So Who Is Using Van Staals???

Hey lads,

I am thinking about purchasing a new heavy (PE8) spin set for jigging kings here in NZ and am starting to feel an urge to find out a little more on the Van Staal VS250 or VSB250.

I would either go with a Saltiga Expedition Z6500, a Stella 20000PG, or a Van Staal if I can find out enough about them....

So who has one and has thrash tested it? Can anyone give me some pro's and cons on it as we don't get them here in NZ so i can't even take a look at one. I have fished with both the Salty and Stella so i don't need any info on them, just the VS250 or the VSB250.

I think they are a little lighter than the Shimano and Daiwa, but don't have as much drag? anyone know how much drag they have?

Would like to spool it with around 250-300m of PE8.




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Al Bevan would know

Fri, 2009-07-24 09:48

Al Bevan would know Wink I heard a story that he left it in the drink for a while, then pulled it out, dropped a jig down and promptly landed a sambo on it. A guy in the US lost one to the surf, and someone found it 3 months later and returned it. It still turned (but did have a bit of corrosion). 

In general, they're tough as guts, pretty much saltwater proof, but not as smooth or refined as a stella. I'd be pretty surprised if they didnt have enough drag.

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Can confirm that

Fri, 2009-07-24 10:49

Have seen him grab the rod by the tip and lower the Staal underwater....

Something I wouldn't dream of doing ........

I fish with the 6500 Expedition and find it brilliant but haven't used a Staal yet so can't comment on them.....


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Seen it

Fri, 2009-07-24 11:40

Al does thnat just about every trip out, never hurt the reels at all, just a squirt of fresh water at the end of the day and it's ready to go again, Al has over 20 Van Stalls on board, all sizes and the one's with bail arms and the new higher speed models, as well as the whole range of V/S rods too.


I love them and their indestructable, he runs PE8 and that is up to 112 lb line and never had a failure.

I would have a couple myself by now but I can borrow off the boat anytime if I want to beach fish with one, I suppose it's one of the perc's of decking for him.



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 I've got a couple of their

Tue, 2009-09-29 17:29

 I've got a couple of their reels and a few rods. Only thing I don't like is the handle.

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I tried one of the van staal spin reels last week

Tue, 2009-09-29 18:20

was disapointed with the feel of the reel, very hmmm resistant and "grainy" to turn, feels like the gearings too tight or something compared to a saltiga.


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Kane there just like a women

Tue, 2009-09-29 18:54

Kane there just like a women you need to warm them up

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Accident Prone, was just

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Bought a Salty

Thu, 2009-10-08 13:53

Thanks for the link but I bought a Daiwa Expedition instead. I posted about it last week but my post somehow vanished????




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I have a VS250, fish it with

Thu, 2009-10-08 18:19

I have a VS250, fish it with 80lb braid and use it exclusively off the rocks for Sambo's and Groper...has plenty of drag in my opinion!  It's great as you don't have to stress when It gets covered by a wave etc...But I have also used my mates Saltiga and it is no were near as smooth but for my purposes it is perfect!