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  • Baitcasters for backpacking. The reel deal.

     LoganD updated 11 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • LoganD

    December 15, 2019 at 6:15 am

    I’ve gotten more comfortable with baitcasters in the past couple of years, and now want to make a new setup or two for backpacking near freshwater. I currently have spinning setups for UL-M, and MH-H rods, and am trying to find baitcasting reels for similar set ups. I have ideas about what rods I want for this, but am having trouble narrowing down reels in a lowish price range. I’m assuming for the MH-H reel I’m just going to have to use something like a Daiwa CC 80 at 6.9oz, but I’m wondering if there is something similar in a smaller or lighter size.
    As for the UL-M reel I’m less sure what to use. Does anyone know of any smaller baitcasting reels that are more aimed at UL fishing? I’ve seen some that are aimed at trout fishing for $$$, but I’m not sure I’m ready to go that far. I would mainly be going for panfish, crappie, or white bass, and want a baitcaster that will be suited for that, or finesse fishing for bass if I want it to do that instead on a M rod.
    I’m aware of things like tenkara, and that fly fishing gear is lighter, but I’m not super worried about trimming my weight down that much.
    I’m also aware spinning reels are better for UL fishing, but there are some things about baitcasting reels being lower profile and more adjustable/multiuse that appeal to me for backpacking.
    I’ve tried some cheap crappie reels in the past and haven’t had the best luck, so I’m open to ideas.
    Any smaller lighter baitcasting reel suggestions are welcome in general. Just nothing over $100.

  • EmbracedByLeaves

    December 15, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Ultra light is going to be more of a spinning thing, for cheap.

    You’re essentially asking for flagship reel at a bargain price. UL baitcasters do exist, they just aren’t cheap.

  • 5uper5kunk

    December 15, 2019 at 6:15 am

    The cheapest way to get an BFS/UL casting reel is Aliexpress.


    You are going to need to do some work on the internals, but this is the rock-bottom way to get into it.

    A far easier way would be to get one of the entry-level Daiwa reels and get an aftermarket finesse spool for it. They are sold on Aliexpress and ebay under the names DIY or Ray’s Studio. They are like $50-60 and work very well.

    As a side note, avoid the Daiwa CC reels and the rest of the ones in that range. The main reason to buy a Daiwa is their braking systems and the “C” series reels don’t come with it. The words to look for are “Magforce Z” or “SV”. Don’t pay for the Daiwa name if you are just getting a generic linear-mag brake.

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