The Accurate 30D and 50D seem to be reels that overlap the smaller ATD reels in size. Price differences aren't much, and may be less when the current triple dog reels go on sale. What are the design differences between, say, the 50D and an ATD 20? The DPX has a third dog, yes. Are the ATDs more heavily built?
The 50D catches my eye because in capacity it's about a 6/0 reel.
The ATD's have no compromises to price, upgraded throughout. They are about double the money, made to fish 80# up...with some fishing 100-130 on the smaller 12 size. I'd say the 30 and 50 D type reels are best suited to 80# and down, maybe push to 100 but not more. The ATD's will do more, and do so more reliably.
Chark, thank you. The day's mail brought a Toro Tamer travel rod, and on initial assembly I'm delighted by the fit and finish. Under load, the ferrules flex as seamlessly as my flyrods, which use similar ferrules - at triple the price. I bought the rod for a September trip to Puerto Rico with non-angling friends; at least I get to walk the local beach in the morning before typically tourist activities are required.
The 50D might be a 60 lb. reel in my future; we'll see.
The ATD's have larger everything - bearings, spool shaft, and dogs (different design dogs and much larger than the D's) to name a few differences. And as Charkbait said the ATD is designed to fish the big stuff reliably over time.
The 30D/50D are really great reels (I have the 30D) but they won't fish much more than 20#'s of drag without problems. The dogs won't take that pressure and the bearings/spool shaft will start to fail.
I use my 30D for 80# dropper loop and the east coast guys use the D's for strippers cause they like the spool capacities....
Just my two cents....
Interesting. My experience of strippers is that they respond far better to waving, folded money than to a display of fishing tackle. Others have had different experiences. My interest in the 30D and 50D has to do with partyboat tuna, as practiced on the east coast (that is, no braid). The 50D, with 400 yards 60 lb. mono, is a 6/0 lever drag, effectively speaking. I won't live long enough to wear it out. Neither is a 20-lb drag limit a problem. I can sneak no small amount of braid into the reel under a 200-yard topshot of 60 lb. mono, and probably be forgiven by the mates if the fish is good enough to get into the backing in the first place.
I wrote to Accurate. "Kristin" replied, to verify which reels were of interest, and that is the lsst I heard from Accurate.
We'll see what happens. A 20 lb. drag limit is not a problem. As long as I can stuff a useful amount of braid underneath a 20-0 yard Basil topshot, I'm happy.
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