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Old 08-19-2011, 01:21 PM
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Default My latest acquisition- LOOP 3W

Since the 90s when these carried the Sage name to the Loop days and now Dainelsson I have loved these reels. One of the first, if not "the" first large arbor reels, these have a drag that is little more that over run control, palming rim and the spool is suspended on six sealed bearings. The workmanship in terms of machining and finish is on par with any of my Abels, and in my opinion the cool factor makes these reels timeless. I picked this one up on eBay for a great price and I don't think it has ever even had a line spooled on it.

My previous model was the Sage 707 that served me for close to twenty years. This model is the Loop badged 3W which is comparable to the Sage 709 with a tad wider spool- hence the "W". According to Loop, the 3W is best fitted to rods from 7 to perhaps a 10wt. I don't completely agree as these are very light reels and the may make a ten weight a tad tip heavy. As a point of reference, this reel will go on my Sage RPL 9' 2 piece 7wt, a rod that weighs in at 3 1/8th oz. The Loop replaces a Sage/Lamson LP3 and even though the Lamson was the fully perforated model, the Loop is about a half oz lighter. Paired with the classic Sage RPL this reel makes a dream large trout or light steelhead rod. In fact it would be a fun bonefish weapon as well considering the miles of backing capacity.

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Nice reel.


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