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Old 12-17-2011, 06:58 PM
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Default On the lookout for a new 3 wt reel

I just bought a new 3wt 7'6 Xa from Allen, and i'm gonna need a reel for the sucker.

I'm inclined to go with Click-Pawl style, but have been looking at an Airflo Balance 3/5 on a site from UK at a pretty reasonable price.

I would not be above buying an older second hand reel if it was in good nick and not overly expensive.

comments, suggestions and offers of reels for sale are very welcome.

many thanks

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Old 12-17-2011, 07:01 PM
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I think that Albright Fly Fishing's Topwater 3/4 wt reel is a click and pawl style and is on sale right now too.
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Default Re: On the lookout for a new 3 wt reel

Hardy Uniqua. At the bottom of the page. Can't beat this deal.
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Is the Hardy Uniqua a machined or cast reel? Nice looking reel.
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For the money, I like the Redington Drift 2/3 reel for a 7'6" rod.
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Default Re: On the lookout for a new 3 wt reel

stick with allen. the allen alpha 3/4 is a fine reel that would sit fine on your rod

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Default Re: On the lookout for a new 3 wt reel

I recently went through the buying process for a reel to complement my 2wt rod. I ended up with two - A used Orvis CFO 123disc (made in England era) & the new Cortland Retro 1. I will post some pictures / review on these shortly.

I love them both and would choose one based on your budget, drag preference etc. The Cortland Retro is a click & pawl reel with terrific machining / finish / sound. Being new, you can still have the warranty in case of any issues.

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Default Re: On the lookout for a new 3 wt reel

I've owned some more expensive reels and had no problems with them, but I seem to end up with an Okuma SLV 2/3 on my 3wt rods. Right now I have 2 3wts in the rack and both are paired with the SLV at this moment.
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Default Re: On the lookout for a new 3 wt reel

My favorite small line reel is my Bauer MSL .5, small and light with a smooth as silk drag.
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Default Re: On the lookout for a new 3 wt reel

I have a few 3 wts., since the majority of my fishing used to be in small mountain headwaters looking for Brookies.

There are two reels that I use on all of them. One is Hardy Featherweight and the other is an Abel Creek 1 large arbor. I think that both reels are well-suited to a 3 wt. rod.

I have also tried a Sage Click III and I liked it.

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