Which hand line reel?

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  1. sraedel

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    I am looking to get an used match set of hand line reels. I would appreciate you views on which manufactures are best as far as: ease of use, reliability, availability of parts, etc. Any additional information would also be appreciated.

    Thanks for your help,

    Scott
     

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  2. MiketheElder

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    A&S reels are the new Cadillac of the handline world. Hotwired will tell you that Schaller's are the way to go but the A&S's answer all your questions about ease of use.
     

  3. Wirepuller

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    Got 2 A&S reells been using for about 20 + years. Only thing I have done to them is replace the wire line. Couldn't tell you about any other cause I haven't used the others.

    Good luck!
     
  4. yellowbelly80

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    i have a&s and schaller's..they both work good but i prefer the spring in the schaller's its all about preference
     
  5. etech61

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    A&S all the way. Trouble fee.
     
  6. Gone Fishing

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    If you find a couple of St Clairs, they are high quality also. They are machined out of solid aluminum with metal gears and a nice spring. They are not made anymore and can be difficult to find. Hotwired is probably the expert here, give that man a jigging rod and he wouldn't know which end to hold on to. :p ;)
     
  7. KEITH207

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    A&S are still being made and parts a readly available. They also are a great real.
     
  8. rivrat1959

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    Got 2 a&s reels that I've used for almost 30 years trouble free. Only thing done to them have been a good cleaning once. GREAT REELS, I'd recommend them.
     
  9. LAST PASS

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    Can't go wrong w/ A&S. Smooth, dependable and still in production.
     
  10. Hotwired

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    A & S are very good and dependable reels.
    But so are Schallers.
    You won't find any reel recoil tighter than a Schaller though.

    Try letting go of the wire while trolling 1-1.5 mph with a 1 1/4-1 1/2 lbs sinker on any reel besides a Schaller and see what happens.

    Try feeding your wire as fast as you can back into any other reel besides a Schaller and see what happens.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  11. F-Walleye

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    Schaller all day
     
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  13. Clarkfish

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    If your looking for used reel's I have seen abunch of them on Craigslist in the Detroit metro-sporting goods section
     
  14. Hotwired

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    You forgot the "R"...;)
     
  15. yellowbelly80

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    :yeahthat: gold craps fall in the same category