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AC Man said:
The Lew's are interesting as are the Shimmono.
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I go with a Fitzgerald Custom Rod. Lifetime warranty will repair/replace breakages for $60
Ardent Denny Brauer Flipping Baitcast Reel (Love the narrowed spool fixed eyelet for accurate, tension free flipping)
Daiwa Tatula CT Casting Reels- Wide eyelet drop down to level with spool for GREAT casting even with light lures
I have some older stuff but this is how I am upgrading as $$ allow.
I have some Skeet Reece rods too but I like the Service with Fitzgerald and he's here in Florida
"fishing flipping stick"
I am looking for a high quality casting reel. I'm not a good enough fisherman to buy top of the line. I want best bang for the buck in a quality reel. I do like quality in products I buy. Dont want junk.
I have a couple Quantum accurists that are decent for the money. Rod , get what you like depending on how you intend to use it. Both companies you mentioned have good stuff.
As as far as reels go. For the price, you can’t beat a Shimano currado. The dibble supported X-ship pinion bearings keep that reel as smooth as the day you bought it, 4 years later. You can set up to a chronarch if you want to keep things a light as possible.
Ive been running my currados and chronarchs hard for the last four years fishing tournaments and guiding. All I can say is they just last. I can’t say that for the 13 fishing reels. I picked up on at ICast 2015 and it’s basically wore out. They look great on paper, but don’t hold up to hard use.
Lew's have been around a long time. Don't overlook Abu Garcia either.