11-07-2009, 10:57 AM
Re: Sage Z-axis 7110 v 8110 reel choice
Originally Posted by oddurthorri
any of you possess either one of these Zīs?
Seriously considering taking the plunge for a lighter Atlantic salmon switch for smaller Icelandic rivers.
I saw some reel recommendations for the 8110, those were:
Ross Momentum 5 (500$)
Tibor Everglade (640$)
Sage 3500D (600$+)
These will probably do very fine, but a little out of my price range.
I have a Lamson Konic 3.5 (wf 7,8) but as some of you know the Z switches donīt conform to WF standards. I will probably go for a Rio skagit short, somewhere between 350-425 gr., do you think my Konic will hold it, or will I need a bigger reel?
Would consider reels around 300$.
The recommended Skagit Short line for a Sage 7110-4 is the 375 grain size. You can fit that onto a Lamson Konic 3.5, but you will not have much room for 20 pound dacron backing. What you can do is use 30 pound gel spun backing instead.
If you are considering the 8110-4 switch rod, you may want to look at the Lamson Konic 4. That will fit a 425 grain Rio Skagit Short line. I would still use 30 pound gel spun backing.
Another option for reels is the Lamson Guru in the same sizes. The capacities are nearly identical to the Konics, but they are fully machined from barstock aluminum and have nicer finishes. I believe you will be spending under $250 for each reel in their respective sizes.