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    Default need a SMALL spinning reel recommendation

    I have been going through almost 50 yrs of fishing tackle and have given away the things that I don't use, I gave away 2 500 series reels, one BPS and the other brand I cannot remember. they were both horrible line twisters with the BPS being the worst. I soak my mono so it is really limp. the smallest that I have now is 2000 series which is a little over kill for my crappie,bluegill,redear and trout fishing. Any suggestions for the best bang for the buck?

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    You will get a ton replies to this question, think "Ford vs Chevy" conversations lol. So I'll go first, Daiwa Legalis 1000. You can spend more, but at 50 or 60 bucks, or there-abouts, you just cannot get a better bang for the buck reel.
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    Shimano Sienna 30$ range

    Pflueger President 60$ range

    Pflueger President AT 100$ range

    So many really great reals out there nowadays for sure.

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    I like the Pflueger's as well. Come in small sizes
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    You have alot of choices. A 1000 series reel with 4-6lb test will serve your needs quite nicely. Shimano, Daiwa, Pflueger, Okuma just to name a few all make great spinning reels. Your budget would help alot when offering advice.
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    Set your budget and then start looking at weight and number of bearings. I have lots of President reels, like 7 or 8 regular and just caught one of the up models, with10 bearings instead of 7, for the price of a regular and I was weak. I use a lot of the smallest ones, size 20, and have a couple of 25’s also. Both are very good. Shimano and Diawa also make good reels in the smaller sizes. I have a 10 bearing Diawa Regal 1000 that is working very well but isn’t tiny like the the President 20’s. All composite makes it light for its size. My biggest suggestion is to take your rod and strap the reel in question to it and see how it balances and feels overall. Hope you find what you’re after, there’s a lot to choose from. Also, get in the habit of loosening the drag when you’re done for the day and it will be smooth for many years to come.
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    Pflueger President is a great reel, but if you're looking to spend just a little LESS take a look at the Pflueger TRION. Great little reel from a good co.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunwhatgun View Post
    You will get a ton replies to this question, think "Ford vs Chevy" conversations lol. So I'll go first, Daiwa Legalis 1000. You can spend more, but at 50 or 60 bucks, or there-abouts, you just cannot get a better bang for the buck reel.
    I’m with gun 100% with this one. A really nice bang for the buck. I have also had good luck with the President 20 size Pflueger, but the Legalis is a better reel by far. A little more expensive, but worth it.
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    The Dawia Regal or Pflueger President are nice for the money. I would also recommend checking out the new Shimmano Sahara as well. You can get them for $65 out of Japan and there is a size 500. DIGITAKA! - Japan Fishing Tackle Store
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    thanks for the drag tip! and the info

    Quote Originally Posted by skeetbum View Post
    Set your budget and then start looking at weight and number of bearings. I have lots of President reels, like 7 or 8 regular and just caught one of the up models, with10 bearings instead of 7, for the price of a regular and I was weak. I use a lot of the smallest ones, size 20, and have a couple of 25’s also. Both are very good. Shimano and Diawa also make good reels in the smaller sizes. I have a 10 bearing Diawa Regal 1000 that is working very well but isn’t tiny like the the President 20’s. All composite makes it light for its size. My biggest suggestion is to take your rod and strap the reel in question to it and see how it balances and feels overall. Hope you find what you’re after, there’s a lot to choose from. Also, get in the habit of loosening the drag when you’re done for the day and it will be smooth for many years to come.
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