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VR series reel review

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I just picked up this reel 2 weeks ago.. Fished it for the first time the other day and loved it.  This is my first VS.  I caught a few schoolies on it but got some sand in it and flushed it right out.  

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I have VR125. It is my first VS. I put a solid spring and fall with it and it has had no issues. I have dropped this reel in the sand given it a salt water bath and continued to fish without a problem. Caught many monster blues, and some nice striped bass up to 25 pounds.  I did open it up this winter and it looked super clean inside. Good luck. 

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I got a vr150 as soon as my local b&t got it in last December. I put a hard season on it and it held up wonderfully. No issues at all.

Just curious, you got it last Dec.  Its now 3/1/17, how did you get a hard season out of that time frame?

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Ive had the vs reels and the vr 125 and 175 , once i bought the vr i would never by the vs series again , also i sold my vs reels and now only use the vr. Way lighter and smoother.

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VR series are very good.  the VS will still be the hardcore workhorse used for getting on the rocks in MTK, jetty jumping, etc.  i wouldnt trust my VR taking a hard fall on the rocks like i would my VS, but its a good reel.

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I own a vs 200 and a vr 150...love the vr...have not converted it to bailess it is waterproof but is not reccomened to reel underwater like a vs...seems like is very easy to service as well...the metal is a lot less dense than the vs which lets it be lighter....but in agreement with earlier posts idk how it would do getting beaten around definately feels more delicate to me

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I would say go for it I'm not a big vanstall fan but it has the right handle in my opinion and why spend the extra cash on VS or ZB  when they are both capable of breaking down?  I have seen almost all major sealed reels fail  so why not save a buck and get it fixed if it breaks just like you would with the other reels. 

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