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Centre pin advice


Looking to invest in my first pin, nothing flash or expensive, just simple to use and get used to. For example looked at the TF gear one around 50 quid which had decent reviews.

Any pointers?

Just bought the classic.
Second hand but clearly never seen the bank, and has the line guard attached. How necessary is it? Almost seems like it's rubbing against the drum hindering the spin of the reel slightly, you can hear it. Is it a must for a pin novice?