What's your preference?
What's your preference?
I use the big plastic wrapper thingie that comes with the dive float.
I've towed a flag with a reel, but that's only because that's what was available. I don't think it would matter much if I was using a reel or spool.
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There are definately some sites up here where if you don't tow a bag the boat is unlikely to find you. In those rare circumstances I prefer a spool. Less line = less to turn into a total CF + they are jam proof. I would not tow one deeper than 90-100ft so that's about the biggest spool I'd use.
About the only time I tow a flag is during my AOW class mid-water nav dive. I use my Salvo reel. Works great, and the "goodman" handle gives me the ability to use that hand while holding the reel.
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I am very pleased that I live in an area where those things are not really required. The only time we've used one is as a surface station for gear during classes, and then it's anchored in the area with simple poly rope, not towed.
Uh-oh... what happens if you chose both pills?!?
I've got one of those. I'm afraid to use it for anything *serious*, 'less it break like Bob's did. I use mine for freshwater landmark mapping and determining horizontal viz. I am thinking of using it to shoot a SMB in Lake Travis, just to see how it performs.
The reel is relatively inexpensive and highly ergonomic. It's just that the quality and toughness seems to be lacking.
I use a spool, but I usually just tie it off somewhere, and don't tow it.
Just having trouble rationalizing $50+ for a reel I would only use for a dive flag... because after that, I would only want a *dedicated* reel for wrecks. I like the handle and the smooth action/winding.
I bought one of those floats with a dive flag on it and spliced 100' of polypropeline line onto it. I keep that wrapped onto one of those plastic extention cord wraps. I pay out only as much line as I need as I decend and then tie it off. I have a snap hook on the bitter end of the line that I attach to my catch bag when collecting crabs. That way I just hold the bag, and if something goes wrong with the system, all I have to do is let it go. It has worked well for us so far, especially for an improvised set up.