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I have used several reels over the last year or so and all have been less than ideal. Handles too small, tendency to birds nest, fiddley with gloves etc etc. The current one is a small McMahon
They have been ok just for wreck lines but a pain for DSMB deployment particularly from mid water and subsequent deco.
Has anyone any recommendations on next buy or is my technique just a pile of poo


Cheers all and a happy, safe and wet new year (unless you've just bought the dry bag of your dreams )
 

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<font color='#000080'>I just got a kent tooling reel - stainless steel, very sexy.  What i really liked about it was the fact that you can get a velcro strap to hold your SMB to the reel, and then once you have deployed it, you can slide your hand into the strap instead of holding onto the handle.  Good if you have got small hands like me, and if you are hanging off it for deco.
 

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<font color='#000080'>Hi

I prefer a spool and double ender for midwater smb deployment. Less likely to tangle and they are easy to use.

Andy
 

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i bought a second hand northern diver wreck reel with approx 100 metres of line it doesnt birds nest because it has a looped piece of metal on the top that keeps it running straight realy sturdy also.done about 20 dives with it so far and dont have any probs useing it with 5mm neoprene gloves either
 

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<font color='#000080'>No field test so far, but I got a kent tooling reel, and it's still looking new, after being taken along on numerous dives. £60 for a S/S 100m reel can't be bad, and it's not going to fall apart. I was also impressed by a company that provided a spares kit for the reel. Don't get that from most retailers!
 

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<font color='#000F22'>Ditto to Porg and Digger  - Kent 100m S/S reel - built to last easy to use and I've got luminous pink line !!!!
 

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<font color='#000080'>I also use a simple spool and double-ender for DSMB deployment. Once you get the hang of this method you would not revert back to a clumsy reel which can easily tangle. I do use a reel (Halcyon Pathfinder 400) but only for laying line.

Happy new year.

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I use a reef scuba reel, but I'm not sure if they are available in the UK.  Its nice because you can take the spool off under water to clear jams (yes I've tried this and its really easy).

I also carry a spool and double ender as well.
 

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I carry a spool and double ender as backup to my main reel (mcmahon). Deployment with the spool is easy enough but winding the bugger in is a pain.
 

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A simple spool works well for me on depths upto 15m.  Mid water deployment is, dare I say it....  Easier than a reel.  

Just my humble opinion.

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Ditto to what everybody has said about spools.  However, I still prefer to use a reel for DSMB's etc.

Get yourself a Pathfinder 400 reel and you'll never buy another reel again (unless you drop it over the side of the boat that is!)
Halcyon reels and spools
 

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Thanks all, food for thought. have a good one  
 
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