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Dec 29, 2010 5:13AM Post #21
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when I use pins I mostly fish a Hardy Silex and a classic Hardy 10/10 pin rod built for here in BC...these rods are true classics as are the reels. I also fish a KINGPIN (UK) and a Purist (also UK)..on days like this pins or gear are about all you can fish,water on the Stamp was too high really for a fly fisher. A bit of info' for you new pin fishers,especially those going to the new light weight large diameter reels,you might consider using some lead core line to load up the first 25% of your spool...this is a very common practice back East and in the UK,the extra weight is really beneficial in keeping your spool turning...
Newer type reels are cageless and in so being demand that you are masters with keeping the line in place and not off the sides...the older silex type reels ,JW Young and others have a cage around the drum so the line never slips off the drum,or at least isn't supposed to..
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Dec 29, 2010 8:19PM Post #22
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Here is some of my experiences center-pinning. I have rated them out of 5 stars:

****4.5'' Okuma Aventa- excellent bearing reel for the price. I fished one for three years and the only complaint that I can think of is the limited line capacity. One nice feature was that you could remove the spool without any tools which made for easy cleaning on the river banks.

**5'' Arrora Berrington- This was my first centerpin and was a Japanese made bearing reel, very heavy, and it surprisingly took ALOT of start up inertia to get it going for a bearing reel. I don't recommend this reel.

*****4.5'' Islander Steelheader- Excellent bearing reel. This was my favorite bearing reel to date. I think that as far as bearing reels go on the west coast, this is the reel that all reels are measured up against. No complaints other than it was stolen from me and I never did replace it.

**4.5'' Tournament Drifter- Bearing reel That will spin forever but always made a noise that I never did get used to. This was also a Heavy reel. The center pin screw used to back out on me on the flow and once even fell out while I was playing a fish and I lost it in the river. I had to lock-tite a new stainless screw in place to prevent it from hapening again. My opinion is that this reel looks nice in a reel case and not on a rod!

*****4'' Hardy Silex- This is a Bushing reel that with maintenance will perform flawlessly. This is a caged reel so some will find it hard to cast with birdsnest issues. Mine spins flawlessly and is silent, you cannot hear anything come from the reel while spinning. It casts a mile and is just a nice reel to look at. I would highly recommend this reel.

****5'' Campbell- This is my go to reel. It is a bushing reel and while the machining is a bit rough, It is what gives these reels thier character. It holds a tonne of line and backing, and I like how the handles are positioned which really allows you to peel the line in if need be.


Maintenance Tips

For bearing reels with unsealed bearings, blast them out with brake kleen and then soak them in Dura Lube. Amazing!

For bushing reels, the best stuff that you can lube up your bushing with is called G96 Brand Complete Gun Treatment. I apply it to a cotton swab and apply it to the bushing with the swab. Let it soak in for 60 seconds and then polish it off with another dry cotton swab.

The pic of the reel is of my Campbell



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Feb 10, 2011 5:34AM Post #23
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I have an Okuma Aventa good value for $, ''clicker'' is too weak though and this can be a pain when you put the hook in it's keeper on the rod never stays tight.Problem can be fixed.
I use a 3.75 Super Silex circa 1940's made by JD a Hardy reelmaker most(in those days the machinist used to stamp their initials in the inside the caged part of the reel) of the time with Sage 3113.It is by far my favorite rig.
Feb 10, 2011 4:30PM Post #24
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So, never having used a center pin reel, and being that you have no drag system. When you are casting do you have to maintain any finger pressure on the spool to keep the line from birdnesting or just as it hits the water like a baitcaster?
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Feb 10, 2011 8:43PM Post #25
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SeaChaser wrote:
So, never having used a center pin reel, and being that you have no drag system. When you are casting do you have to maintain any finger pressure on the spool to keep the line from birdnesting or just as it hits the water like a baitcaster?


when casting you don't ''have to'' maintain pressure, sometimes you will need to if your ''over shooting'' the area that you are casting to...I add pressure/stop the reel spinning just before it touches the water at end of cast...and the finger/palm is NEVER far away from the spool when casting to prevent the enevitable ''Birds Nest''dead
Feb 17, 2011 4:44AM Post #26
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I've got a Ross Flow and a RavenSST-3. BOth are excellent. The Raven has a ported spool so it's Lighter. And $70 cheaper. Someone mentioned a Sage 3113 for $400. I paid $620US in Oregon. No tax. This is a very good rod, at a very good price.
Nov 24, 2011 11:24PM Post #27
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what lb test do the silex users have as mainline??
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Nov 25, 2011 6:44PM Post #28
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I use about 200 yards of backing then top it off with 15# maxima ultragreen.
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Sept 8, 2015 3:24PM Post #29
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Please someone can you sell me a Don Campbell Center pin
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