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    I have tried these but they are best left as a decoration in the house they just dont compare to a big level wind with spiderline. The drag is funnny and I have lost a couple fish. If you are a history buff into using period equipment sure... but they really arent quite as good as the new stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photocopy View Post
    I have tried these but they are best left as a decoration in the house they just dont compare to a big level wind with spiderline. The drag is funnny and I have lost a couple fish. If you are a history buff into using period equipment sure... but they really arent quite as good as the new stuff.
    I believe they were intended for mooching, and not really comparable to a level wind-
    More the predecessor of the 4" moochers of today.

    Do you troll with a level wind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigfishMike View Post
    Do you troll with a level wind?

    Yes, level wind with 60lb spider line. I use the same reel/line combo for jigging, halibut, salmon trolling, mooching. 8.5 foot rod for salmon, 6 footer for bottom fish.

    What type of gear do you usually use?

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    That's a rather sturdy set-up. 60 lb. wow-
    You could land almost anything in the water with that.

    I don't care for level wind-- won't use it unless I absolutely need it--hali and other bottom fish.
    I much prefer to essentially hand-battle the salmon.
    You see them more in Alaska...I have fished salmon in BC for many years and can't remember seeing
    anyone not using a mooching reel for that. After my first fish on one, I was a convert.
    (A convert with some bashed knuckles that hurt for a week)

    Rods vary--Shimano Convergence is a good one, and you'll find LOTS of great rods,
    but they will be 10-1/2' long, very flexible mooching rods.
    Man---do they wear out a slab-

    Reel--I own both the Islander MR3 and the Abel Moocher--I give the edge to the Abel.
    Thanks to forum member BCI for singing their praises...he fishes as much as anyone I know.

    Line-25 lb Maxima Ultragreen is ideal.
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    Level winds are virtually idiot proof (not that someone using one is) but a mooching reel adds so much more than just reeling and adjusting drag.
    Old school stuff is cool.
    Whatever your take or thrill when fishing, enjoy it, then search out the next CHALLENGE.
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    I've used really old-school Peetz reels before in the early days...

    Other than their historic vintage collectible value , they're not even worth using compared to the reels of today.

    The drag system on those relic Peetz's is virtually useless.

    And the noise they make from the ratchet when you have a fish on is a seal dinner-bell.

    Nice to look at , but I'd never use one of the old ones nowadays unless there was nothing else available.


    I read that they are now coming out with a new version of the Peetz that has a totally modern drag system on it.......

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    Yea, I suppose I fish mostly to feed my family rather than for the sport. I also dont generally release. For example I do not throw back a chum or a pink in hopes of getting a coho or spring. To each their own! Can definitely appreciate the sport of it though!

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    Grew up using nothing but peets, I wouldn't say they have a "Drag System" its really just a brass nut to keep the line from spaying out while trolling. As soon as you get a bite you need to loosent the wing nut, even before setting the hook. Compared to the new stuff you really need to be a good angler to land fish on a peetz, and you need to be on the ball if the fish trips the downrigger clip you need to give it slack because it will not take much to break a leader.

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    Full disclosure: I just picked up a 1977 Peetz reel.

    On the westcoast for Salmon trolling, nearly 100% of anglers are running modern mooching reels. Reels with essentially 1:1 pickup. That's a huge disadvantage compared to something with 5:1. Isn't it interesting that the absolute westcoast default is a mooching reel?

    Funny where the line gets drawn in terms of being 'sporting' or 'giving the fish a chance'.

    I bought a 1977 Peetz (with it's nasty knuckle-busting 1 way drag, and an 8' Peetz rod) for the same reason most folks fish a modern moocher: I want a challenge. Sure, I'll probably put it away after the novelty wears from landing (and losing) some big fish this year, but we're all out to challenge ourselves on some level.

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    If you want meat in the box, go heavy line on a level wind--on a scale of 1 to 10 on 'sporting', that gets a Minus something.
    If you want to feel every head shake and tail thrash, single action is the only way to go.

    We KNOW you're stronger than a salmon...with a single action reel you get to prove that you're also smarter than a salmon.
    Last edited by BigfishMike; 05-19-2017 at 02:11 PM.
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