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Old 01-22-2015, 07:43 PM
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Default Kraken XLA 4 or 5 for 14'3" CND Solstice

I'm about to start building the above mentioned rod. My line is a Ballistic Spey Vector Series 8/9 570 Grains. I know a heavy reel is recommended to balance two handed rods, but unless some one convinces me otherwise, I'm going with the Kraken XLA. My question is, should I get the 4 (recommended for 500 - 600 grain lines), which seems suitable for my line, or go with the 5 (recommended for 600 - 1000 grain lines) for the extra oz. of weight it has? Also bear in mind that this reel will be my big game saltwater reel (if I ever get to go). So, given my situation, which would you recommend? Any personal experience with either of those reels in either of those situations?

FYI, either of these reels will be the largest reel I have. Comparably though, I have the Lamson Konic 4.0 for 9/10 weights, the Sage 1880 for 7-9 weights and the regular Kraken 3 for 7-9 weights.


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