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deathwish 01-29-2013 05:40 PM

okuma helios 89 fly reel
are these any good? or would you go with lamson konik 3.5??? Trying to keep it at 150 or less for 8wt rod for atlantic salmon.

mi_trouter 01-29-2013 07:25 PM

Re: okuma helios 89 fly reel
Personally, I'd go with the Helios over the Konic. I think that the Helios has a better "fit & finish". Also seems a sturdier built reel. (Own or have owned both). I am a fan of Waterworks Lamson products, but not the Konic.

moucheur2003 01-30-2013 09:13 AM

Re: okuma helios 89 fly reel
If you prefer the Helios, just make sure it fits on your reel seat. I'm not familiar with the Helios, but the reel foot on some other Okuma reels is a little thicker than most.

I don't have the Konic 3.5, but I do have some Lamson Litespeed 3.5's and Velocities in other sizes. I like them, but all my Lamsons have a particularly wide spool. When I fish the Litespeed 3.5 for salmon I have to remember to watch how the line is settling back onto the spool during the retrieve, or it can build up unevenly and bind against the frame. If you're comparing the features of the Konic and Helios, and the overall spool capacity is similar, and you want to utilize the full backing capacity, one thing to consider is that a narrower spool will make it easier to reel in line without the spool binding up right at the end of your retrieve.

deathwish 01-30-2013 06:36 PM

Re: okuma helios 89 fly reel
Your right bought helios reel 89 and will not fit bvk I bought back to store I guess

baseman1 02-19-2013 08:51 PM

Re: okuma helios 89 fly reel
Did you get it from the boys at fredericton outfitters? I find they will treat you really well. You may want to look at the Pfluger reel they have as well. I use an Orivs Clearwater for my salmon reel and it is a dream of a reel.

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