25N vs 15XN

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I bought a 25nld2 on line and received it earlier today, it is a pretty narrow reel, I have never held a XN in my hands, so would like to know the difference between a 25N and a 15XN, the 15XN can't be much narrower than the 25N.
What I am really asking is if I have a 25N what would I use a 15XN for.
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Bottom right- 25NLD2
Bottom left- 15XNLD2
Top right- 10XNLD
Top left- 8XNSD

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The 15 and 25 are such classic sizes they remind me of a 322 and 332 newell,they just fit in your hands right!
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Tunanorth: are all the models available in the fathom also available in the torque line, I much prefer to buy the torque.



The two smallest ones [8XNSD and 10XNLD] are available in the Fathom series only.
 
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    Buy the 15xnld2 and you won’t be disappointed. It’s a badass little reel. I used a friends at the Lupe and it handled a 100lb YFT with no issues. He had it filled with 50lb solid to a 40lb FC top shot. Casts great and makes for a fantastic 40lb finesse reel. I liked it so much I bought one and set it up the exact same way.

    I don’t have the 25nld2 but I have 2 25n star drags and use them with 50lb for wahoo jigs and bombs. The 2-speed version will fish 50lb as a short top shot very well loaded on the back end with either 65lb or 50lb solid
     
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    What's the diameter of each of the spools, The picture references somewhat the width of the reels with the quarters, But it's not showing any reference on the depth/height of the spools/reels?



    The Fathom "non-levelwind" series only has a total of three sideplate/spool diameters, whether star drag or lever drag.
    In any given sideplate size, only the width varies.
    Large: 40N/60
    Medium: 40/30/25N/15XN
    Small: 15/12/10XN/8XN
    The "levelwind" models have slightly different sideplate/spool diameters, but the line capacities for any given number are the same.
     
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    Learning a lot here from you folks. Great stuff. Thoughts on which I should choose between the 15NLD2 and 15XNLD2 for 25lb flylining and some light jigs for yellowtail and schoolie YFT? To be paired with Seeker American 8FT 15-40. I get the difference in size and drag despite both being "15" series. I'm tempted by the XNLD in case I hit something bigger, but is that too much reel for the application? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Learning a lot here from you folks. Great stuff. Thoughts on which I should choose between the 15NLD2 and 15XNLD2 for 25lb flylining and some light jigs for yellowtail and schoolie YFT? To be paired with Seeker American 8FT 15-40. I get the difference in size and drag despite both being "15" series. I'm tempted by the XNLD in case I hit something bigger, but is that too much reel for the application? Thanks in advance.


    Nothing is perfect [also don't forget there is no "15N", its listed as15LD2 [lower and wider model] or 15XNLD2 [taller and narrower model.]
    The rod you describe is probably the 270-8H model; a very nice rod for either reel.
    However, for "only" 25 pound test [and even 30 pound test], the smaller reel [15LD2] is more than sufficient for bait.
    You may appreciate the faster retrieve speed of the 15XNLD2 when fishing jigs with either test.
     
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    Nothing is perfect [also don't forget there is no "15N", its listed as15LD2 [lower and wider model] or 15XNLD2 [taller and narrower model.]
    The rod you describe is probably the 270-8H model; a very nice rod for either reel.
    However, for "only" 25 pound test [and even 30 pound test], the smaller reel [15LD2] is more than sufficient for bait.
    You may appreciate the faster retrieve speed of the 15XNLD2 when fishing jigs with either test.
    Got it. Thanks. The 15XNLD2 is cool-looking to boot. Maybe that's the decider.
     
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