Like any small business, your vendors play a huge role in your success.

I have been fortunate to have been doing this long enough to make some observations on reel manufactures and parts dealers.  Everyone that I have come in contact with in this small industry is genuine and nice.  All are eager to help and exceed my expectations for customer service and satisfaction.  Two of these vendors…

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Daiwa Tatula 8.1:1

Light and smooth. Spool is a thing of beauty.  Fine gears to produce the 8:1 ratio.  Great for throwing 1/8 jigs.  Many use it for steelhead fishing in the PNW.  Not the greatest drags for that application but you could do it,  I worry about the gear and pinion after a few hot steelhead but…