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Which one, the 6061 or the base model?

I have the 6061 and love the way the line flies off the reel. The smallest jig just drops like a rock without having to pull any line or shake the rod tip. I haven't been able to test the drag yet. Maybe this weekend if I can hook into a big one on Mille Lacs.

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I have the base model and like it I think its a great reel for panfish but you have to get use to locking it out when you set the hook or the line will spin and you will miss the fish. I only used on perch and gills so far I wish it had a drag but have learned how to fish with it I just keep my palm on the back when I set the hook

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Not a huge fan. Even if you back way off on the drag, it still feels really tight while reeling. I like my Okuma way better.

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Hate mine....freezes up, too fine of a line between too tight and too loose....brought it out half dozen times and every time I have it set aside within 5 minutes and using the old faithful spinning reels. I was hoping for a better experience....not there for me unfortunately.

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Thumbs down. Hate the tension system on it for sure. Line also gets wound up in the bearing too often. Any old fly reel works better. Should have saved the money. This is probably a bad time to mention I have one for sale... lightly used.

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I will add that buddies that have the Clam product love those. I do think 13 Fishing puts out great product overall and am glad they are in the "ice" business now. I bet they have more products "up their sleeves" in the near future for us ice guys!

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