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    Tarpon Reels?

    I know, reels are just man jewelry but having two 8wt Sage salt reels ultimately fail on me despite carefully douching, I'm wondering if an investment into an expensiver reel is worth it. Rod in question is a Sage X 11wt. Thoughts on Hatch? I get a good deal on them but I'm open to suggestions. Like most folks, I'll only use this reel for one trip a year at best so I'm loathe to throw down too many clams.
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    Tibor Gulfstream or GTFO.

    Hatch is known for exploding.

    Shawn might have an opinion on the subject. It might even have been discussed in another thread a couple months ago.

    Snapped can probably tell you the weights and backing capacities of all the latest winches.


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    It's SnapT.

    I've had good luck with Sage reels myself but have seen them go boom. They're korean imports after all. Hatch's are sweet but can fail. Tibor's are heavy as fuck. Nautilus seems to hit a sweet spot between bomber but lightweight. I can't stand a heavy reel on a light modern rod, but YMMV.

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    As in, “ I’ll snapt yer neck”?

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    I'm interested in the reputation that hatch reels have for exploding. Mine have been good. Might just be that tarpon are a different animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slmerlo View Post
    I'm interested in the reputation that hatch reels have for exploding. Mine have been good. Might just be that tarpon are a different animal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plugboots View Post
    Yes they are.
    And how....

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    So no Hatch. Tibor and Nautilus seem awfully expensive at retail. Do I risk the Hatch with pro deal seeing that mature tarpon volume doesn't seem to be a problem of mine?
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    The hatches I've seen go bad are all after heavy use. For a trip a year you'd be fine. Repairs are easy with the swappable drags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2FUNKY View Post
    As in, “ I’ll snapt yer neck”?
    Why so agro?

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    Tarpon Reels?

    what about 3-tand? I know nothing about them other than I have a couple acquaintances who work(ed?) for them.

    any first hand experience here?


    eta: what about the Allen models that are made in the US?

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    PM me, I may have something kicking around my desk at work for an OG mag.
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    So I talked to a friend at Sage this evening who is going to loan me a reel. I told him about how my last one failed. He said if it explodes, he'll send me five more. Can't really say no to a free loaner!

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    Those guys at Sage are nice people. Tell them I was going to give you a US made Mirage for free and see if they would out bid that!
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    Kick Tag in the nuts for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8APX View Post
    Those guys at Sage are nice people. Tell them I was going to give you a US made Mirage for free and see if they would out bid that!
    You should definitely send me that Mirage... You know... For testing.

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    PM me a address and don't kick Tag in the nuts.
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    Awesome. Gotta post a TR now.
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    Sounds like you are set, I ended up throwing down for one of these, largely because I got the hook up! http://www.rossreels.com/evolution-r-salt.html

    It has only had a handful of tarpon on it, including one 100 plus pound beast and behaved very impressively. And yes, they are special creatures! My absolute favorites actually!
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