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    Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    You may wish to consider a Ross CLA, probably a size 5 for your 9 weight. Disc drag, palming rim, American made, bombproof.

    Scott

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    Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    Given your price range I would go with one reel. The orvis access V reel @ $185. This is a fully machined, 6061 bar-stock reel with 100% sealed drag. It's not easy finding a reel with these specifications for under $200. I have multiple access reels and they are simply amazing for the money. They come in titanium, black and gold colors. If I were you I would get the access V mid-arbor, its 6oz. and 4" in diameter, the largest size in the access product line rated for 9-11 weight. You may even be able to go a size down, the access IV for 7-9 weight $175, 3.5in in diameter weighing 5oz. Thats my recommendation for under $200.

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    Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    I've been loaned a fly reel to try by a certain customer-service oriented reel manufacturer. I should be able to make a good decision on a reel and not be so limited by price when I make my purchase later on.

    Thanks for all the input and great advice!!!

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    Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    I thought that I replied. Oooopps!

    If you choose a Lamson, the Konic II in the size 4 has the smaller drag assembly. Guru and higher end size 4 models have the larger drag assemblies. The larger unit gives a wider drag range.

    Dennis

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    Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    I would certainly suggest the Orvis over the Konic. Orvis are stronger and have amazing customer service.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by king joe View Post
    Whoa....you said you didn't want to spend a lot...then talk about the Kraken...and Konic II. Yikes, both are expensive.

    Read the post here about the Ebay Chinese reels. I'm just sayin'. The report there seems pretty favourable....and cheap.

    King Joe Outa Here!
    For a salmon reel, IMHO the Konics are the best buy. Don't want to go too cheap and risk losing a fish of a lifetime...

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  12. Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    Cla are all you need, no lubing and they take a beating. Ive got a cla 2 & 7, both used in salt water only and never an issue.

    Sent from my SGH-I547C using Tapatalk 4

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    Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    If you've looked at the Allen's, don't rule out the Alpha III 3. I've stopped bones up to 12# with it in Hawaii. Drag starts up instantly and is very smooth. With an 8 or 9 line it holds a ton of backing. I wouldn't hesitate to take it for salmon. A good reel at a good price.

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    Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by fr8dog View Post
    If you've looked at the Allen's, don't rule out the Alpha III 3. I've stopped bones up to 12# with it in Hawaii. Drag starts up instantly and is very smooth. With an 8 or 9 line it holds a ton of backing. I wouldn't hesitate to take it for salmon. A good reel at a good price.
    I'm going to be using a prototype reel from Allen that Justin loaned me. I will probably be going with an Allen when I buy one. Justin has pretty much convinced me with this reel and his personal interest in my success that Allen is the company to go with in this instance.

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  16. Default Re: Reel for Salmon Fishing

    You can land big GL Salmon with a click and pawl reel, this fish came on a 1980's Hardy Bougle IV this august. Having said that in your price range I'd recommend a Lamson Guru.


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