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Old 04-26-2014, 07:00 PM
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Tim from Speyco is making some really, really nice reels with a classic look. He's certainly worth consideration, I've heard nothing but the very best of things about Speyco. A small one man operation who seems to be living the dream. I understand he's got technology now that gives his reels a leaded appearance.

Another classic Hardy worth your consideration is St. John, I'd bet it would also probably work well too. St. John is an underrated and overlooked reel with a stout drag for a Hardy click & pawl. They're also very affordable unless you're looking for the Duralumin reels. Those are exceptionally beautiful and very pricy!

This one is probably from the 70's, not that old yet, but a fine fishing reel.

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As for the Rage, give it a try. Give it more than a try, I'm very impressed with the versatility of it. I went to a salmon trip this fall with 3 heads, a Scandi, Skagit and Rage. I started with Rage and didn't see a reason to fish anything else. I was able to handle 8- 10' of T-10 and #4-6 streamers, tubes and intruder style flies tied on shanks without problems. Then again I didn't need to cast 60 feet of line either. It also handled plenty of lead and double nymphs just fine.
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Just too add to the list of reels for your consideration.
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I've handled these reels at a tying night at a local Guru's house and was impressed to say the least. He's(Olson) also a local fella. I told Mrs Fysh I'd love one of these as an Anniversary Gift sometime....still waiting.

The only downside I see with these reels is that he's usually atleast a year out. I understand Poppy @ The Red Shed usually has a few in stock.
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Man Jason that's just plain clean & nice. I probably should have one for that short Swift I got last year But then what would I do with the trusted reel that is with that rod now..... I've never owned the St. John so you are right in saying they are overlooked.
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My first 2hander was actually made of wood and they were called 'Greenhearts.' God were they heavy for a kid. No idea what the reel was but the line was silk and you had a lot of follow up to 'condition' that thing before and after fishing.

Mr. Cole's saw to it I did a good job of that as we sat in the tent at the mouth of the Bella Colla River. He would take (more than a few) 'a wee dram' and I'd have a cup of hot Coco (spell that right?)

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Ard, you really should consider a St. John. They seem to come up often enough and they're affordable considering you're talking about an out of production Hardy classic. The clean, simple design is what initially got me hooked on it but I've come to appreciate the narrow spool and stout drag on it after having fished it. It really growls when you have a fish on!

Look at it this way, it's not that you'll be replacing your go to reel for the Swift, a St. John would give you another place to put a different line or give you some variety
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God did I laugh when I read this! Even if you've been doing this for close to 60 years you will get "The whack in the back." Main cause of this is your rod tip is too straight up when you come forward in the cast. Thing needs to be canted off 5-10 degrees off your body.

An upstream wind will also 'take something from the party,' but that's casting practice to get used/over come that bit.
I'm new to spey...really, really new... but one pointer I picked up was to still use an old fly, wet, dry, steamer, or whatever you plan on using once you’re an accomplished 'speyer' because it simulates the proper weight at the end of the line helping to perfect your timing.

You just need to cut the hook of at the end of the straight portion.
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Once you switched you can't switch back. Congrats!
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