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Old 05-04-2010, 12:02 PM
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Default Reel suggestions for a Sage Z-axis rod

So I bought my husband a fly rod to travel with - a Sage Z-Axis series, 590-4 (4 piece, 9 foot rod for a 5 weight line). Now I need to get a reel and I am overwhelmed. I was looking at a St. Croix Legend reel 5/6 weight on sale for $99 simply because it seemed like a great deal. But I wonder if I should get him a 4/5 weight instead since he already has a 5/6 weight Orvis reel...

I know this is a wide-open question, but I know very little about fly fishing equipment. So any suggestions regarding particular reels I should consider, or what to consider when choosing a 4/5 weight vs/ 5/6 weight reel would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-04-2010, 12:13 PM
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You already bought a Cadilac of a rod, so don't hang fuzzy dice from the mirror! I recommend a Lamson reel. I think the new Lamson Guru G2 is a good reel, and of course you can always get a Sage reel....say the 3850. Both are very light weight, and neither should break the bank.
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Hi sarah,

Welcome to NAFFF. Thanks for joining and I hope you or your husband become an active member.

To be honest there is no reason he can't use the same Orvis reel he now has. If it doesn't have a 5wt line on it you can buy just a spare spool from Orvis to fit his reel.

It is really hard to recommend a new reel with out knowing your budget. If you are looking for another good deal then you should consider the Allen Fly Fishing reel sold here on NAFFF with a special price for members.

If you have a higher budget there are many reels that would be appreciated by your husband. So if we know what you want to spend I am sure you will get a lot of good suggestions.

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Sarah, welcome to the forum.

As Frank suggested, let us know your budget, I'm sure folks will come up with good suggestions.

One thing i like to do with reels is to get duplicates, (assuming the rods have similar line weights) so that spools will be interchangeable from one reel to the other. In this case it would mean buying your husband the same model Orvis reel he has now (assuming he's happy with it). You might consider that as well.
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Abel TR2, Ross Evolution LT in size #2, and that's all I can think of. If you
are buying a line, Scientific Anglers GPX line works very well with the Z-Axis.
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Hi Sarah,
Nothing says "I love you" more than a fly reel. Well, that's what my girlfriend thinks. Her birthday is coming up, and she has been hinting at solid purple Abel Creek 2 large arbor reel ($385).

The reality is that there are a lot of good reels that would be good fits for a 5 weight Z-Axis. How much would you be willing to spend on a reel for him?

Here are some options.
Cost is not an object - Abel 5/6 QC ($625 and up depending on finish)
Cool looking with a Z-Axis - Galvan Spoke 5 ($335 w/olive spoke spool)
Just a darn reliable reel - Galvan OB-4 ($305)
Reel from a company with best customer service - Ross Evolution LT 2 ($275 - the olive color matches the Z-Axis nicely)
Sage reel to match Sage rod - Sage 4550 ($390)
Great bang for the buck - Lamson Guru ($189)
Goin' Old School - Hardy LRH Lightweight ($249)

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Welcome Sarah.
I fish a Galvan Torque-5 on that rod. Nice folks to deal with, and a drag that will gently stop a train. Ross reels fill the bill as well. The Orvis extra spool is a good approach. Price being no object, style being the object, the Able fish paint jobs are sweet.
As MP said matching green is very nice.
I'd shy away from too shiny. Don't want to spook'em before we catch'em.

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Why not go with a pflueger medalist? Time proven and in-expensive. A true classic. Been using them for years from brook trout to Atlantic salmon. They have never let me down.
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Sarah, you should know we all love to give a shout out to our favorite reels! But, just say no to a pawl drag. It's like drum brakes vs. disc brakes.
I prefer a silent drag when a fish is on (no sense advertising), the scream of the reel, isn't for me. Nor, can it have as subtle braking adjustments.
No offence meant to tightlines. It is an inexpensive and classic reel that's hard to wear out. I still have one.
But a state of the art rod (I think) deserves the same level of technology in the reel..
Esthetics and all..... then again, it just holds line, till you meet a big one.....

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Default Re: Reel suggestions for a Sage Z-axis rod

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Why not go with a pflueger medalist? Time proven and in-expensive. A true classic. Been using them for years from brook trout to Atlantic salmon. They have never let me down.
No to the Pflueger because it just doesn't do the rod justice. My short list would be:

Ross Evolution LT 2: $275.00
Lamson Litespeed 2: $299
Nautilus FW 5: $250

Several Places you can order from will offer free fly line with these reels up to $70.
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