I just sold a twinspin SR30 to get a stella. I thought the twinspin was a great reel, but got to play with a friends stella and the difference was pretty significant. The stella is a lot smoother than the twinspin and a little lighter as well. Don't get me wrong i love my accurate conventional reels and believe they would be hard to beat, but think that shimano has more experience with the spinning reel at the present time. I don't think you could go wrong with either reel, but the shimano probably has an edge on the twinspin.
No matter how you feel, you just have to love the look of the twinspin. It's made in America from aluminum billet and just looks like a well made machine.
It isn't as smooth or light as a Stella, but if I was window shopping, I'd pick Hedi Clume over Ugly Betty. I'm not saying that Stella's are ugly, but I like the look of a fine piece of machinery.
The Twinspin 20 is actually very smooth. It's my favorite twinspin. Accurate is now assembling a Twinspin 50 for me. I know it won't be the smoothest reel, but that large line capacity will help me accomplish some fishing goals.
I also love my Stella's. Smooth as silk and very reliable. I wish that someday, they will come out with a monster size one for those that have big dreams of catching very large fish on spinning reels.
The Accurate SR-20 is an awesome reel. Ideal size, not too big and not too small. I loved jigging with it. With a 5:1 gear ratio, you can use it to jig and pop. The 30L with a gear ratio of 4:1 was designed specifically for jigging. As Mr. Bill said, these reels are made from billet aluminum, and with proper maintenance it will last for a very long time. Accurate's service is also awesome. My hat's off to Matt and Ben of Accurate, they really know how to treat their customers right.
I used Stella 8000 and Accurate SR20 and I love both.
Stella is smoother, but SR has its own style. I plan to use SR20 for under 100 lbs tuna and Zeebaas ZX27 for 100 plus lbs tuna this season.
Nothing is wrong with Stella I have, but too many guys use Stella and I know SR20 and Zeebaas ZX27 can do the job done as well.
It is my habit to do differently from others or use different things.
if it performs well in panama on big tuna, it might become the ideal popping reel on the market, since it's as light as the stella 8000 and has the line capacity of the stella 20000.
the oval handle is OK, though i think id prefer a bigger handle ideally. would a JM handle fit?
The small oval handle was a concern befor fighting, but it was OK as I didn't force to turn the handle and I turned the handle while pumping.