Shimano Triton

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Does anyone have any experience with Shimano Triton 80W reels?? Are they quality reels? How is the drag on them?? Are they a viable alternative to Tiagra or Penn Internationals?
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80w

I have 3 of them I used them in the canyon pulling big lures never had an issue but never caught anthing over 200# on them...
 

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They were good reels, but have been out of production for many years, so you would need a stand of them for parts to keep them working long term.
 

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Shawn,They are some of the best reels out there....The only problem is you *MUST* Keep them covered on the way out...there drag system is not sealed....and the drag washer will get wet and give you a uneven drag pressure.....other then that top quality
 

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Guys with the big boats with AC power would take the fabric washer out and hit it with a hair dryer and it would be as good as new
 

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I got one too! I keep all mine in the wheelhouse until we get there.
when kept dry....you can put alot of drag pressure with these reels...i have 4 50w and 8 80w....i bought them cheap when i owned my bait and tackle shop in the late 80's....if you need any more info...feel free to PM me
 

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Just don't overpay. Shimano is notorious for not supporting their products long term. Parts are not available for most of those old school black reels , like Beastmaster, etc. I don't know the vintage of the reels you are looking at either. One other thing I can tell you is that the graphite frame reels are no good for gunnel fighting, we have had a couple returned where the reel broke off the reel seat mid fight, and that was a result of using them with braid and heavy drag. Sucks to be mid battle and have your reel jammed against the first guide....
 

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Triton was the first big game reel shimano came out with and were all metal....they then came out with the TLD which had plastic parts
 

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I was playing around with setting the drag on one last summer, I think I set it at 40lbs @ 3/4 or full drag
 

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I have a couple that i am fairly sure say 130 on them but might just be 80/130 though, 2 speed reels. I will have to check what they really are. They have put some beasts on deck over the years but don't see too much use lately. Always performed perfectly.
 

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I have a couple that i am fairly sure say 130 on them but might just be 80/130 though, 2 speed reels. I will have to check what they really are. They have put some beasts on deck over the years but don't see too much use lately. Always performed perfectly.
If it's a two speed its not a Triton it's a Beastmaster.....they came in 30/50 ..50 /80 and 80/130
 
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