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Hey guys,

Looking to convert to this set up. Any suggestions on a quality reel at an affordable price would be great. I would get the Islander, but with twins, not sure if I could justify it with the wife. I just don't want to buy something cheaper and realize I should of paid a little more for something better. I know you get what you pay for these days. Anyways, thanks for the input.

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I see the Akuma aventa is $279 at Freds and it is $149 on sites in the US. Is this a good one or not? I would rather spend the $399 (without the wife knowing of course) for the Islander if it means I won't have to upgrade later. but if there is anything really good out there for say... $200, I would splurge.
 

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Hi Markus

If you are going to spend around $200, you should seriously consider buying an Avon. It will be a used reel since they don't make them anymore. I have had mine for near 20 yrs now and haven't been disappointed. Here is a list why I like it:

-The bushing, handles and many of the internal parts, if not all can be replaced by a reel repair guy. I've had mine done twice now and it is good as new.
-Versatile, you will be able to fish all river systems with this reel.
-It will last you forever with a little care. I inherited mine from my grandfather, who used it well.
-With practice you will be able to cast it equal to almost any level wind.

Talk with a few shops. I know Reaction has a few in their display. See if there are any in the classifieds or online forums.

Good luck
 

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I would agree with dmuskrat on looking for a good Avon(Royal supreme/Crown/Coq de Or/gypsy de Or) if your budget is tight.They are good reels(though sometimes not the prettiest due to poor paint).I looked at the Okuma(vt-1000) but did not like the construction compared to the avon I already had.When I bought new I got a Raven Classic.Very similar to the Islander in construction for just over $300.The clicker though is best suited for left hand winding.And you could find a used Islander or Kingfisher(if your lucky) for $300-$350.Hubs,Reaction,Chilliwack dart&tackle and other shops usually have used .It's best to get touchy/feely with a few and give them a spin before deciding.
 

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Hi, thank you for your kind referral. I own Reel Fly Rod and we are an Authorized Islander Reels dealer. We offer a Free *10% Off* Coupon on all Islander Fly Reels and Islander Steelheader Center Pin Reels. Islander just raised their prices for the first time in a while so now the Islander Steelheader MSRP is $385.00 USD and we sell them for $347.50 after coupon. Shipping to Canada is $10.95, although it costs us a bit more than that. With the weak dollar and lower prices, we have been shipping a lot of these reels to BC. You may visit our website directly. Tight Lines, Todd

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i would say grab the Islander as i have a CP now and really love the Islander and looking to upgrade to it myself ;D buying from the US is a great option because you still save money even after tax and duty. If you know anyone across the border just get it shipped there spend 48hrs. across and bring it back duty free ;D WOOHOO i like the fact they raised the 48hr amount to 400$/person. Im going down for the weekend to shop ;D
 

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if its your first centerpin you dont have to go super fancy. An avon is a great choice for a first pin. find a nice clean one that spins true, you will have no problems with it. The islanders are ok, the clickers are garbage on them though, i like the milners more, i have 2, they are great reels.
 

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does anyone use the clicker aside from holding the spool from spinning when your walking? i like the silence when fighting a fish. I have used the clicker on mine for springs and springs only and only when they go nuts down river and i cant catch up fast enough.
 
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