YES! I have 2 of them, the 100 and the 200. For flippin though, I dont know. These are the round ones, right? I love them. I use my 100 on a 6' trigger rod for shakin, spooning and whatever. I have a 200 I use for wired worms, top waters and whatever else, I even threw a big swimbait with it and it handled it just fine, except it didnt hold much of that 20 lb big game. The 250 is the gold one and it is sweet, spring for that if you can, its about 170 bucks. I get all my reels used, even got one for free from Shimano!
For me, I like the higher speed reels for flipping...because most of my bites come from line watching and not from feeling it through the rod...So I want to be able to take up line as quick as possibe, so when I see the first tic in the line, I reel up fast and set the hook. If you see or feel a second tic it's normally the fish spitting it out. Dan
Remember one thing about Flipping....the goal is to get the fish out of the cover as fast as possible...and never ever have slack line....The Castaic reel in my opinion is the best on the market for Flipping & Pictching with a perfect gear ratio of 6.2:1
True, that's one reason why the flipping stick is 7.5' - 8' long so you can pick up that slack line fast and fling them out. Kind of like the same principle in using a 7' rod for c-rigs. I may have to put my high speed Pflueger on my flippind stick and see if I can really tell the diference but I don't think I'd even be able to tell. In the end I'm sure both are going to work just fine.
I wonder why it is that I have never seen a flippin reel with a low gear ratio? ...By the way, mostly the rod is that long to give you distance between yourself and the fish. Your right though in that the idea is to horse them out right away but to also take up the slack line just as fast. Shit, actually in the old days before "Flippin Sticks" and special high tech flipping reels they use to use 10' long cane poles and "Tule Dip".....That started the whole craze.
One time I was lucky enough to sit down and talk with Dee Thomas (grand daddy of flipping) and he told me the story about how he got the idea from watching people using cane poles to get into deep cover. Then he took the idea down to Fenwick and had them make the rod. I actually still have and use an old Dee Thomas flipping stick made by Fenwick. Of coarse modern rods are a lot more sensative but I've been flipping with this thing for over ten years (the rod is a lot older than that) and have had great success with it.
"...By the way, mostly the rod is that long to give you distance between yourself and the fish"
Also to allow the person to present a bait at further distances with much more finesse. There are a lot of reasons a flipping stick is made the way they are I was just giving one reason. Also I don't know why you have never seen a slow geared flipping reel. All the guys I fish with have used Abu Garcia's for flipping.
This is my 1 1/2 cents (inflation) If Dee Thomas is the man.. He uses a castaic with a Huge hawg handle. I know because I talked to him back in old river in the CA delta and seen it on the deck. In fact I use the exact same setup for whatever that means. But then again.... I am the Man of constant sorrow :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: