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Old 11-21-2011, 09:58 PM
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Default Reel for TFO BVK 8 wt

I'm picking up a BVK 8 wt next week and am looking for input/recommendations on what reel to pair with it. Will be my go to for everything from LMB and SMB from the kayak to stripers from my buddies boat (and bonefish .... Much less regularly).

Any other info is greatly appreciated (line - float & sink tip, etc.)

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Old 11-21-2011, 11:03 PM
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I have a Lamson ULA Force LT 3x on my BVK 8wt. That's a whole lotta acronyms but not much weight.

It's not the prettiest reel, but it works for me!
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Default Re: Reel for TFO BVK 8 wt

i have a Lamson Litespeed 3.5x (2012 model) in the mail for the 8wt BVK. i love everything about the latest Litespeed reels. i have a pretty good idea where the balance point will be with the 3.5x. the 3x was a little too light on the 8wt and made the outfit a little tip-heavy.
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Personally, I prefer the Okuma Integrity 7/8. Awesome drag system IMO
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Default Re: Reel for TFO BVK 8 wt

The Ross Evolution LT #4 would likely balance it quite well.

I wouldn't recommend overlining that rod, but a half heavy line should accentuate its shooting talents. For Bass, SA's Mastery Textured Magnum/Titan would be ideal.
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Default Re: Reel for TFO BVK 8 wt

Do you recommend a sealed drag system for salt water application?
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Sealed drag systems are great for saltwater due to little or no maintenance. But some will use traditional draw bar and cork drag reels due to reliability. Maintenance is involved, but those who own these types of reels don't mind.

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I am with MP on this. Go to a Bahamian bonefish lodge and the majority of rods on the rack will be mounted with Abels and Tibors. They are bullet proof reliable, strong and USER MAINTAINABLE. Nothing wrong with sealed drags and they are undoubtably growing in popularity and acceptance. I have been using a Hatch (along with my draw-bars) and it has been great and I have a new sealed drag reel that I will use in the Bahamas in a couple of weeks. But if something goes awry with a sealed drag you have to go to your back-up reel.

Since reels in the salt, particularly when wading, do accidently get dunked now and then and must be taken appart and rinsed, if you go with a sealed drag select one that is truely sealed. If removing the spool exposes the drag assembly or it actuating bearing to contamination then it is not "sealed".
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I am with MP on this. Go to a Bahamian bonefish lodge and the majority of rods on the rack will be mounted with Abels and Tibors. They are bullet proof reliable, strong and USER MAINTAINABLE. Nothing wrong with sealed drags and they are undoubtably growing in popularity and acceptance. I have been using a Hatch (along with my draw-bars) and it has been great and I have a new sealed drag reel that I will use in the Bahamas in a couple of weeks. But if something goes awry with a sealed drag you have to go to your back-up reel.

Since reels in the salt, particularly when wading, do accidently get dunked now and then and must be taken appart and rinsed, if you go with a sealed drag select one that is truely sealed. If removing the spool exposes the drag assembly or it actuating bearing to contamination then it is not "sealed".
Not to mention a one-way bearing frozen to the spool for life. I love my draw bars but if you skip that yearly tear down and clean up you will pay for it.
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I am with MP on this. Go to a Bahamian bonefish lodge and the majority of rods on the rack will be mounted with Abels and Tibors. They are bullet proof reliable, strong and USER MAINTAINABLE. Nothing wrong with sealed drags and they are undoubtably growing in popularity and acceptance. I have been using a Hatch (along with my draw-bars) and it has been great and I have a new sealed drag reel that I will use in the Bahamas in a couple of weeks. But if something goes awry with a sealed drag you have to go to your back-up reel.

Since reels in the salt, particularly when wading, do accidently get dunked now and then and must be taken appart and rinsed, if you go with a sealed drag select one that is truely sealed. If removing the spool exposes the drag assembly or it actuating bearing to contamination then it is not "sealed".
What are some truely sealed models out there? I was looking at at Ross Evo LT, Lamson Litespeed & ULA, Bauer Rogue, Galvan Torque, Orvis Mirage ..... the Tibor and Abel reels i looked up were a bit out of the price range I'm looking at.

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