Got the bigger size reel for my 6wt. Only had it for about a month so far so can't speak to the longevity of it. Reel looks awesome and I've had gotten the chance to catch some fish on it. Drag is impressive for a trout reel, strong enough to stop some chum and coho and responsive enough for feisty cutthroat. Will definitely be adding more allen reels to my arsenal in the future.
I finally got to Montana for a couple of weeks with my new Trout ll reel. What a product. The reel performed flawlessly. The drag was fantastic nad easy to adjust will fighing a 21" brown in fast moving water. Thanks for a great products at a great price. Did I mention that it is a great looking reel as well?
We've all heard that saying. I now have A Trout ll reel for my 4 & 5 at. Rods. They are unbelievable smooth and the drag is kickback free. The drag adjustment knob is big, easy to adjust with a fish in the line and smooth as butter. So why a 4 star rating and not a 5? Once I get into a Montana big brown this summer, I'm 99% sure I'll upgrade my rating. Did I say they look great as well?
As you know there are a lot of trout reels made and sold. They are available in many styles, colors and are manufactured using different methods and materials. The drag or brake systems are varied and some are really unique. The finishes vary too. Some reels have ball bearings, some don't. Some trout reels are noisy and other are quiet. The prices are all over the board from $45 to hundreds.