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Old 01-13-2015, 04:22 PM
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Hello all, first time post.
Question: I'm looking for reel recommendations to accompany two of Capt. Bart's 50 lb stroker rods. 50 sets are for personal use, dedicated Marlin (stripes, blues, black travel set ups for Kona, Mexico, Central America. Not looking for a tuna reel, max drag settings are second to a balanced drag curve line capacity Reels will be spooled with straight mono.

I''ve been looking at tiagra's, accurate's, and fin-nor santiago's. Any and all opinions are welcome.

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Old 01-13-2015, 09:09 PM
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Hi Mark,

Shimano Tiagra 50W would be my recommendation. Tested by thousands of anglers over the last 20 or so years, you won't find many people who are disappointed with theirs. In my opinion the Accurates just aren't worth the coin unless you have large amounts of disposable income and treat your gear better than you would treat your wife (I don't know about you, but I don't have the former and don't do the latter lol)

Don't get me wrong here though, the Accurates are beautiful reels which many consider to be in a class of their own. It's more that my Tiagras pass all the same tests with flying colours and are nowhere near the same cost.
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I'd go more for Alutecnos if what you are looking for is fine Italian machinery... smoothest drag I've ever had!!
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Thanks guys. I've narrowed my search down to tiagra 50 lb LRSA's. Yes the drag curve is steeper then the regular tiagra 50 wide, but I think it will be fine. Question I have is would it be prudent to have the LRSA's blue printed, or are they tuned enough right out of the box? Any and all opinions are welcomed

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Hi Mark,

We use the 50WLRS straight out of the box and simply mark where 50% drag is on the arc. I know some guys who like to set their strike drag a little lower on the LRS (20-25% of b/s) so that they aren't getting into danger of line breakage when they push the drag over the button, I am not a fan personally as I feel it would reduce the hook up ratio significantly.

I personally don't think there is any reason to blueprint a Tiagra unless you REALLY want to get rid of the LRS feature and just have it as a 50W and if anything, I like the LRS better due to more range in the drag.

I remember once upon a time we had a Blue fella die and go deep, we had to back off the lever and crank up the preset to get more pressure on the fish. Wouldn't have needed to do that if we had the LRS

If you want to blueprint a reel, I'd say to go pick up an old Penn Inter II and send it away for new drag materials. Between their age and build components, the old Penn IIs are perfect candidates for organ transplants
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