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Old 11-20-2016, 06:20 AM
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Following my seminar was the FLL boat show. Though a number os seminar attendees and booth visits I was put in contact with the owner of Qualia reels. I have honestly never used these products as I thought they were a small, lower quality entry level reel. To make a long story very short, we agreed to test these reels. I figured I would get a shipment, take one apart, see the same cheap stuff we break all the time and send them back with a nice note saying they're not for us (like I've done on exactly 13 other occasions) - Boy was I wrong.

Those of you know who know us, we've tried literally everything and have made changes along the way when we find products we like. We're not paid or reimbursed for what we use. In many cases we use stuff that we aren't even sponsored with because its better. For information about these, feel free to contact me to play with some of ours. We will be testing several spinning reels and Jigging/Narrow conventional and several medium size conventional reels.

The model that we are testing the most of are some of the Q-16 HS (High Speed, Single speed) reels. This reel has a working drag of up to 26 pounds with no binding, its a perfect 20-30 pound mono reel for the SEFL scene. They're overbuilt in every aspect, using a lot of stainless and machined aluminum, no "composite/cheap metals" or plastics. All the bearings are High Quality Taiwan made (very high quality) and no Chinese parts here. As you'll see from the next few pictures, from the initial mini-tear down I did, they're among the finest built I've seen and I wouldn't be surprised if we move towards these reels for exclusive use on all our charter boats in the future. Here's my top 10 features:

1. All Solid Construction
2. Carbon Drag, with Cals grease, well sealed.
3. Large Thrust Bearing (Sealed and well lubricated)
4. Overbuilt solid clicker setup with NO play back and forth
5. Huge Stainless gears with Square entry Not threaded for super strength
5. Double dogs for great anti reverse and no failure
6. Solid Spool for no flex or movement.
7. Left Side plate Access (quick clicker and LH spool bearing access)
8. Nice Drag Curve with very strong and very smooth output
9. No detent from free spool to engage drag
10. Very Smooth operation, not clunky like Avet, more like the alutecnos.

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Old 11-27-2016, 06:28 AM
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Looks like a solid product, prices don't seem to bad either. Have you had the chance to try the spinning reel? I may be willing to give the No_load 70 a shot. I love the look of the Advenz high speed, and I'm not even a gator fan lol.
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Originally Posted by SpoilIslandStyle View Post
Looks like a solid product, prices don't seem to bad either. Have you had the chance to try the spinning reel? I may be willing to give the No_load 70 a shot. I love the look of the Advenz high speed, and I'm not even a gator fan lol.
LOL - its gold not orange, but next to blue it does look a bit "gator-esqe"
We recently switched all our charter boats over to these for an in-depth test over the next few months. We've been putting these to tremendous use and trolling, bottom fishing, kite fishing, live baiting, etc. They are fantastic. They also come very well greased out of the box, something you don't see anymore.

I have 6 of the NLF 70 reels and a few of the 50s for inshore. I spooled the 70's up with straight 20 pound bullbuster mono and we've been catching a ton of fish, pelagic, mahi, sails, etc and have been doing well on the bottom with them to for AJ, groupers and a lot of snappers. They're very solid. The construction is all metal, stainless and aluminum, and the main gear shaft is very strong and reinforced, the 60 and 70 NLF are build with anti reverse dogs as well as bearings for added strength.

If you want discounted pricing, let me know, PM or Call me. Happy to help.
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Old 11-27-2016, 02:13 PM
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This is really great to see someone getting the word out about Qualia Reels.

Jack was the original owner that passed this last year. That guy was such a cool cat to talk to. He just loved fishing reels. He and his wife always took great care of our local fishing club and always gave a great donation to our annual banquet. He will be missed. His wife donated a few reels again this year in Jack's memory. Such nice generous folks.

I have used a few different Qualias over the years and I have always thought they were pretty damn nice reels.
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33 oz. for a jigging reel. I will stick with 14-17 oz Avets.
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Originally Posted by Locke N Load View Post
33 oz. for a jigging reel. I will stick with 14-17 oz Avets.
Don't be one dimensional. They have several options. I have a box of 24 broken avets I'll stick to my flawless Qualias
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What size rods do you have them paired with? Any heavier braid-backed, top-shot set ups that you've tried (50lb test range w/a 40lb top-shot)?
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Originally Posted by Tiretyme View Post
What size rods do you have them paired with? Any heavier braid-backed, top-shot set ups that you've tried (50lb test range w/a 40lb top-shot)?
We have custom built rods on 20/30 class blanks. Most of them are spooled with 20 pound bullbuster mono. We have a few 2 speeds that have 50 pound braid and a top shot of 40/50 mono. They've handled Wahoo, bottom fish and amberjacks up to 135 pounds with no issues.
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