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    Default Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    As part of a package deal I ended up with a SA System 2 56L reel with some extra spools. I assume this is supposed to be a 5/6wt reel? Seems physically small & light compared to other 6/6 reels I have. 3 of the 4 lines on the spools are 4wt. Is this more of a 4 wt reel?
    How is the quality & durability on these reels?
    Vance in AK.

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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    yeah the sa system 2 reels are small for their size.
    i have owned a few from 11-4 wt. and (in the smaller weights,6 and under), went
    with a smaller than advised line size.
    i think a wf-4 line on that reel would work great
    great reels btw!


    casey


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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    The specs on the rod show:
    160 yds/WF4F
    130 yds WF5F
    110 yds WF6F

    and the info on the reel seems to say that only difference between the 45L and the 56L is the spool, allowing more backing:

    System™ 2L Model 56L
    Weighing slightly more than the 45L, the 56L has the backing capacity to handle larger trout. It's a great choice for all types of trout and panfish, and it will maintain its high performance for years.

    Hope this info helps!!
    ~ Put backing on your line... Even if you never use it, it helps you dream.

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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    Back in the day when standard arbor reels were the norm, outside reel diameters were rather small. The classic standard arbor outside diameter for a 5/6 reel measured under three inches. The outside diameter most modern 5/6 large arbor reels ranges from three and a quarter to three and a half inches. Since backing went further toward the spindle, it was common to have more than 100 yards of backing capacity. By today's standards, having more than 100 yards of backing on a 5/6 large arbor reel is considered overkill.

    In regards to the specs on the reel, it does not seem heavy. The simple thing is for you to put the reel on the rod and cast it few times. If the rod and reel balance is acceptable to you, you should not have any issues.

    Dennis

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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    Vance, I've got one of those and they're stout little reels. I assume yours has a disc drag in it? The drag is surprisingly effective. A buddy has one and he's landed small coho with it. You can easily fit 100 yards of #20 backing on it with a WF6 line.

    The old System 2s were made in England (by BFR I think?)--I have a 7/8 that was--but the later ones made in China are good too. A lot of guys use the bigger ones in the salt.

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    Thanks guys.
    Sounds like it will make a great little reel for a 4wt lake rod
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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    Quote Originally Posted by duker View Post
    . A lot of guys use the bigger ones in the salt.
    I have 3 of the System 2 reels. The regular ones not the "L" (light)
    They were the standard workhorse reel here in the northeast saltwater for many years. Everybody used them. I still do.
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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    i've always liked the looks of the old solid faced system 2's.
    probably make a great spey reel.


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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    I've got both the 45L and the 56L. Yes, the 56L is designed for a 5 or 6 line, and has adequate capacity for those, but if you want to put a 4 on it with a little extra backing there's no reason not to.

    They were one of the leading models of freshwater reels for many years and are very sturdy. The only thing you need to be careful of is keeping the exposed caliper brake clean. Don't let it get any sand or grit in it, or any lubricant on the brake pads.

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    Default Re: Scientific Angler System 2 reel questions

    Quote Originally Posted by moucheur2003 View Post
    They were one of the leading models of freshwater reels for many years and are very sturdy. The only thing you need to be careful of is keeping the exposed caliper brake clean. Don't let it get any sand or grit in it, or any lubricant on the brake pads.
    Just a addition, you do need to apply a touch of neadsfoot oil on the cork break at the end of season to keep them soft. ( neadsfoot, my spelling is lacking )

    Rick

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