I have multiple fishing rods and reels in my household. Each one serves its own purpose, and I like each one for different reasons. One thing that remains my favorite however is my reel. The Mitchell Avocet II S500UL model.
I purchased this reel on the advice of an old fisherman at my local bait store. I was looking for a new reel, but I didn’t have too much money to spend on it. The Avocet II S500UL model from Mitchell was the perfect compromise. The price is very reasonable; you can find these reels for about $40 at most sporting goods stores. You can also find them discounted on online websites.
There are several great features that I personally like about this reel. It has the instant anti-reverse feature to keep you from accidentally reversing the fishing line when you do not want to. It’s also a very heavy-duty reel that also has a very comfortable handle, with an oversize line roller that helps prevent the fishing line from twisting. The Avocet II S500UL model is not for saltwater use, but it works great in most freshwater areas. I have used it in a fast moving creek as well as a pond filled with marsh plants and had no troubles.
This reel is often sold marked as the Avocet II S500UL Silver Clam Package.