I needed a new reel that could handle the bigger fish like musky, pike and that type of thing. After looking around at some reviews and actaully handling them at the store I made the leap & bought it.
The 6501 is the left handed version. The crank is on the left hand side of the reel. THe 6500 is the right handed version
After using it for a couple of weeks and throwing a lot of big lures, bucktails, big body baits etc, I can say that I really like this bait casting reel. It has a switch that turns on/off the clicker if you want to use it for trolling. Once I got the casting brake adjusted I could toos the big musky baits that I was throwing a long ways. Especially downwind.
One thing I like about it is that it’s not too big. It fits my hand comfortably on a 6 foot heavy action ugly stick. The small spool release for casting does kinda suck when compared to the bass baitcasting reels but doesn’t take but a second to get used to. The drag is very smooth and works great. I had the chance to test it on a smaller musky and there where no issues at all. I’ll find out more when I tackle bigger stuff like salmon & hopefully a big musky or 2 this year.
The only thing I dont like is that if you go from casting downwind to casting up wind and forget to adjust the casting brake be prepared for a backlash, unless you really feather the spool with your thumb. Beyond that I really like this reel.It handles the 50lbs fireline that I have spooled on it extremely well.
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