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    What's a good ultralight reel?
from Joseph (  
5/8/2003 8:23:00 PM


 Hello to all.

I am looking for a good ultralight reel to catch crappie, bluegill and small bass. I think the reels that are true ultralights (very small, and very low line capacity) are not very well made, and run out of line too quickly. Instead, I would like a 500 or 1000 size reel in a tried and true model from a reputable company, like Shimano or Daiwa.

I would like to mount the reel on a 5-6' low power, fast action rod.

Any suggestions?


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   ultra light reels from Brian R Brennan (  5/8/2003 9:00:00 PM
  I have had great luck with Daiwa Spinmatic Z 500T reels. I own 6 of them They are all on G Loomis ul rods, a custom 4'6, IMX a Factory made 5'0 IMX ,2 5'0 GL3 a custom everything bass 5'0 ul built on a shikari blank and the last one is on a 5'6 GL3. I use these rod and reel combos for just the type of fishing you are talking about. I am waiting for the new Daiwa Laguna 500 and 1000 reels to be delivered to Anglers Paradise so I can upgrade. The new reels will weigh the same as the old spinmatics but have metal bodies, 7 bearings and infinate anti-reverse. I also have expierence with the ultra light Tica's and Shimano's. They all work well. As for rods I really like my Loomis rods, but the New Daiwa tuff-lite's are nice. Quarrow has some nice new ultra lights that Capt Hank from Anglers Paradise let me product test.They also sell a reel nice rod fron Falcon in the ul action and size you mentioned. Give them a call and they will set you up right.

   agree with Brian from sandman  5/8/2003 9:38:00 PM
 The Spinmatic Z 500 from Daiwa is a great little reel. I have one on a B&M crappie pole that I don't get to use nearly as often as I would like. Lately, I have been using it to catch bait at the jetties and landed a 5 lb. Sheephead with it last year. It was a blast on UL tackle and the drag performed flawlessly.

   I've got from Scout  5/9/2003 1:17:00 AM
 a Shimano Sienna 1000 on a Falcon FES-UL-16 rod. It's spooled with 4 lb. Stren. I caught a 5 lb. LMB on this outfit last year. I think I've got just under $100 in the whole shootin' match. It's served me well thus far and didn't break the bank.

   Quantum MS00 from chinook (  5/9/2003 1:30:00 AM
 I never thought I would say this about a Quantum but the best truly ultralight reel I've ever used is a Quantum Micro MS00; I paid somewhere between $15 & $20 for it 4 years ago. The reel is truly an "ultralight" as it weighs less than 5 ounces and has a stated line capacity of 80yds of 4lb test mono. I spool mine with 20lb Berkley Whiplash. I use it on both a 6'6" light action rod and a 7' ultralight. I primarily use this rod for shad fishing from an anchored boat. Generally do very little casting, just anchor the boat and let about 20' of line off the reel using a 1/16th or 1/8th oz jig with a 2" curly tail grub, just let it dangle in the current so I can't say much about it's casting qualities. Over the last three seasons I have caught close to a thousand shad between 1lb and 6lbs with most being between 2 and 4lbs using this reel. I have had zero problems with it. The drag is smooth and even the bigger shad running with the current have not come close to spooling me. I am ashamed to say that I have never disassembled this reel during those 3 seasons and at the end of last season it still performed flawlessly. I also purchased a Micro MS00XL which is a fancier version, has 5 ball bearings and a rosewood handle, about a year and a half ago but have yet to use it as I see no reason to change. This reel has truly amazed me! I think it safe to say that shad put a lot more pressure on a reel than the fish you are planning to catch so I don't think you need worry about "running out of line". At any rate, if you can find one, buy it.

I've often thought of going to a fancier Shimano, Daiwa or Tica but they weigh a whole lot more and I doubt they would do any better a job for me. Maybe I just got lucky and got one on which all the parts matched perfectly. At any rate, the shad run is just starting again here, plan to start shad fishing again next week and hope to add several hundred more "poor man's tarpon" (shad) to this reel's credit.

For your type of fishing I think this would be a great reel. It's truly an ultralight; when loaded with line it probably weighs just a hair more than half of what the reels you mentioned do. It's a pleasure to fish with all day long as the outfit is just so light! When I begin fishing with more standard sized gear again, it takes me quite a while to get accustomed to the weight. Try one of these reels if you can find it; if worst comes to worst and you don't like it, you'll be out no more than twenty bucks.

Good Luck, chinook

   one mo from brokeneye (  5/9/2003 7:48:00 AM
 sedona 500/falcon fs-Il-16...also have the daiwa but, prefer the sedona.

   also agree with Chinook from sandman  5/9/2003 9:50:00 AM
 My son has one of the MS00 Quantums. Nice little reel. I haven't put much time on it but it seems like it will hold up.

   Daiwa Laguna 500 or 1000............... from Hydrasports196 (  5/9/2003 8:21:00 PM
 Problem is, that I have not seen them out yet. The larger models in the Laguna model are out, and Daiwa was supposed to release the 500 and 1000 size in April, but nothing yet. ???????? jeff

   Quantum Ultralight from Jr (  5/9/2003 11:11:00 PM
 I just purchased a new Quantum MSOO (3 BB model) on e-Bay for $15.00. There are a few more of them still out for auction. For $15 I'll certainly give it a try.

   Jr.; you sure it's an MS00??? from chinook (  5/10/2003 1:36:00 PM
 The MS00s (think MS stands for MicroSpin) only have 2 bearings. Quantum makes an XL00 that has 3 bearings but I've never used one. My buddy had one and threw it in the river the first day he tried to use it; had all kinds of problems with the bail and the drag. Hope you got the MS model or if you did end up with an XL, hope it's better than his!

Good Luck, chinook

   I'll have to check out that Quantum... from Joseph (  5/10/2003 4:51:00 PM
 Thanks for the help.


   Ultralight from Jr (  5/10/2003 5:23:00 PM

You're right....it is the 3BB ultralight and not the 5BB MSOO. I normally use a Shimano Sedona 500 for all my crappie and Bluegill fishing (I did catch a 5 lb. Hybrid on this little reel last year and the drag performed flawlessly). What I want is the lighest reel to use on small streams when I fly fish. I like to take along an ultralight rig too. From what I can determine the Quantum makes the lighest reel at 4.9 oz. I hope I have better luck with it than your buddy. But like I said, for $15 I'll give it a try.

   Should be OK from chinook (  5/11/2003 4:53:00 AM
 Jr: Your reel should be OK; you've already used it and had no problems. My buddy's was acting up from his very first cast. My MS00 actually has only 2 ball bearings; the MS00XL that I've had for a year and a half but haven't used yet has 5BB. I really do love that MS00. I think they stopped making the MS models about 2 to 3 years ago and they're now getting to be hard to find. The spool looks identical to your XL model, the body is just a little different. The claimed weight on the MS is also 4.8 ozs.

Good Luck, chinook

   ultra light from jim (  5/11/2003 4:41:00 PM
 Try the Daiwa Ignis it is amazing



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