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    Johnny Morris reels
from oldturk (  
2/18/2004 8:57:00 PM


 Does anybody know how to remove the handle from a Johnny Morris baitcaster? Its clean and lube time and I can do my Shimano's no problem but I came across a few slick one owner Morris reels and thought I would give them a try. Just can't get the handles off. Thanks Eddy

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   reel handle from Tim (  2/18/2004 11:18:00 PM
 look and see if there is not some screws behind the handle, once the screws are removed the handle comes off and then the regular nut. I think thats the way the scorpions are.

   To take off the handle- from CUSTOMBAIT  2/18/2004 11:43:00 PM
 - you crank the star drag all the way down tight, then push in on the handle and turn it backwards.

   Morris reels from oldturk (  2/19/2004 10:09:00 PM
 Thanks for the help guys

   Sidenote from BigGreenFish  1/17/2008 12:39:00 AM
 You can add over 2 1/2 pounds of added drag counter pressure to the JM reels weak 5.7 pounds by switching the spring washers out with the BNT0015's that are made by Shimano. I read several posts on here about that problem... so that is cheap fix.


   Big Green... from SoonerFan (  1/17/2008 1:30:00 AM
 Where are you located? I'm looking for somebody to do a clean & lube on a Diawa TD-Z , a Shimano 200 SF, and maybe a BPS David Fritts.

Are you in the OKC area? I hate to go shipping my reels all over the country.

   OKC/Yukon area from bgf@work (  1/17/2008 1:06:00 PM
 SoonerFan, I am in the OKC Metro Area, just east of Yukon. I am a teacher so I do it all at my home. I do not want to put my email, website, or phone on the BFHP because I am not a sponsor, but I will email you if you want.

Go Sooners!!!

   thanks for that info big green from eriedude (  1/19/2008 10:20:00 AM
 great to hear from someone who knows what theyre talking about.i too am guilty of looking at bearing counts when considering a reel. is there a baitcaster you recomend?

   Sure from BigGreenFish  1/19/2008 4:17:00 PM
 I can make some recommendations based upon my personal experience and what I see crossing my work bench from day to day. I guess I am old fashioned but my favorites are out of production. I recommend picking up the Chronarch 100A's or the original Japanese version the Metanium. Of course you can still pick up the MG50's. I also like the Daiwa Alpha 103's compared to the new Zillions. Servicing a Zillion is a pain in the screwdriver. I honestly think these things were never meant to be broken down to the frame. The interior screws that hold the clutch assembly, drive shaft, etc are soft as lead. The are a beautiful reel, but I seriously question their staying power because of some stupid screws (what a shame). I do like some of the more expensive reels, but I would never buy one because I am perfectly happy with the sub $300 market. If you got the do-re-me, then by all means stock up on Calais DC's.

Now, for my faves in an affordable range. Scoop up the Curado 100B's and 200B's while you can. They will be the best 80 bucks you will ever spend. Also, I really like the new Citica 100DSV and with $30 off right now they are a steal. These little Citicas have a familiarity that I like and are the best reel I have purchased in the past 3 years (in that price range). I am sure that a Revo will eventually make my list but they need to stop changing the models. Abu needs to determine if they want to immitate Shimano or Daiwa, or go back to being themselves. Personally I think they had a market and are screwing themselves out of it trying to make too many people happy at once.

Now if you like round reels then my nod has to go to a Calcutta of any style. They all work great and would be the perfect reel if they would make their clutch pawl spring out of titanium. It sucks having to replace the entire set plate if a 25 cent part breaks. Now I would be hard pressed to find a better reel under $80 than the C4 Ambassadeur's. I am still waiting on the overall Record series to prove itself and wish they would stop making reels that have their carriage screw (worm shaft) engaged the entire time. BPS also had a reel that got little press, but for the money is probably one of the best deals of all time. It is discontinued, but the Mega Tournament MT-2 was essentially a Calcutta 200A. It cost less than 50 bucks and has not had any problems breaking. I have had one of them in my rotation for over 10 years and it works like the day I bought it. I get lots of compliments on it today. Lew Childre BB-1n's are also a great reel for what they do. They are often copied but never duplicated. They are a bit squeaky, but if you are a deep cranker then you would love these.

It is really hard to suggest reels in the last 2-3 years. They change so much and are untested. Everyone is making a shiny, eye-catching, high-count ball bearing, wiffle-spooled, low-profile reel. The only problem is that most of them are disposable at best. Most reels work like a charm for the first 3-4 months, but then the cream rises to the top. I do not trust any reel that changes its body style, components, etc every other year. To me that shows that people bought their reels and then didnt go back and buy some more. Sometimes change is good, but be wary if they change too often.

I am not saying that there are not good reels from Pflueger, Browning, BPS, Cabelas, Quantum, Pinnacle, etc etc, but they have sure put out some "reel" duds in the past. Most of them do not keep a good reel out long enough to merit a following. I think that the manufacturers need to target the $100-150 market more. All the increased price has done is allow substandard reels to creep into that price range when they belong in the <$75. I for one would be pissed if I paid $125 for a reel and after two seasons it was sent to the proverbial rod rack to die.

All that being said, discontinued or older reels that have stood the test of time are probably the best bargains out there. Plop a few new bearings, drag washers, pawl and worm shaft in them and get them properly cleaned and lubed and you will be very happy. Listen, watch, and read the reviews of the newer reels and lets just see what happens.

That is only my opinion and I respect and listen to other people's as well.




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