All I know is that it balances perfectly with my Loomis 7'6" one piece UL trout/panfish rods, as well as my Avid Custom 7' one piece UL. Balance is THE most important thing to me. A super UL reel is worthless if the rod is very tip heavy IMHO. 

If 5' rods are your thing, then a 5 oz reel might be the right choice. I prefer much longer rods for all aspects of panfishing.

12/13/21 @ 10:47 AM
troutmaskreplica
troutmaskreplica
USER SINCE 5/14/20

BassAddict, Thanks. I have seen numerous used ones on eBay....usually in poor shape or for parts use only. One seller had a NOS one, in the original box...I believe it was a 1973 model. I really wanted to buy it, but his asking price was over $200....he wouldn't budge either. Currently pretty happy with a couple of older Pflueger and Daiwa UL's.

12/13/21 @ 7:23 AM
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Drummer boy what is a number 5 the only thing I could find reference to that is this

Lews ultralight spin

12/13/21 @ 7:10 AM
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12/12/21 @ 11:01 PM
troutmaskreplica
troutmaskreplica
USER SINCE 5/14/20

If you don't mind 'old school' UL, find a top condition, used DAM Quick 110, German made - bullet proof, and as smooth and solid as any current reel. Sold both of mine and regret it every time I go crappie fishing.

12/12/21 @ 3:50 PM
drummer boy
drummer boy
USER SINCE 3/14/08

BA.Number 5 speed with the small spool, some are slow.The ci4 is a great reel but at a cost I have three.

12/12/21 @ 7:59 AM
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STCI41000HGFB

STRADIC CI4+ FB

It's supposed to be the gold standard for ultralight reels

So when I look at what the best reel  is I look for something they can compete up against the gold standard

1 weight

2 smoothness how many ball bearings

3 will it last

4 cost


12/11/21 @ 7:23 PM
CMunyon
USER SINCE 5/12/16

It depends what season your using it in my book.I like the siennas 500 for ice fishing and the 1000 series for my summer panfish rods.I guess brand and price is your call but something in that size range will get the job done.Sienna's are  about 30.00 bucks.

12/11/21 @ 4:36 PM
haf2fsh
MEMBER SINCE 6/23/01

I have to go old school on the younger generation. I've used the Mitchell 308 for the past 50 years and see no reason to change now, except that my numbers of them is dewindling. I still have four in use, plus lots of spare parts. 

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