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T-roy 120
09-10-2016, 04:55 PM
I got Ardent 1000 c force spinning reel a couple of days ago. Don't waist your money on one. The stem is short and the bail wire sticks way out so the bail hits your fingers when you reel it! I mean really! Has attention to detail become the very last thing these new manufacturers think of! Also after about 10 minutes of fishing a beetle spin the reel developed a knock.

I should have gotten a Pflueger Supreme for the same money or a president for half the money and I would have gotten twice the reel.

I use to fish with shimano 1000s but they aren't what they used to be. I have 2 daiwa pro team 2000s that were available at bass pro and both of the anti reverse stopped working. When you set the hook they would turn backwards and you would end up with a big flippin mess and usually a lost fish.

Does anyone besides Pflueger make a great spinning reel anymore?

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Cray
09-10-2016, 05:03 PM
Of all the ones I have used in the last few years my President is the best. There may be one out there better but it's going to be a lot more expensive.

Redge
09-10-2016, 05:07 PM
Of all the ones I have used in the last few years my President is the best. There may be one out there better but it's going to be a lot more expensive.

X2!

T-roy 120
09-10-2016, 05:11 PM
It's hard to not like a silky smooth reel that lasts that costs 50 bucks! My shimanos aren't that old and they feel like I'm grinding corn with them. I have a president a supreme and an Arbor and I like them all. The only thing is the 25 is the size of a 1000 and I'm looking for something about like the daiwa 2000, thus the Ardent 1000, I won't make that mistake twice!

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deathb4disco
09-10-2016, 05:25 PM
All my reels are Daiwa's, and they are still flawless after years of use. I have the following:

Two SS 700 (Both are over 20 years old.) Current retail price is around $120.

Two Tierra's. They're 5-10 years old and cost $115 each.

Two Fuego's. They're also 5-10 years old. They originally retailed for $250, but I got them on close out for $99 each.

Shimano also makes excellent reels. I would not use anything but Daiwa or Shimano.

Cane Pole
09-10-2016, 06:41 PM
I use cheap reels (under 50 dolla). There is a high probability they will end up in the lake. Resupply using Cabela Bucks. I got some of most brands, but I like the Ultralite Quntam the best. Quntam was recommended by Grizz Jig Big Chief.

Besides, the Quantam color matches my boat.

skeetbum
09-10-2016, 06:52 PM
All I can tell you is what I use as I have no experience with any newer reels. An older President, not current but last production, and an out of production Diawa Capricorn. THE smoothest reel I have ever owned and they can only be found on ebay or such as that. Has served me well enough I bought a second one on ebay last year. Was about $85 new. I have what I need so I haven't shopped in a few years and you're not making me look forward to the experience.

TGIII
09-10-2016, 07:46 PM
I really enjoy the Pflueger President reels that we're using, very smooth and flawless functioning.

Rdrunner
09-10-2016, 07:52 PM
Have three casting reels on my deck all SS 700.Bullet proof

deathb4disco
09-10-2016, 08:07 PM
Have three casting reels on my deck all SS 700.Bullet proof


It's an old reel, but there still making them. That says a lot.

Crestliner08
09-11-2016, 05:35 AM
Hard to be the President. I have 3 of the 6920's. Outstanding value.

fiveeyes
09-11-2016, 07:01 AM
As has been said..President's are hard to beat..SS700, got one about 30yrs old..still good..also got a Okuma Epixor that is 10-12yrs old,I like it too. All in all,would buy President's, when the time comes. 5

ole grizzly
09-11-2016, 07:49 AM
Pflueger President is best I have found for a reasonable price. And they are top of my price range for a reel.

trypman1
09-11-2016, 08:38 AM
Pflueger for me.

Toxie
09-11-2016, 12:23 PM
Pflueger President for me also...

Fatman
09-11-2016, 02:03 PM
Yeah Shimano does! It's all I fish with, have them from the late 80's right up till now and in many models, and never had any problems with them.
IX or AX bought it at a flea market for $3 and a Brand new Spirex 2000 same flea market for $5
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Shimano%20Reels/100_7299.jpg
Symetre 1000 and Syncopate 1000
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Shimano%20Reels/100_7298.jpg
SideStabs 2000 model
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Shimano%20Reels/100_7296.jpg
TX-110 and 120Q
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc214/Fatmans1/Shimano%20Reels/100_7294.jpg

Cane Pole
09-11-2016, 02:46 PM
I like the flea market pricing. Hard to find tackle at yard sales in our neck o de woods.

BluegillHunter
09-11-2016, 02:50 PM
Pflueger President... I like the ultralight 6720 and the 6920 best.

The last two digits tell the size of the reel. I prefer the 20 series (smallest) for bluegills and crappie with 4# line.

Lets go fishing...

lowe rider
09-11-2016, 09:19 PM
I like the flea market pricing. Hard to find tackle at yard sales in our neck o de woods.
And if you do it's either too much money or worn out.

T-roy 120
09-12-2016, 07:40 AM
And if you do it's either too much money or worn out.
Or both...

Pflueger President... I like the ultralight 6720 and the 6920 best.

The last two digits tell the size of the reel. I prefer the 20 series (smallest) for bluegills and crappie with 4# line.

Lets go fishing...


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T-roy 120
09-12-2016, 07:47 AM
Ok the Ardent is going back to tacklewarehouse today and I'm exchanging it for a Daiwa Fuego 2000. I am going to give Daiwa one more shot because I like the 2000 size so much. The reviews were unanimous, great reel... we'll see... If I don't like it I'm gonna donate it to the boys and girls club and buy another president limited. The Daiwa 2000s are right in between the Pflueger 25 and 30 series in size, that's why I wanted to try them again.

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wicklundrh
09-12-2016, 10:08 AM
The quality reels of "yesteryear" are still available today. The prices are just higher. The reason... back in 1982, a diawa gold would cost you about 30 bucks (I still own three of them and get them serviced often). In todays money, that same reel would cost you $250 dollars. It took me awhile to realize this after constantly saying, "man, you can't guy a 30 dollar reel like you used to". Thats because the 30 dollar reel you purchase today was a 5 dollar reel 30 years ago!

I never (should be in caps) purchase a reel from a website without having it in my hands first. I may go to 10 box stores and have 200 reels in my hand. I remember the ones I like and why. Then and only then will I purchase one from online. No reason to pay shipping and handling to just get it in my hands and find out it is a piece of junk.

All reels are different. Their ergonomics, the lentgh of arm, the way the bail snaps, everything. I'm not a fleugar guy, I just don't like them in my hands. For cheap reels, I purchase Quantum. That said, I also have a Quantum accurast that I purchased for $120 bucks for my daughters rod that I love but would be a bad parent if I took it off her custom built rod. They have since adjusted that model and I hate the new one (hence the reason I didn't buy another).

For me, all of my older (still functioning reels) spinning reels are Diawa. That said, I have not purchased a Diawa spinning reel in more than 20 years. Hmmm, makes you wonder. Lately, if it is a spinning reel, it is a Shimano (for me). MY top reel choice is a Stradic and my cheeper reel choice is the Sedona. The Stradic will run you about $250 bucks... but thirty years ago that same reel would have cost you 30 bucks. You got what you paid for back then and it still holds true today.... If someone in my boat offered me 2 chrispys (2 one hundred dollar bills) for my stradic right this second, I wouldn't take the deal. I would however gladly trade several brand new 30 dollar reels (5 bucks 30 years ago) for one

BIGBADDAD
09-12-2016, 10:28 AM
I guide off of a pontoon and have used Shimano reels mainly Sedona 1000FD's. They get the daylights beat out of them and keep on ticking. Some are 5 years old now and still work well. Some have been retired and I keep those for spool replacement, handles etc. I use Power Pro braided line for all my casting trips. I have used other brands and some are good also. Just my 2 cents.

kycreek
09-12-2016, 10:46 AM
President reels for me. Can't be beat for the price. IMHO

Blackhawk19
09-12-2016, 01:06 PM
I've used this reel from BP, I have 6 and zero problems. If you have a problem they have a free 1yr replacement no questions asked. I use they JMS10 size.
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cwbysfan03
09-12-2016, 04:47 PM
I really enjoy the Pflueger President reels that we're using, very smooth and flawless functioning.

I love the Pflueger reels, all mine are Pflueger minus one bass pro house brand and I have Mr.Crappie reels on my 4 12foot spider rigging rods.

Barnacle Bill
09-12-2016, 07:05 PM
Shimano Stella. But I had to save for 65 years so I could buy myself one when I retired.

huntinslabs
09-12-2016, 07:29 PM
Like Blackhawk I have had good luck with the JM sivnature and their Browning wide spool reels. Also have been getting great results from many Mitchell reels. Longlining goes to the Shimano IX100.

Specklocker
09-13-2016, 03:56 PM
''I should have gotten a Pflueger Supreme for the same money or a president for half the money and I would have gotten twice the reel''. DING, DING, DING!!
I purchased my supremes on sale for $50 (50% off) bought 4. Excellent reel! The president is $50 and never goes on sale...now I know why.

Locator79
09-13-2016, 04:18 PM
I don't care for the Presidents as most do, different strokes for different folks I guess. I do have some older higher end Shimano reels going on 10 years, and I think for the money you can not beat the new Daiwa reels. I own 5 and could not be happier.

bowhunter63
09-13-2016, 04:44 PM
The Lews Mr Crappie reel is a good one,There affordable well priced and built like a tank.Mine are going on 2 years no trouble at all with alot of use.

sooners08
09-13-2016, 09:29 PM
The Lews Mr Crappie reel is a good one,There affordable well priced and built like a tank.Mine are going on 2 years no trouble at all with alot of use.
I agree. Both of mine cast awesome and reel in smooth. Good deal.

Ketchn
09-15-2016, 06:11 AM
i got a shimano sahara i think it is last year on sale for 50 bux .....seems like a nice reel to me .....but most of the time i use toss aways .....i burn them up pretty quick .....but of course i go fairly often like twice a day .....LOL

Dlogfish
09-15-2016, 03:45 PM
I've had pretty good luck with shimano's fx1000's I bought six for spider rigging and for over a year all six have worked flawlessly. Used them trolling cranks as well and reeled in some nice 5-6 pound blue cats no problem. For less than $20 you can't beat them. I will say they arent as smooth as my pflueger president which I used for casting jigs but they aren't bad for the price and are tough.

Basscaster
09-20-2016, 01:00 PM
I like a good used (10 year old) Stradic 1000 or 2000, the white ones with gold accents. You can find used ones that are mint for $65 if you check the internet fishing sites classifieds...Can't beat Shimano gears. or google used stradic 1000 for sale..

arkcrappie
09-20-2016, 07:16 PM
I use Ardent reels. I've got the new Krappie Kings 500 and 1000 series reels. I'm using them on my jig poles and my spider rigging poles. These reels are good reels and have a price tag of $40. I am not gentle on them and I'm not having any of the issues brought forth here with "grinding" or other noises.
Instead of returning that reel to Tackle Warehouse, why not contact Ardent directly and let them know about the issues? The only way a company can make a better product is to understand the issues faced with their products by their customers.

OrangeAgent
09-20-2016, 08:00 PM
I was going to try a diawa 2000 series in one model or another until I looked up their weights and it was a no brainer to go with a president. Cheaper and much lighter. I am spoiled with light reels. I have a 30 series quantum smoke on one of my casting setups, absolutely awesome. Bought it for 60 bucks on ebay, don't find deals like that often. If light enough I am developing a preference for the larger body reels for crappie setups, much easier to pin the line against the cork when you don't have so much separation between the spool and the blank.