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Old 11-27-2011, 09:53 AM
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Frank,

Excellent informative write up on the Galvan Rush you posted in Gear Reviews, I just noticed this today. Thanks for giving me something to chew on while sipping my coffee this AM.

So there are 2 versions of the Rush Reel if I'm reading and researching correctly. The Rush and the Rush LT--the difference being the 3 spoke frame much like the OB Series versus the cut out frame on the original Rush.

Assuming Leland has the specs for the Rush Series on their website from Galvan vs. the specs from Galvan's website on the RLT...


What's interesting is the reported differences in weight. The R4 is listed at 4.9oz and the R4LT is listed at 4.8--same width on the spool.

The R8 on the other hand gets a more noticeable difference in weight. R8 @ 8.0oz, R8LT 7.6oz.

I kind of like the aesthetics of the original Rush (especially on closeout!), as you mentioned. However, for larger rigs, such as a 7, 8, 9 for Salmon/Steelies I would think the modest weight reduction of the RLT series might win me over. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or buy either version. I really liked Mosca's comment in another thread about how they put their soul into their reels. The Galvan family makes wonderful products and stands behind them.
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Default Re: Galvan Rush: Drag Question

The Galvans have done right by me.
Tech tip, the R-8 spool is interchangeable with the T-8. Same drag..

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I was able to catch two stocked rainbows (Whoppee... ), but didn't need to get either fish on the reels: 3X tippet with a #10 Wooly Bugger.
Sorry to ask such a noob question, but what does it mean when you say you didn't need to get either fish on the reels?
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Sorry to ask such a noob question, but what does it mean when you say you didn't need to get either fish on the reels?
The only stupid questions are the ones not asked Quimby. No worries, we've all got to learn one way or another right?

What Frank means is that he didn't have to fight the fish by using the drag on the reels. Probably just a few turns to get the line in and a little bit of leverage of the rod is all it took. Smaller fish rarely require the need to lock down the drag to prevent them from making a run and ripping out line. Hope that helps explain your question.
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Quimby, if you hook up with a big fish, and you have slack line lying around, it may tangle up on a fast run and you'll lose the fish (A loop of line can catch the reel handle, or rod butt very easily). So, anytime it's a fish too big to just strip in, you get it on the reel toot-sweet. I have my drag set a little loose to start with, so start up force doesn't break the leader. I tighten up the drag as needed during the fishes run. You could figure this out over time, but it's better to ask...

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Default Re: Galvan Rush: Drag Question

For what its worth, I have a Galvan Rush 3 on a little 2/3 weight rod I bought this fall. It is only the second fly reel I ever bought. My first reel was/is an Orvis Batenkill that I bought for like $80. The Orvis is fine and does the job.

My Galvan blows the Battenkill out of the water. I realize the Galvan is a $220 reel and it might not be a fair comparison but I wish someone had given me a good quality reel, like my Galvan, to check out before I wasted $80. I simply never knew what a night and day difference there is between entry level fly reels and well crafted, machined reels. Seriously, I could put that Galvan under my pillow every night. Using my Battenkill now feels like i am winding a string around a rock compared to the Galvan.

I haven't had the Galvan long enough to comment on its durability but it appears very well made and the drag on mine is like butter. I like the feel of the subtle indexing on the drag knob. It is still infinitely adjustable and gives me the feeling of confidence that it won't inadvertently loosen or unscrew. I also can't compare it to some of the famously elite reels but I honestly have a hard time imagining that they would be so much better as to warrant the price jump. Just my 2 cents.

Just so there is no confusion, I have no connection with Galvan...I am just happy to pass on some information from my experience.
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I have a pair of Galvin Torques on the shelf and I've been pretty with them so far (only two seasons). I'm a little bias when it comes to anything under a 7wt reel. The machining, finish, and drags are nice but I can honestly say I've never really had to test the drag on anything below a 7. The only time I even worry about a drag is when I'm targeting 20+lb fish. That task is left to my 8wts and better. Ocassionally I'll fish a 7wt if wind permits but most of my 3-6wt reels are just basic line holders.
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Yvonne and I have used the drag on 4 and 5 weight rods quite a bit. We are avid bluegill anglers during the summer months (when smallmouth fishing gets slow), but sometimes a beat comes along...
20"+ Catfish caught in a fast moving stream on a 4wt rod:
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Yvonne caught another catfish the next day, only it was slightly larger. I definitely cranked down the drag on both fish.

I was fishing a 4wt for little smallmouth, and caught this guy in the same fast moving stream:
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That was in July, and that stream has a lot of pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass, green bass, channel cats, and big and small smallmouth. I could use a 5/6wt in case a 16" snmallmouth takes my #12 bugger, but most of the time we're catching fish under 12 inches.

Fishing for stocked trout (10-12"), I hooked into this beast with a 5wt:
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I was VERY grateful to have my Galvan OB-4 and its drag to tame that beast!
I hadn't been able to catch anything that afternoon, and went to a spot where I knew there might be crappie. Surprise!!!

April 7, 2009: I was fishing for stocked trout, and caught this on my 5wt.
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I was using a little Wooly Bugger on 4X tippet, and that fish made several runs. The drag was used.

Earlier that year, I was fishing the local stream to see if the bluegill were biting. Mt #10 Green Weenie made an abrupt stop, and then line began peeling of my Orvis BBS III's reel. After several LONG runs, I landed this channel cat on a 4wt with 4X tippet:
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I had a click/pawl reel and a 4wt rod in hand just before hurricane whatever hit during the first week of September this year. I wanted to fish my favorite stream, and hoped to catch a few decent smallmouth (10-12"). I was using a #12 Wooly Bugger, and caught was having fun catching pumpkinseed. My line was jerked with that all too familiar way a good smallmouth takes a fly, and a battle royale began. The stream narrows in this section from 200 feet down to 30 feet, and creates quite a stiff current. The smallmouth immediately peeled off all the line it wanted, but I finally got my palm on the spool rim. Getting line back on the reel was tough, and that fish made several brutal runs. Having a soft 4wt rod didn't help much when trying to turn the fish, and I had to make sure it didn't get into that narrow whitewater stretch. I was using 3X tippet, so I wasn't too afraid of breaking him off by palming, but palming was made difficult due to me chasing the fish in fast deep water, and that looming chute just 10 yards downstream. I was able to get the smallmouth to within 15 feet of my rod tip, and it was bigger than anything I've ever seen in person! It was moving downstream, and when it was just a few feet from that whitewater chute, I simply grapped the rod's handle. The fish jumped like a tarpon, flopped onto its back, and spit the hook. I was convinced that if I had a real drag system, I could have focused more on keeping the fish out of the current, and landed it. Having caught several smallmouth in the 16 and 17 inch range, I can assure you that this beast was well over 20 inches. A true trophy, and not something we see too often in Pennsylvania. The water rose 18 feet during the hurricane, and when the flood subsided, I went back armed with 5 and 6 wt rods, and a disc drag reel. While I did catch a decent number of 10-12 inch smallmouth, the beast was nowhere to be found. The fight lasted for what seemed like an hour, and just being able to battle that fine fish was something I won't forget for years.
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I really liked Mosca's comment in another thread about how they put their soul into their reels. The Galvan family makes wonderful products and stands behind them.
Jaybo41: I couldn't agree more. A couple years ago I bought a user Galvan OB-5 reel off EBay and about six months later the drag started sticking and I was having issues with the drag adjustment. I called Galvan, told them about the problem and that I had bought the reel used off EBay. They said send it in, which I did, fully expecting to pay for the service. When the reel came back repaired, there was no charge. I'm definitely impressed with Galvan's customer service!
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