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#1 chinook2835

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:59 PM

I’m going to be purchasing a new reel for my float rod so I was hoping if I could get some insight on a) are centerpins worth the money and if so what brands are trustworthy B) is there a learning curve to them that will take me a while to learn and c) I’ve heard baitcasters can be pretty effective when float fishing is this true?
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#2 BRMZ

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 07:45 PM

Centerpins are niche product and are overpriced for that reason along. 

The price for beginners reel is around 200$ then there is no limits 700-1000$ are not the most expensive ones.

a)Does it worth it ....for some of us yes. To figure it out for yourself you have to try it with entry level one at first in my opinion. You might not even like it and if you do it will be a room to dream for better one.

b)Yes there is the learning curve. Casting this type of reel needs practice. Landing the fish without drag is another challenge. It might take some time to feel comfortable with this setup. It did take me 4-5 fishing trips to learn the basics.

c)I did not have experience with bait-caster float fishing but in my opinion it should work fine and is a less expensive option. After all I did float fish even with spinning reels before i got converted.


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#3 fishfreek

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 07:47 PM

If you are not ready for a pin forget about it stick to your spinning gear. Everything takes practice to learn, and a lot of used reels out there that are not to expensive. Simple mechanism, make sure it spins freely and is not warped or scuffed up. Baitcasters are fun for Salmon too. Choice is up to you.
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#4 Ibstacle

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 02:31 AM

Dude just buy a pin. Cause you seem to be interested in salmon and steelhead fishing. After a little bit of practice casting you'll be able to do the basic casts (loop cast, side cast, wallis cast) and get the hang of it. It only took me a couple of hours! The streamside vortex II is an excellent option. You can buy it for as low as $160. Great reel for the money and really good for beginners. Or if your on a budget the $50 amazon pin isn't so bad  :mrgreen:

 

Then one day you can upgrade to something better like an islander, kingpin, raven


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#5 Tubetrax

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:24 AM

Don't use a levelwind Baitcasting reel.
Too many problems handling line !

Use a conventional leverdrag with magnetic cast control.
Such as Avet's conventional casting reels with "MC" Magnetic Cast.
Open face far easier to manage your line. Photo below

The lever drag gives you instant drag adjustment when needed
Put the clicker in the "On" position,
This will allow you to pull more line without over spin causing birds nest's.

You'll need to build a fly rod with Baitcasting reel seat,
Photos & links below.

I'd recommend spiral wrapping your guides.
You can spiral wrap in either direction.
If you reel with your Left hand, spiral wrap counter clockwise
so line comes off the Left side of your reel & vice versa if reeling with right hand wrap clockwise
Photo & links below.

Avet MC reels.
https://www.avetreel...=2629&speed=274

Avet MC Cast Explained YouTube.
https://youtu.be/3B_BjBCKE

Nano Carbon Switch/Fly Rod Blank 11'6" 4pce.
https://www.ebay.ca/...1GggOxP3QvrZvVw

Guides,
http://www.mudhole.c...ides-components

Real Seats.
http://www.mudhole.c...eats-reel-seats

Split Grips.
http://www.mudhole.c...ndle-components

Fore & Rear Grips
http://www.mudhole.c...r-Grips-Handles

Spiral Wrapping Guides
https://www.google.c...857:image.jpeg]

Tight Lines
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#6 DILLIGAF?!

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 03:10 PM

If you're asking if Centerpins are worth it for the buck..IMO if you're big in steelhead yes. Drifting with spinning is doable on shorter drifts...I have been drifting using spinning for years...and once I got the hang of centerpin...the difference is undeniable. I have a beat up matrix XL for salmon that has new bearings...PM me if you're interested. I don't have a thought about price yet...but I'm looking to skip Salmon river fishing this fall. Will wait until steels are in.


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#7 Ibstacle

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 03:32 PM

If you're asking if Centerpins are worth it for the buck..IMO if you're big in steelhead yes. Drifting with spinning is doable on shorter drifts...I have been drifting using spinning for years...and once I got the hang of centerpin...the difference is undeniable. I have a beat up matrix XL for salmon that has new bearings...PM me if you're interested. I don't have a thought about price yet...but I'm looking to skip Salmon river fishing this fall. Will wait until steels are in.

 

skip salmon river fishing? combat fishing is half the fun


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#8 TI Redux

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 04:03 PM

skip salmon river fishing? combat fishing is half the fun

Dill will be there.
If he sells the pin he'll use the fly gear.
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#9 DILLIGAF?!

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 04:29 PM

Dill will be there.
If he sells the pin he'll use the fly gear.

Lol...I will be fly fishing during fall but for bass and pike...my interest in Fall Salmon fishing declined a lot based on what I've witnessed season after season...I've seen a lot of altercation last year and even had both friends who don't know each other that almost went at it just because of overcasting...lol...it has been getting ridiculous every year...I know it's part and parcel but...I'd rather get into some serene fishing...


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#10 fishfreek

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:51 PM

Just admit that your Matrix XL did a number on your shoulderLOL.
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#11 chinook2835

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:48 AM

Thanks for all the help I decided to buy a centerpin last night off a buddy of mine and I’m looking forward to using it, also if your looking for some salmon fishing with less of the shitshow u see every year I found that if u walk a ways away from where the entrance is to where ur fishing and find a pool there’s usually nobody there and can be awesome, I used this at a park on the credit and found a real good drift with nobody near it and landed my first one of the year,was free from all the frustration and complications of fishing around others thought I didn’t have a net and may have had a foot of water in my waters lol
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 05:38 PM

... I decided to buy a centerpin last night.... 

 

Beware you joined the cult ;)


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#13 Ibstacle

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:25 PM

which reel did you buy?


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#14 chinook2835

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 07:04 PM

which reel did you buy?


Okuma aventa
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#15 Ibstacle

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 11:43 PM

okay nice. Just an overpriced (if you pay full that is) vortex II in my honest opinion


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#16 chinook2835

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:08 AM

okay nice. Just an overpriced (if you pay full that is) vortex II in my honest opinion


Only paid 75 since I’m usually the driving,believe it’s a good deal and it’s seems like a nice reel, thought I still see myself using my spinning the first trip jsut to try and get the monkey of the shoulders quickly, I don’t want it taking me a whole to catch one this time lol
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#17 fishfreek

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:10 PM

Hahahaha, you have no idea what you got yourself in. Enjoy.....
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#18 TI Redux

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 07:19 PM

Stop trying to scare em.lol
I'm making the cp plunge soon.
Early 80s before pins.
We used fly reels with 6 lb mono.
No need for drag on steel anyways
They hit and run like snot lol
Let em wear themselves out.
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Posted 12 August 2018 - 05:08 PM

Ha I just read this and was going to recommend an Aventa Pro! A good reliable reel that will serve you well.  Remember that you can change how the reel behaves by using different oils in the bearings.

 

Welcome to the burnt thumb club!


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