Best 6wt reel for redfish

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing' started by Timucua_Outdoors, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. el9surf

    el9surf Well-Known Member

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    I have a Galvan t6 on my 6 wt. I don't know about the best, but it's a pretty good little reel for the money.
     
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  2. Moore Lyon and Quick

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    Billy Pate trout reel - lighter than the Freestone and approx. same capacity. It shows up a bit more often than the Freestone on ebay.
     
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  3. paint it black

    paint it black Paddling away...

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    I use mine on a 5wt glass Blue Halo rod and it feels great on it.
     
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  4. MariettaMike

    MariettaMike Wish'n I was Fish'n!

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    Redington Behemoth 5/6

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  5. ifsteve

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    Abel Super 6N
     
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  6. LowHydrogen

    LowHydrogen Fly-By-Night

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    Haha. @Timucua_Outdoors isn't going to be any better off than when he made this thread. I think we've almost listed every recent and current production reel that's worth owning lol.
     
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  7. crboggs

    crboggs I Love microskiff.com!

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    I have a Lamson Speedster on my back up 6wt. Seems nice, though honestly I've never had a fish on it. I know guys who are very happy with theirs.

    Its just hard for me to throw the backup rod when I have the Sage One / Tibor Freestone whispering sweet nothings in my ear...
     
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  8. K3anderson

    K3anderson I Love microskiff.com!

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  9. Net 30

    Net 30 Soy un Perdedor

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    Freestone. Accept no substitute.
     
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  10. abgautier

    abgautier fly fishing in an action craft 1720

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    Freestone all the way with a sage one 6wt. Wish mine was a little less battle worn
     

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  11. sjrobin

    sjrobin I Love microskiff.com!

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    Abel Super 5N Sage One 6wt
     
  12. Stevie

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    Abel Big Game #1 is same as the Super 4 with a standard arbor.

    I have fished a Freestone since the late 90s, I have a clean one on my office shelf. Really want to try the Abel #1 with a 6 weight.

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  13. LowHydrogen

    LowHydrogen Fly-By-Night

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    To me balance is more important than overall weight.

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  14. GG34

    GG34 I Love microskiff.com!

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    The best one is definitely a tibor, nautilas, hatch, abel, redington, galvan, orvis, lamson, sage, allen, 3tand, or Chinese direct knockoff.
     
  15. LowHydrogen

    LowHydrogen Fly-By-Night

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    Glad that's settled! LOL
     
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  16. Backwater

    Backwater Fly Fishing Shaman

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    Do I like the Tibor Freestones? Yes, love them! Are they durable? Yes they can get beat up and still work just fine. Would I want to beat it up? No! They're just too pretty for that.

    I think he's just looking for a reel that he can be hard on, beat up and not worry about it.

    If I were going to answer his question directly, he's not referring to what is the BEST reel for that $450 price, but rather, he needs a reel for his 6wt for reds, bass and such and durability comes into play with his decision. What is the BEST value for a 6wt reel with durability? One that you can throw into the bed of your pickup (coated with bed liner), then toss into the jon boat where it gets knocked off the seat and onto the floor with several inches of saltwater sloshing around, as the boat is bouncing across the waves to get to that back bay bayou, gets dunked into the water, sand and silts floating everywhere, thrown back into the bottom of the jon boat, run back to the ramp, tossed back into the bed of the truck and then tossed into the garage, forgetting to rinse it off. Then repeat the process again and again repeatedly, year in and year out.

    Something he can run over to the jetty, thrown it down on the rocks to release your fish, accidentally stepped on while that fish was flopping around.... Fishing off of a concrete seawall, hook a good fish, the fish breaks off and you get mad and throw the rod and reel on the concrete, jump up and down and cuss like a sailor, then pick it up and hook a big black drum that heads to china and still manage to put the heat on it to get it back in. Beat the dang thing up and it still keeps on working, despite it being all scratched up with you not giving a shizzit how it looks??? All that DURABILITY vs price.... = Value to be his BEST choice? To me, the answer is clear.

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    3 colors - Black, Gunmetal, Dessert. Weight - 5.6oz, Salt proof, strong, durable finish, strong but smooth bulletproof drag, all for $109 retail with lifetime warranty. No worries, no fretting on how many scratches it has, lifetime guaranteed, affordable, Done!

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    https://www.redington.com/fly-fishing-reels/behemoth

    I sound like an ad for them, but I have no affiliation with Redington whatsoever.

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  17. eightwt

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    Not a problem. Bought a used 10 wt for tarpon and although haven't used it much, I agree with your analysis. Setting up my TF0 TiCrx 6wt with a dedicated reel and giving the redington serious thought because of the same reasons you stated. Another one even for less $ is the Okuma Integrity. Have one in 8/9 that has been somewhat abused and still going strong.
     
  18. K3anderson

    K3anderson I Love microskiff.com!

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    China owns everything else. Let’s not give them fly Fishing too.
     
  19. Backwater

    Backwater Fly Fishing Shaman

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    Unfortunately, china and the orient has supplied the fly fishing community for many, many years. Try buying a hook that wasn't made over there.