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I have a Young and Sons 'trudex II' and an Islander IS, one is a bushing the other a bearing.
 

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I have two Islanders and love them both equally! They're great reels. I hope to extend my collection someday to perhaps getting a milner as well.


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Right now I have a Silex superba, an Islander and a Trophy winterrun somewhere...I've had others, but this is what I have right now.

I prefer the silex, for many reasons, but mainly...the handles are set in from the rim of the reel more so I can use the rim to feather the drifts and to clamp down on fish without getting my fingers busted when a fish goes on a tear...also line capacity, and the clicker is efficient. The islander is good, there are some things I don't like about it, but it's a nice reel for the most part. The winter run is the old version I use it for summer cap as it is lighter, but I pretty much wouldn't use it anywhere else...

There are a lot of good reels out there Guiseppe, the kingfisher is another popular one, the Talisman is a nice reel...take you time looking for one, listen carefully to some of the guys here...some fish their pins religiously, others keep them on a shelf...
 

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ribwart said:
Right now I have a Silex superba, and Islander and a Trophy winterrun somewhere...I've had others, but this is what I have right now.

I prefer the silex, for many reasons, but mainly...the handles are set in from the rim of the reel more so I can use the rim to feather the drifts and to clamp down on fish without getting my fingers busted when a fish goes on a tear...also line capacity, and the clicker is efficient. The islander is good, there are some things I don't like about it, but it's a nice reel for the most part. The winter run is the old version I use it for summer cap as it is lighter, but I pretty much wouldn't use it anywhere else...

There are a lot of good reels out there Guiseppe, the kingfisher is another popular one, the Talisman is a nice reel...take you time looking for one, listen carefully to some of the guys here...some fish their pins religiously, others keep them on a shelf...
Thanks Rib, it is overwhelming out there that's why I want to have some direct experience from our members here :beerchug:

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No prob Guiseppe, there are a lot of really good fishermen here, and I am sure you'll get some great advice. If we get the chance to fish together some time soon, you can test drive the silex and the islander to get a feel for it...

I don't think I'll be at the fishout, but there'll probably be a few pins out there, I'm sure of the guys would let you take a few casts with them...

Best advice...? Don't rush the purchase...try a few reels out to get a feel for the different styles...
 

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ribwart said:
No prob Guiseppe, there are a lot of really good fishermen here, and I am sure you'll get some great advice. If we get the chance to fish together some time soon, you can test drive the silex and the islander to get a feel for it...

I don't think I'll be at the fishout, but there'll probably be a few pins out there, I'm sure of the guys would let you take a few casts with them...

Best advice...? Don't rush the purchase...try a few reels out to get a feel for the different styles...
Unfortunately I will be in Europe during the fishout. But I will be very happy to meet with you when I am back in november.

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Giuseppe said:
barbelface said:
JW Young Purist :)
hey barbelface, how is it? Do you use the adjustable drag while using it? Can you completely ignore this option?



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The drag isn't a suser freindly as some of the other pins out there so I just tend to set it depending on weight of rig and flow etc and leave it there. It's a nice light reel though and spins very well :) another factor was I got a killer deal at a boxing day sale at Island outfitters, in victoria, last year ;D
 

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I have a gryce and young as well as a avon royal2. I fish the gryce and young mainly but do use the avon from time to time on the smaller flows. I would love to get an islander but that will have to wait.
 
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