A ‘reel’ companion for a travel rod

WW-Piscator

New member
Hi all,
I get the feeling this may be asked a lot, yet I’m at crossroads... I’m looking for an under £40-45, 2000-3000 size FD reel that’s overall good quality as a companion for a travel rod, it seems a rather simple choice but being it may go through some sea and rock fishing in all manners of conditions something on the durable size will be preferred (if it exists...)
Any experience or recommendations will be greatly appreciated
 

s63

Well-known member
It would surprise me if any reel within your limited budget would withstand the rigours of sea fishing for any length of time.
 

mikench

Well-known member
I agree. You would be better, imo, to buy two reels ,one for salt and one for fresh. Penn make some good reels for sea fishing but are outside of your budget. I have a small Mitchell Avocet sea water reel which was cheap in a 2000 size .A Ninja would fit the bill for fresh water
 

whitty

Well-known member
Or pay stupidly cheap money on fleabay for them,i bought two 500 size reels for a tenner I think,Chinese,probably rubbish,but if they lasted two weeks light rock fishing(wash them out after use)it seems good value,ten of them would last a fair while,I havent used mine yet,but they look ok,line lay isnt the best,but not that bad,the drag isnt super smooth either,but again not bad,they were so cheap I risked it...
 

steve2

Well-known member
What ever you buy wash it after using it for saltwater fishing or it will corrode in no time. I made the mistake of using a big pit reel for a bit of sea fishing and never washed it. It’s still works but it’s looks a mess.
 
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