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    Default Re: Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread

    How do you like that clearwater? I keep thinking about getting one of those.
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    Default Re: Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread

    So far I love it. I haven't hooked into a big fish yet with it though.
    John L.

    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" Lee Wulff

    “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” – Herbert Hoover

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    Default Re: Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread

    Couple of new reels to me. Sage 8080Pro and Abel Super 7.
    The 8080 Pro has 300m of 70lb braid and a 10WF SW line...not bad for an 8wt reel!!! Quality is pretty astounding (even for off shore-Korea) with a uber smooth drag which has an incredible range. looking forward to giving a go in Belize next month.


    The Super 7 has approx 200m of backing with a WF8 SW. I wanted a lighter reel to match the TFO BVK and Orvis Helios rods I have. I'll to wait and see if this experiment works! (maybe I should have got a Super 8!?)

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    Default Re: Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread

    some beauties you have there gerard
    good luck on your trip!

    casey


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    Gerard, You have two very fine new reels, interestingly, at opposed ends of the design spectrum. This is precisely what I do myself. Contrasting a sealed, multi disc stacked drag to a refined draw-bar, cork disc drag is something we all look forward to your report on. Each has its own specific merits and the permit and tarpon of Belize create a superb test environment. Where will you be fishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseywise View Post
    some beauties you have there gerard
    good luck on your trip!
    casey
    Casey, Thank you. Looking forward to it

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    Gerard, You have two very fine new reels, interestingly, at opposed ends of the design spectrum. This is precisely what I do myself. Contrasting a sealed, multi disc stacked drag to a refined draw-bar, cork disc drag is something we all look forward to your report on. Each has its own specific merits and the permit and tarpon of Belize create a superb test environment. Where will you be fishing?
    S&S
    Thanks. Yes I'm keen to see the differences too. I've never had a cork. draw bar before so it will be a new experience. The Sage was such a bargain I couldn't let it pass...I say that all the time... I kid myself my wife believes me, but she doesn't!
    I'm off to Turneffe Flats...so very much looking forward to it...only 6 weeks to go. Better get tying some more flies!
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    Regards Gerard

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    I fished out of Turneff Flats Lodge once several springs ago and loved it. I jumped tarpon every morning and had multiple shots at permit every day. Magnificent habitat except for the bonefish flats. I declined to fish for bonefish there though my wife caught many as they focus on the productive reef flats which are beautiful but rich in live branch corral which literally crunch beneath your boots...the preservationist in me can not do that and the angler in me, Bahamas experienced, need not fish for these little bones. But tailing permit fished from the bow of a skiff; now we are talking! We kept a brace of 8-weights rigged for bones, one #12 for tarpon which we shared, two #9's rigged with moderately weighted Enrico Puglisi crab flies and a 10-weight with a big heavy crab for deeper or strong tidal current flowing water. I caught most of my permit with the TCR 9-weight with a Sage reel that was a precursor to yours and hooked and lost the biggest of my life on the 10-weight. Approaching a fish spotted by our guide, a permit specialist, I would say, "9 or 10-weight?", one of my favorite questions I have ever asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    I fished out of Turneff Flats Lodge once several springs ago and loved it. I jumped tarpon every morning and had multiple shots at permit every day. Magnificent habitat except for the bonefish flats. I declined to fish for bonefish there though my wife caught many as they focus on the productive reef flats which are beautiful but rich in live branch corral which literally crunch beneath your boots...the preservationist in me can not do that and the angler in me, Bahamas experienced, need not fish for these little bones. But tailing permit fished from the bow of a skiff; now we are talking! We kept a brace of 8-weights rigged for bones, one #12 for tarpon which we shared, two #9's rigged with moderately weighted Enrico Puglisi crab flies and a 10-weight with a big heavy crab for deeper or strong tidal current flowing water. I caught most of my permit with the TCR 9-weight with a Sage reel that was a precursor to yours and hooked and lost the biggest of my life on the 10-weight. Approaching a fish spotted by our guide, a permit specialist, I would say, "9 or 10-weight?", one of my favorite questions I have ever asked.
    S&S

    Thanks for the heads up. I can see your point of view totally. last year in Los Roques I was not madly keen on walking on some of the flats they took us to for that very reason. Trying to explain it to the guides was interesting as they thought I was mad. Problem there is they don't use flat bottomed skiffs as we see in Mexico, Florida etc. They are "V" hull so not able to float over the shallows.
    I have 8 & 10wt rigs. But between us we could probably put the average retailer to shame gear wise....all the gear and no idea
    I'm going to have to learn to tie some of those E P crab flies, look great. What size did you find best?
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    Default Re: Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread

    not a great pic but i had to brag on the allen guys for their new alpha 3 reel! i own alpha 2's and the trout reel and i must say the alpha 3 looks and feels great! new anodizing process and flawless machining.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmbailes View Post
    Mista- is that an alpha 1 or 2???
    Not sure if you saw my other post, but it's not an Allen, even though those are some great guys. Another shot for you...




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