Cheap reels like NGT

davej

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Looking to buy a couple of reels for my son who visits a few times a year. Usually manage a bit of time on the bank. Are the cheap reels worth buying or would i be better off with the cheaper "named" reels. Some Shimano/Diawa reels are less than £30.
 

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Buy the cheaper named reels as they are usually more dependable than NGT's cheapies.. there are things you can save a bit of cash on but to be honest a reel has to work hard so I'd buy the best you can afford...
 

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I’d be more inclined to get the cheaper offerings from the named brands as you’ll probably get a bit more aftercare out of them on the off chance they do disintegrate.
 

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Buy the cheaper named reels as they are usually more dependable than NGT's cheapies.. there are things you can save a bit of cash on but to be honest a reel has to work hard so I'd buy the best you can afford...
I would echo this.
I’ve still got Shimano reels that over 10 years old and working perfectly.

My old man has a couple of the original Shimano baitrunners still going strong.
 

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I would say if you spend around £30 you can get something that won’t lead to the feeling of needing to upgrade soon. I bought a Shakespeare Superteam reel for £30 for my stepdaughters boyfriend who wanted to start fishing again with me. I was amazed how good it was, smooth and he played fish on the clutch with ease.
 

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I use Vigor Carp reels, cost me around £10 on eBay (£18.75 for two). Perfectly acceptable reel for the price. Probably won't last ten years but the one on my main feeder rod gets used on most outings so probably 50 times a year. I usually get three to four years out of it. Landed thousands of pounds of fish in that time.

 

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I got a couple of Daiwa Sweepfire 2500 reels in a sale. They were about £8 each. Super little smooth reels. Cannot fault them.
 

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If it is only for occasional use then you can get some half decent reels for around £30 the Daiwa Crossfire is quite good and the Shakespeare superteam is really good value if you can get one for £29.99. Others worth a look are the Rovex Ceratec and some of the Okuma's.
Ok you are not going to get a top end Daiwa or Shimano but they are perfectly usable and should still give a good few years service

 

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Lots of very good second hand reels for as much as a new cheapo on the ‘bay.
 

davej

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Cheers all, will keep an eye out for a " name" then, won't be wanting them for a while.
 

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I’ve no idea what these are like but £19.99 for a brand new Shimano reel seems like pretty good value
 

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I’ve no idea what these are like but £19.99 for a brand new Shimano reel seems like pretty good value
I don't have one, but a club member has and says they're a lot better than most 'cheapies'.
 

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I don't have one, but a club member has and says they're a lot better than most 'cheapies'.
I was given a lot of tackle to pass on to a charity, rods poles terminal etc, among it was 4 of these reels, they are great reels for the price, all with spare spools , not sure if spools purchased separately or come with reel. I bought my grandson a Shimano Catana reel a couple of years ago, that's another good reel for the price.
 

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Bobco seem go get some good deals with Daiwa reels, for example I got this crossfire to do some spinning/lure fishing with. Nothing wrong with it for the price. Daiwa Crossfire Black & Gold Reel

Only came with the one spool, I should have checked if paying a bit more would have given me 2 spools..lessons learnt.
 

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i was told by a tackle shop owner that rovex reels have shimano gears in them, this was after a guy came in the shop and went for a £20 sea fixed spool reel instead of the £50 he first picked up , after he left the shop i said you only get what you pay for , and thats when they told me about the gears , saying that there are only a few factories that make reels so the internals could be better than the named outer casing
 

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I think most fishing reels are hugely over-engineered. I mean paying over £100 for a reel is crazy, when some around £60 would last a lifetime of use for an average angler. Its the same with rods too now-days, some poles over £1000 rods over £300 when you can get some for under £100 but a bit more weight, what are we becoming guys? One firm that seem to keep things under price control seems to be Drennan, I'd use there stuff all day long, if I had too. Fortunately we all have a choice.
 
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