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Inline Ice Fishing Reels

Post By: spicyhombre      Posted: 11/18/2019 9:57:04 AM     Points: 5903    
I purchased an Eagle Claw inline reel years ago and had a bunch of issues with it. It was the cheaper model so I didn't expect it to be great but liked the concept so tried it.

At this point I want to upgrade to a more reliable model and am looking for input as to what you like or don't like especially if you have tried any of the newer models. Right now I am thinking about the Clam Gravity.

 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 11/18/2019 11:02:52 AM     Points: 1890    
Have you ever considered a small fly reel. It will have a drag system and hold lots more line. I was just thinking how similar the in-line reels are to the fly reels.
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: 11/18/2019 11:51:26 AM     Points: 176    
The Eagle Claw ones are POS and I don't even use mine anymore. I love my Frabil inlines.
 Reply by: Raskal      Posted: 11/18/2019 12:09:39 PM     Points: 2759    
Never had a problem with the Shakespeare Ugly Stick combos ...
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 11/18/2019 12:10:21 PM     Points: 55041    
I have experience with 13 fishing inline reels. Ive used both mid range as well as there high end and both were nice.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/18/2019 1:14:17 PM     Points: 12153    
My first inline eagle craw is still running to strong. I bought another one that was junk so I kept it for parts but finally through it out. Iíve got the 13fishing decent. Havenít had any trouble with it. Only thing thatís kind of annoying is the spool speed adjustment is metal so it speaks a bit at times. Other then that itís great. Solid reel for the middle priced reels. I do believe I will bite the bullet and buy a blackbetty this.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 11/18/2019 1:15:02 PM     Points: 5903    
Good idea. That is where it all began. Since I will be using very light line I want a small and light reel. Added line doesnít really help since most using in shallower applications. Great suggestion though.
 Reply by: Flyguy44      Posted: 11/18/2019 6:07:48 PM     Points: 233    
Tried out my first in-line a few years back, and keep that POS Eagle Claw as a back up still. Really like the 13 Ghost & also have a 13 Decent. Saw the new Clam Gravity & started to drool a little.
Big advantage for ice fishing with these reels is how easy & smooth the line drops. Plus no spool memory like you get on a tiny spinning reel that most ice anglers use.
Get one. Heck get a couple if you can!
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 11/18/2019 7:28:52 PM     Points: 1890    
Spicy, I see a lot of ice gear. I mean hundreds of rods... rod and reel combos. IMHO... most of the stuff is low end quality. The rods are way too soft for the most part. The reels are tiny and plastic. Now Iím not ever going target tiny fish on purpose. If Iím going sit on frozen water I want slabs... and reliable equipment. Your right, guys remaned broken fly rods for the ice. With tapped on reels and homemade handles. Lol we was poor... anyway I just thought a fly reel is better quality reel with a better drag. I2
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/18/2019 10:12:29 PM     Points: 12153    
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Might check these out. I couldnít say if they are any good. Cant find any reviews on this brand.

Fly reels differently have better drags. Only problem with the fly reels are they lay so close to the rod seat. You canít hold the reel like a spin reels.

I used home made rods for years. Work all the same.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 11/18/2019 10:36:04 PM     Points: 5903    
Your right that a lot of the ice stuff is crap. I totally get the desire to only target big fish too. Unfortunately my fishing addiction and location require me to also target smaller fish. Using ultralight gear adds a little fun to these smaller fish.
 Reply by: nickoli      Posted: 11/19/2019 10:02:45 AM     Points: 16    
I hate the small spinning reels cause the memory in mono will make it extremely difficult to keep the line straight and line tight with the little jigs used in ice fishing. I have recently switched to braided ice line to avoid that and tie on a 10 ft leader of mono from it. The only other problem I had was with the inline real I got the line would tend to want to jump out of the spool and wrap up and knot up on me because ice fishing requires a lot of movement from one depth to another quickly. So right now I am still working on avoiding that and maybe I over spooled the inline reel but again if you fish 100 ft for Lakers there is no way around that.

Needless to say I have started trying one new way and I really like it. I like to use the bait casters for ice fishing! Similar to inline with less memory issues and keeps the line in the spool. Easy access to a release and set of the line and drag as well. If it's really cold you can have ice catch along the thing (not sure what it's called) that moves back and forth on your bait caster reel just above the spool, but easy to just clean off quickly. One of the hardest things for me over the years was learning to keep that line straight while ice fishing and I've been able to resolve that issue this way and much easier to use I think! Good Luck! That is my experience and two cents.
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 11/19/2019 1:10:48 PM     Points: 3529    
I just ordered a 13 black betty free fall. I've had an eagle claw in line myself and although it has 'worked' it is poorly designed. I've heard good things about the freefall.
 Reply by: PerchJerker      Posted: 11/19/2019 5:26:10 PM     Points: 1319    
Do you also use casting ice rods? They are a bit hard to find it seems especially in lighter flexes.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 11/20/2019 7:18:57 AM     Points: 37711    
Bill, Discount Fishing Tackle has a Black Friday sale after Thanksgiving and these inline ice reels are on sale.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 11/20/2019 8:17:10 AM     Points: 6133    
Inlines are fantastic for panfish. Everyone out in the midwest loves the 13 fishing radioactive pickle for a reason.

Still, a high-quality 500-size spinning reel (shimano, abu, diawa) on a decent st. croix or flambeau rod is cheaper and has better drag, so you can use your panfish setup for trout and finesse walleye too.
 Reply by: JustFishing      Posted: 11/22/2019 1:57:55 PM     Points: 327    
I'm impressed with this one by:
Shimano Sienna (New model this year)

Model SN1000FG
Retrieve Right/Left
Gear Ratio 5.0:1
Weight 7.9
Bearing 3BB + 1RB
Line Cap. (Test/Yd.) 4/140, 6/110
Price $29.99

Got it at tacklewarehouse

 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 11/22/2019 7:38:34 PM     Points: 6756    
I've tried an early inline reel, and the line kept coming off the spool and tangling. Like Ifly, I don't like flimsy equipment, mainly because I'm ham-handed already, and need gear that will hold up after dropping a lot.

Spinning reels are not for me, they ice up too easily, the moving spool and bail is prone to freezing up. I mainly use baitcasters with braid, since there is no memory or line twist.

You guys have inspired me to try out one of the newer inline reels, though, this season. I may even try an old fly fishing reel as well. Better drag than a $25 spinning reel, fewer moving parts too.

Also, thanks for the heads up on baitcasting ice rods, I'll have to look those up.

Gee, thanks, this has been an expensive thread to follow!
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 11/22/2019 8:06:43 PM     Points: 5903    
Thanks for all of the replyís.

I ended up ordering a 13 fishing Free fall ghost and am spooling with 6# suffix ice braid.

I donít get to use it until after Xmas since I just buy stuff and have my wife give it to me as gift. I always get good gifts these days 😜 iĒItís going to look good next to my new Nils 8Ē convertible auger.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/22/2019 8:45:44 PM     Points: 12153    
Haha Santaís gonna be good to you this year.

One thing I might add is I run 8lb Fluorocarbon on my in-line reels with little issues. It really performs well on the these inlines.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 11/23/2019 2:48:06 AM     Points: 55041    
Your going to love that auger!
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 11/23/2019 7:26:24 AM     Points: 5903    
Gone fishin-
I was planning on flouro but several people convinced me to try the braid. Figured I would give it a go and change it if I wasnít happy.
 Reply by: Basschaser      Posted: 11/24/2019 1:40:31 PM     Points: 1307    
I use the frabill.. Not sure what kind cause I got it from clearance bin at cabelas.
Had it for years, never let me down
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 12/3/2019 11:26:31 AM     Points: 3529    
Just used my new 13 black betty freefall. What a game changer. Landed 8 good trout on it, all without a vexilar. Taking a little getting used to, but I'm in love. Buying a 2nd one

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