Vr 50

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bjelley, it is a great little reel, but it depends on your application. I use it on 9ft rods and shorter as it is very small and light (just over 9oz).


My advice would be this:

  • If you are using it for the kayak, for tog, for backbay scenarios, or in areas where it will get wet but not regularly dunk, I would get a Vr50.
  • If you dunk the reel a lot or wade on bars, I would go with the vsx150 (similar size but a bit bigger body and gear).

That all being said, I have put 30lb fish on it, I have dunked the heck out of it, and it has held up fairly well (it did need to go to VS for spool shims and then a new AR bearing though). In the past year, my VSX has had no service at all and it great.


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I have mine on a 7'6" jigging rod. it's a little too small for any kind of surf rod, unless you only plan to throw something light/tinny on a 9' or less rod. It's not because it cannot handle the weight, but because it will not balance a longer rod. It just feel weird in hand when you have a 9 footer and a small reel.

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