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Old 11-29-2005, 05:24 AM
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Hello All,

Just a quick question. Does anyone have any experience with Alvey casting reels?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...111915hz02.jpg
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Hello All,

Just a quick question. Does anyone have any experience with Alvey casting reels?
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...111915hz02.jpg
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:56 AM
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I haven't got any experience with them, but I know the europeans love them for carp fishing, and the Down Under folks love them for surf casting, because they can really cast FFFAAAAAARRRRRRRRR! High price on them though, simply design. You tile the spool sideways to cast , then turn it back in to reel in, neat concept.

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WOW!!
Why haven't I seen this before? Finally...the answer to all the rat's nest problems for us uncomfortable with baitcasting reels in general. The extra cost is worth it to avoid the dreaded "BACKLASH!"

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Old 11-29-2005, 07:46 AM
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I have a couple and they can be real heavers. Just as described...they have a fairly simple system. The reel sits on the rod like a giant fly reel, large drg surfaces, some more adjustable than others. Then when ready to cast, you turn the spool 90 degree's and toss like a spinning reel. And it can go far with tthe right set-up. Simple reels, a bit pricey, interesting but not as sophisticated as my avet. Way to big for a yak. Best as surfcasting reel. S
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:45 AM
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I have had the 550c5 and a Salt-Striker rod combo bought from Cabelas for a little over a year now. It is a really unique yet simple concept. To start off they are NOT small or terribly lightweight. I have read complaints of line twist due to the dual nature of cast vs. retrieval, but have not noticed it to be a huge problem. However the size and weight have really made me limit its use. It is especially great for chunking/bait fishing from the surf. Its heavy construction and its cast ability make it ideal for the fisherman that does not want to deal with casting a conventional or the loss of mechanical advantage that is common with a spinning reel. Line can be paid out conventionally so I will often bring it along on my buddy's boat because it is like having two reels in one. Overall I am very happy with the reel but as for its use on a Kayak... I did think about it, but only once.
P.S. Check out the SeaMartin II surf reel, it is another unique Australian favorite.
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what happens when you get big hit before you change over to winch mode?
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