Re: salmon reels

#20648
yellowfin
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You can’t go wrong with an Abu 6500. They are inexpensive, both new or used, parts are readily available, with several Christchurch tackle stores having pawls and worm gears in stock (they don’t carry parts for other less popular brands), very reliable, go forever (I have several that I have had for over 20 years). It is always a good idea to carry several salmon reels if you can afford them. That way if you get a horrid birds-nest you can quickly swap reels and fix up the tangle when you get home! The old Abu 6500s may not be as flash, or super smooth, as some of the new multi ball bearing models out nowadays, but when it comes to rugged relaibility they are hard to beat. Take a look here: https://fishingmag.co.nz/reel-abu6500.htm