Thoughts on this reel as a mid-priced saltwater reel (for an 8wt)? Mainly for snook, reds, and the occasional baby tarpon. Open to other suggestions too- looking in the $300-$450 range.
Thanks for the feedback, that's very interesting to me. It sounds like it's just too light for its own good? I can understand how that would make it feel awkward for an 8wt.I decided to get that real for my first reel on an 8wt BVK I got. Tbh I wish I hadn’t. The reel is very light and seems better suited for a lighter class. I haven’t had any problems with it aside from the mechanism to release the spool being very difficult to loosen.. which has really annoyed me. However, with more reels handled, I believe there are better options for the price. I think there is better value out there. It feels like I paid for the nautilus brand without getting the benefits. For instance, the hydros is very well priced and is a great reel from my experience. I wouldn’t say anything too negative about the reel but this has been my thoughts since I got it. I’m hoping to put it on a 6wt for calmer days fishing for snook and reds and bones.
Thanks for the feedback. I do like that it will cover lines down to a 6, so thats cool. I bet it's perfect on yours.I just picked one up (XL, not the Max- but it's the same body, just different spool capacities I believe) and used it for the first time this past weekend. I'll echo what KyleW said, it was bear to get the spool off (seems okay now). It was also much lighter than I anticipated. It's well built and feels solid, but not solid like my NV-G 8/9.
It's on a 6wt and balances great. No issues or concerns with use, did fine in the salt. I debated between this reel and the Hydros. I went with the XL since I'm familiar with Nautilus and anticipate it will provide years of service.
For an 8wt rod, it "may" be too light. See if you can try it first on your rod.
yea I mean, the capacity on the xl max isn’t all that. Plus, the drag is pretty low, and the weight. If I remember correctly you can’t fit 200 yards of 20# Dacron with a 8wt line. I did that and my spool is a little overfilled imo. The Reddington grande has great reviews, the hydros as well. Both seem a little more solid in build, with more capacity/drag. 3tand TX-80 also falls into the same bracket, but has little reviews out. Ted speaks highly of 3 tand and they look great. I don’t have any knowledge of the Ross Evolution but have heard good things in generalThanks for the feedback, that's very interesting to me. It sounds like it's just too light for its own good? I can understand how that would make it feel awkward for an 8wt.
I was also looking at the Ross Evolution LTX since it's the same price, not sure if you know anything about that one.. I don't see too many salt guys with Ross (I have no doubt they're solid reels) so that's why I feel more like gravitating towards Nautilus.