But not just any spinning reel. I need something very lightweight, as my new rod is a very lightweight rod with the rod blank though the handle. I got it at a charity raffle for a good cause, and got lots of other stuff with it. Cooler bag, a vented fishing shirt, t shirt, cooler bag, small tackle box, lures and a great Houston made American Rodsmith Rod.
It's for 8-14 test line, as I recall, so I'd like to run it with about a 10 pound test line. I happen to have some nice flourocarbon line laying about of a thin diameter but high strength, so that's an option as well. It will be perfect for salt or freshwater fishing.
SO I need a new spinning reel. Something very light. When I got the rod, I envisioned using a mint condition 70's Abu Garcia Cardinal 752 ultralight (for the seventies) spinning reel that has been sort of orphaned since it's long paired rod suffered a canoe related accident several years ago to several of the guides and has not been fixed yet.
But although tiny, it was made in Japan and is heavy and heavy duty. I recently bought a small Shimano ultralight reel that weighs two thirds less than what the Cardinal weighs. Still, the Cardinal has the uniquely located drag on the rear of the reel housing, and it's a great drag and despite it's small size, it really felt heavy and somewhat unbalanced on this lightweight rod I have added to the collection.
So a smaller and lighter reel may be in order. I'm looking for bargains, preferably new, something weighing less than 7 oz and is a high quality and durable spinning reel that has a great drag. Nice padded handle would be a plus.