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Old 07-30-2011, 09:56 PM
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Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

I spoke with one of the Okuma techs in CA a few years ago, and he told me he fishes an SLV in saltwater. He said to let it soak for a few minutes in freshwater, and then give it a good rinse. I've owned SLV reels for years, and they've never failed. The clicker is the metal ball on a spring inside the drag cap. It can beremoved without effecting the reel's drag system. I've found that mine click during retrieve if the drag is set very light. I've heard the same thing about other reels from different manufacturers, but it's not biggie.
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I haven't used one.....but I did look at them seriously recently. I ended up doing the Redington Pursuit for $60 and really love that one. However, the Okuma is one that a lot of guys around here (St Pete) use, and I've seen them on Amazon for as low as about $21. How can you go wrong with that? It has a good reputation is all I know.
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Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

so looking at the reel and online it says "140/20, 145/20, 150/30, 170/30, 50/12, 95/12" which one is a 9wt reel? haha
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so looking at the reel and online it says "140/20, 145/20, 150/30, 170/30, 50/12, 95/12" which one is a 9wt reel? haha
150 yds of 30 lb braid backing shoult be fine for a 9wt outfit
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so looking at the reel and online it says "140/20, 145/20, 150/30, 170/30, 50/12, 95/12" which one is a 9wt reel? haha
I saw the same thing, its confusing to me as well. Makes no sense why they don't have them listed by line weight or model numbers. I guess the person that did all the write ups for them didn't know a whole lot about fly fishing gear.
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Default Re: saltwater reel, okuma slv?

Hope this helps
Okuma SLV Fly Reel Specifications
Model SLV-23 SLV-45 SLV-56 SLV-78 SLV-89 SLV-1011
Line Weight 2/3 wt. 4/5 wt. 5/6 wt. 7/8 wt. 8/9 wt. 10/11 wt.
Weight 4.5 4.8 5.3 5.5 6.1 9.7
Line Retrieve 8" 9" 10" 11" 12" 13"
Fly Line
Capacity WF2,
50 yds./12 lbs. WF4
95 yds./12 lbs. WF5
140 yds./20 lbs. WF7
145 yds./20 lbs. WF8
150 yds./30 lbs. WF10
520 yds./30 lbs.
Frame & Spool AL AL AL AL AL AL
Spool Width 22mm 24mm 28mm 31mm 34mm 40mm
Spool Diam. 66mm 75mm 82mm 88mm 95mm 114mm
If you are wanting a 8/9 wt. then the SLV-89 is what you want to look at.
This info is on the fishusa web site.
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