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Old 02-11-2012, 03:23 AM
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What reel do you think would be a good match for a Z-Axis 8 weight? This will be used for Salmon, Pike, Musky, and Largemouth. I want a really good real that will last.
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There's so many choices but I'd suggest a Hardy Swift 975.
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I nearly asked the same question as you did, but for a Scott 10 wt.
I got a Lamson Litespeed 4 in 10/11 wt. It has a sealed conical drag that makes more sense than anything I've seen in fly reels. It is engineered by an engineering design company, not a tool shop with a CNC machine that makes cool/fancy trendy looking reels. I have been reading so many testimonials about Lamson reels. Aparently they will take some serious abuse and still give 110%.

Whatever you get, have fun and be safe.
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What about the Ross U.S.A. reels?
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I've never owned a Ross. I'm sure it's a fine reel though.
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It's just not a simple choice. I want it to be the right choice, and I prefer made in the U.S.A.
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What reel do you think would be a good match for a Z-Axis 8 weight? This will be used for Salmon, Pike, Musky, and Largemouth. I want a really good real that will last.
Abel Super 7. You can find them for around $400-$450 right now. Solid for that stick.

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Can pick up a LS 3.5 for $240 and LS 4 $280. One of the other threads pointed out this great deal. I was looking for LS 1.5 for a 4wt. I'm sure the Litespeed is Made in the USA, the Konic which is their entry reel may not be??
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I might stay away from an Abel if you are going to use one in the freezing temperatures of the Michigan UP during the winters. The cork drag can slip due to ice build up. Throughout the rest of the year, it would be awesome.

There are a lot of good reels out on the market. Here are a few:
Lamson Litespeed 3 (or 3x) - Others have mentioned it. I use one regularly on my 6 through 8 weights since 2003. The drag starts up smoothly and has plenty of range.

Galvan Torque 8 - Bomber tough. Great drag. I see more Torques on the rods of guides than any other model of reels here in California. One of my guide friends has first generation Torques that he still uses regularly. Even though the spool and frame are machined to the bajeeze, the reels can take a beating from bouncing around on a drift boat or panga. If you have questions on Galvans, contact Bigfly. He has Torques in his guide fleet.

Bauer Rogue 4 - I bought one because I never saw my Bauer rep so excited about a reel. It is silky smooth with a lot of braking power. I use it on one of my Steelhead rigs.

I am sure that others will add to your list.

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It will be used in freezing temps up here.
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