OG Zillion Variations

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OG Zillion Variations

Postby nd1225 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:25 pm

Can some one help me out please

How do the following reels compare?

OG Zillion

Zillion Deps

Zillion PE special

Zillion LTD

Zillion 50th

J-Dream

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby LgMouthGambler » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:08 am

They are all amazing in their own ways. J Dreams and Megabass IP versions are sweeter due to the spool. They are all internally identical, the differences are usually cosmetic, and spool/inductor with magnet differences.
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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby jvelth74 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:55 am

This interests also me that which reel has lighter spool (and lower line capacity?) and what kind of inductor (and bearings) there is and what use which reel is meant for…

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby deadlift » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:53 am

The PEs (7.9 version) have tweaked braking and cast/pitch much, much better than the other variants, IMHO. The stock spool is small, which is fine with a braid/FC leader, or if you're just fishing a short line, tight to cover (ie. 20 FC, short pitches), you should be OK.

If you're casting, swapping the stock spool with an OG, an old Fuego spool or other compatible version works well. I think Bronzefly has Fuego spools.

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby BigG » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:06 pm

TDZ 100mm spool is another great casting spool.

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby Rippin-lips » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:24 pm

I’ve only owned 3 zillion variants. OG - Dream - 100m

Og was a good reel. Really nothing negative about it.
J dream was pretty but suffered in casting distance.
100 m was good too.

Pe spool in the dream was a great combo.
100m spool in the og was a nice setup as well.

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby Polkfish1 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:06 pm

jvelth74 wrote:This interests also me that which reel has lighter spool (and lower line capacity?) and what kind of inductor (and bearings) there is and what use which reel is meant for…


The deps dr 100zx has a locked down drag and many use it for frogs. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I have a tendency of getting bold with it, which has not always ended well. Also, it’s a looker.

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby toddmc » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:53 am

The OG Zillion is still the benchmark for durable easy palming aluminum framed baitcast reels. The only issue is that the 36mm spool doesn't have as many aftermarket options. The Ray's Studio DIY spool has helped this platform. Buy a used standard OG and a DIY spool and you will have both heavy and light baits covered.

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby LowRange » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:34 pm

toddmc wrote:The OG Zillion is still the benchmark for durable easy palming aluminum framed baitcast reels. The only issue is that the 36mm spool doesn't have as many aftermarket options. The Ray's Studio DIY spool has helped this platform. Buy a used standard OG and a DIY spool and you will have both heavy and light baits covered.


This. The Ray's spool makes for pretty good pitching spool too. I use mine with 16# flouro for the low weight of the spool for easier start up and the control of the Air Brake like mechcanisum. The thin inductor allows the spool to be more free than my Tatula SV or Alphas SV spools when pitching but still have a reasonable amount of control. I'm not sure how the spool will hold up to this kind of use considering that they are intended for finesse applications.

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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby poisonokie » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:03 pm

LowRange wrote:
toddmc wrote:The OG Zillion is still the benchmark for durable easy palming aluminum framed baitcast reels. The only issue is that the 36mm spool doesn't have as many aftermarket options. The Ray's Studio DIY spool has helped this platform. Buy a used standard OG and a DIY spool and you will have both heavy and light baits covered.


This. The Ray's spool makes for pretty good pitching spool too. I use mine with 16# flouro for the low weight of the spool for easier start up and the control of the Air Brake like mechcanisum. The thin inductor allows the spool to be more free than my Tatula SV or Alphas SV spools when pitching but still have a reasonable amount of control. I'm not sure how the spool will hold up to this kind of use considering that they are intended for finesse applications.


If they didn't honeycomb everything I'd try one myself.
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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby toddmc » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:02 am

poisonokie wrote:
LowRange wrote:
toddmc wrote:The OG Zillion is still the benchmark for durable easy palming aluminum framed baitcast reels. The only issue is that the 36mm spool doesn't have as many aftermarket options. The Ray's Studio DIY spool has helped this platform. Buy a used standard OG and a DIY spool and you will have both heavy and light baits covered.


This. The Ray's spool makes for pretty good pitching spool too. I use mine with 16# flouro for the low weight of the spool for easier start up and the control of the Air Brake like mechcanisum. The thin inductor allows the spool to be more free than my Tatula SV or Alphas SV spools when pitching but still have a reasonable amount of control. I'm not sure how the spool will hold up to this kind of use considering that they are intended for finesse applications.


If they didn't honeycomb everything I'd try one myself.

They do have a solid one without holes that I have pitched up some big fish with.
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Re: OG Zillion Variations

Postby nd1225 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:17 am

Trying to find a HLC spool, like a dang unicorn!!


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