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Old 11-25-2012, 05:09 PM
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Thank you all for the recommendations. I'll be researching them this evening. I chose the 8wt rod because we have some monster bass in central Florida, and I'll be saltwater fishin as well. Usually catch reds, sea trout, grouper, snook, etc. So I'd like to have the heft of a #8 rod. I wouldn't mind a smaller rod for small bass and pan fish. But I can only afford one set up. And I don't wanna break stuff while reeling in a huge red. Please keep the info coming. Thanks all.
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Check fly shop closeouts. They have the Orvis Hydros Large Arbor IV 7/8wt on sale for $205.
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I'll check that out. Thanks.
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I am really happy with my Ross CLA 4, it's a sweet reel and reviews say it stands up well when put to the test, even to screaming bonefish runs. Here are some on sale for $175, looks like

Ross CLA Fly Reels at FishUSA.com - America's Tackle Shop

Ross makes legit products, I have 5 of their reels. Noticed Lamson Konic was mentioned on here too, I have one of those and love it but was told hat the CLA is much more hassle-proof in the salt, FWIW
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I would look for a reel with a sealed drag if you go into salt. Wright & Mcgill Sabalos 7/8 or Lamsom guru 3,Sage 2000 series these are all good reels in your pricepoint. Just make sure to rinse your reel with freshwater after use. Having a sealed drag you dont have to worry about sand or grit getting into the sealed housing.
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I agree, Lamson Konic would be a good choice. They're on sale at Cabela's right now, the model you'd probably get for bass (#3 I believe) is on sale for less than $100. Great value.

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may wanna check these-
Kraken Reel Series - Allen Fly Fishing Store
solid gear!

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I think I've made up my mind. Kraken, it is. Thanks everyone. If I know myself well, I'm sure I'll have several different reels before long. Lol.
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Check fly shop closeouts. They have the Orvis Hydros Large Arbor IV 7/8wt on sale for $205.
That's just standard Orvis pricing. Orvis is offering a $50 discount on all the Hydros reels through Dec 26 at their own website too. But FSC does have a decent discount on those Lamson Konics.
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Would a 9 wt work for both bass and saltwater you want to use it in?


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Would a 9 wt work for both bass and saltwater you want to use it in?


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I think it's a matter of preference and what kind of fishing you'll do most. A 9 would work for both, but might be more rod than you need for freshwater bass. In particular, it would be harder to lob deer hair poppers with a stiff saltwater 9 wt rod designed for shooting lots of line, and the heavier rod is more wearying to cast all day. On the other hand, an 8 is just right for bass and would be great too for a lot of inshore saltwater situations, but might not handle heavy wind and/or 30+ lb stripers or reds as easily.

Update: I just realized I was answering as if the question were about 9 wt rods, not reels. The original post was about rods, but the conversation had drifted over to reels. Lots of reels can handle both 8 and 9 weight lines -- just get one rated for both and get an extra spool.

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