Tern vs Valiant for Casting Distances

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  1. ROSSOLY

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    I have a BV-400 and BV2-500. I can cast the BV-400 decently but not the BV2-500. I attribute the less distance due to the larger spool.

    Even though the Tern 500 spool is presumably the same size and weight as the BV2-500's spool, could I expect greater casting distances from the Tern because it's a star drag? The reel would be used as a 40 lb bait reel (BV2-500 a bit oversized for this application.)

    I've been fishing for several years and I embarrassingly admit I can't cast great. In my case, practice didn't make perfect.
     
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    Yes, a star drag of the same size as a lever drag should cast better. Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.
     
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    Hi Todd,
    I too have found the Valiant 400 relatively easy to cast, while the Valiant 500 is a challenge; with practice I improved my casting with the 500, but was never really comfortable casting light lures like the Waxwing. I bought the Tern 400, and love casting it. The star drag Terns have a friction cast control that helps, and magging one should be relatively easy if you wish to go in that direction. Magging the Valiants is going to be major challenge.
    I hope Accurate brings out a 600N version of the Tern; that should be a good size for casting iron.
    Bill
     
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    The logical answer to your question is yes. Star drags tend to have better free spool than lever drag reels due to the difference in the way the spool and spool shaft in a star drag reel function together. The other difference in the star drag is the spool tension control, which can be used to make casting easier.
     

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