American made spinning reels

Discussion in 'Reels' started by MikeF, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. MikeF

    MikeF Senior Member

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    First I love my Stella's but I have decided that from now on I will buy American made fishing tackle where possible. I do not wish to turn this into a political discussion not is it an attempt to force my beliefs on anyone else. i am not anti-trade nor xenophobic; I just think I need to do my small part to help bring about balanced trade.

    Cost not being an object who do you think makes the best made-in-America spinning tackle and why?
     
  2. A.whitman

    A.whitman Senior Member

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    penn torque spin?? i have been thinking the same thing. accurate twinspin?
     

  3. mandaragat

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    Twinspins for me. Battle-tested.
     
  4. Courtland

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    Love me some accurate conventionals. Spinning, not so much. I just order 3 Van Staal's and hope to punish them this winter in NC. I have a small one that has been every where with me for over 10 years. It looks better than my 2 year old Shimano's. Not sure about the parts origin, but they are shipping out of Oklahoma.
     
  5. fishingeek

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    I've been debating this and may buy at least one Van Staal this year, if it works out there will be a few stellas for sale on here next tuna season
     
  6. bingfish

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    Keep an eye out for the Canyon Spinning Reel DJR6500 early next year. Prototypes are getting pretty good reviews.
     
  7. mythosbeer

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    Well, the van staal would be disqualified if you are looking for an American made spinning reel. Van staal now imports their reels from China. I don't think the quality went down at all but they are no longer "made in America"
     
  8. bottom line

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    penn torque spin?? i have been thinking the same thing. accurate twinspin?
    Aren't the Penns made in China now also? Not much made in America these days. :(
     
  9. MikeF

    MikeF Senior Member

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    Well so far it looks like my two options are Accurate and Penn. I'll do a little more research and see. The reviews on the Penn Torque seem pretty good. Made I'll buy one to replace a Stella 8000 and see how it does and buy an Accurate to replace another one.

    As for the Canyon reels, I thought they were assembled in America with "internationally sourced" parts.
     
  10. bingfish

    bingfish Senior Member

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    I believe you're looking at Accurate and Avet if that's your standard. I'm pretty sure Penn has gone to China too.
     
  11. paul708

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    the accurate are nice,
    the SR20 is the perfect size for our waters, for all but the BIG 200# bruisers.
    and is close in size to the 8000stella.
     
  12. Tunanorth

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    Aren't the Penns made in China now also? Not much made in America these days. :(

    Just to clarify, the "threshold' for "Made in USA" on Penn reels is at $249.
    A total of 34 different reel models, plus a couple of bail options and numerous color options.
    The only US-made SPINNING reels are the Penn Torques and the Accurates.




    Disclaimer- affiliated
     
  13. Tunanorth

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    I believe you're looking at Accurate and Avet if that's your standard. I'm pretty sure Penn has gone to China too.

    Please see above post.
     
  14. tim5485

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    Wow those canyon reels look awesome
     
  15. MikeF

    MikeF Senior Member

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    Thanks guys, the Penn Torque and the Accurate are what I will look at. The Canyon seems nice but it seems to be more of a replacement for a Saragosa than a Stella and I don't think it's made in America, I believe it's assembled here. I will make sure I post my thoughts (un-affiliated, LOL) after I use them.
     
  16. Courtland

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    I have a 9/10 cosmetic, 10/10 performance SR-20. It just came back from a full Accurate service. I'd let go for $500 if you're looking for a deal.
     
  17. AdhekUSA

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    There is one more made in USA Spinning reel. Zeebaas just came back here to make reels!
     
  18. Get'n Jiggy

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    I've been waiting on Avet to come out with it's spinner. I heard it will be out this spring(2012) at the Fred Hall Show or one of the big tackle shows. :D
     
  19. MikeF

    MikeF Senior Member

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    Thanks Courtland but I think I'll start with a new one.

    Do any of you guys have the newer Zeebaas and how do you like it. I'm thinking a ZX2-22 bailed in black with the power handle.
     
  20. thunder5l

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