Reliable, economical 50lb class 2-speed reel?

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Klamath17

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I'm looking for recommendations for a good solid reliable two-speed 50-lb class reel that won't break the bank.

There are a lot of bright shiny new reels out there, but I just want a lighter reel that is easily serviced, parts are available beyond next month, and it just plain works day after day. A workhorse that will last years with good care, in other words. Braid backing with topshot, of course.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
 
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stank

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I love the TRQ30LD2 for 50#, I think the Fathoms are the same internals.

I have the TRQ40N as well and think it a little big for 50# (I fish it 60#) unless you want it for a yo-yo stick
 
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tanner.s

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Also the Metaloid 5, killer reel with a 40lb sweet spot but fishes 50lb easy.

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I have the Penn Fathom 40NLD2 and it's a nice reel, especially for the money. This is the cast-aluminum model. They make a machined "Torque" model for about two beans more, but so far I haven't had any problem with the cheaper one. Good drag, good specs, and so far it has been great for fighting fish. Ask me later when I hook one of those plus-size bluefins!
 
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Penn torque or fathom 25N or 30. Okuma Makaira 10sEA. Talica 12
 
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Klamath17

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Thanks for the replies everyone, they were very helpful. It looks like we have two pricing and quality levels here for recommended 2-speed 50lb class reels:

$200-$300 range (Penn Fathoms, Okuma Metaloids, and Shimano TLD 30)
$479-$579 range (Penn Torque, Okuma Makaira, Shimano Talica)

The Fathom 40NLD2 for $200 would be an unbeatable value, if I could find one for that price!
 
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Klamath17

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Great replies, and now we have a good selection of 2-speed 50lb class reels to consider::

$200-$300 range (Penn Fathom, Okuma Metaloid, and Shimano TLD 30)
$300-$400 range (Diawa Saltist, Okuma Andros, Avet LX)
$400-$500 range (Avet Raptors)
$479-$579 range (Penn Torque, Okuma Makaira, Shimano Talica)

One long-time member sent a PM mentioning an important consideration.

He mentioned that on most long range trips, 40#-50# outfits are the go-to bread and butter outfits. For that reason, it makes sense to have a versatile top-quality reel in that class because it will be one of the most-used. A reel that is smooth and light enough to be able to cast a light bait smoothly, like a Talica, can be a big plus.

The argument for a really good primary 2-speed outfit then adding others after that makes sense. Decisions, decisions. Thanks for all your insights and recommendations!
 
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Tld50 2spd. Is prob the only economical true 50 class reel on the market. It will do 25lb of drag easy.
 
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SouthBayKiller

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Great replies, and now we have a good selection of 2-speed 50lb class reels to consider::

$200-$300 range (Penn Fathom, Okuma Metaloid, and Shimano TLD 30)
$300-$400 range (Diawa Saltist, Okuma Andros, Avet LX)
$400-$500 range (Avet Raptors)
$479-$579 range (Penn Torque, Okuma Makaira, Shimano Talica)

One long-time member sent a PM mentioning an important consideration.

He mentioned that on most long range trips, 40#-50# outfits are the go-to bread and butter outfits. For that reason, it makes sense to have a versatile top-quality reel in that class because it will be one of the most-used. A reel that is smooth and light enough to be able to cast a light bait smoothly, like a Talica, can be a big plus.

The argument for a really good primary 2-speed outfit then adding others after that makes sense. Decisions, decisions. Thanks for all your insights and recommendations!
All of these reels listed will cast just about as well as a Talica with the exception of the TLD 30. A TLD 30 is equivalent in size to today's 100-130lb reels, so I would take that recomendation with a grain of salt. It's simply way to big for a 50lb reel with today's spectra backing. AVETs are great, but the LX6/3 is being pushed to its absolute maximum fishing 40lb line and is probably being over used as a 50lb reel. The pinion is going to get crushed. The raptors are more than up to the task though.

The larger the reel the more poorly it will cast due to heavier spool startup. So a fathom 30 will cast better than even a 40n. A 40n is a 50-60lb reel, a 30 is more of a 40-50lb reel. If you are gonna be fishing big baits and yoyo jigs go with the 40, if you are gonna be fishing smaller baits, dropping down to 40 at times go with the 30 sized reels. Same goes with all the other manufactures as well (tac 12 vs tac 16, andros 5 vs 12, JX vs HX, etc).

One thing to consider is gear ratios. The Makaira 10-15 are awesomely beastly little reels, but their high gear is too slow to effectively fish a jig. But damn if they aren't a tank of a bait reel where reeling in quickly isn't needed, their low gear is basically a winch.
 
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hucklongfin

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My 50# reels are a Daiwa Saltiga 40ld2 and an Avet JX Raptor. Both have 400 yds of 65# spectra with a 50# topshot. The Talica 12 is the same size as these. The Fathom 30ld2 is right there too.
 
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