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    Default Re: Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    Quote Originally Posted by caseywise View Post
    +1 on the 1598.
    solid reels!
    There's 3 for sale now, "you know where"
    A 1498DA, a 1498CJ, and a 1598RC.
    Surprisingly the 1598 currently has the highest bid
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    I searched for 1598s last night and this morning and didn't see any... is a 1498 likely big enough?

    ---------- Post added at 09:19 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:16 AM ----------

    Also, I strapped my biggest real on there last night (my Okuma 7/8) and added weight until it felt reasonably balanced, that seemed to come at a total weight of about 14.75 oz. Are any of these things going to be anywhere near that heavy when rigged up?

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    Default Re: Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    The 1498 and the 1598 are basically the same except the 1500 series have an exposed rim. The spools are interchangeable.
    I use my 1598 for my 11wt lines....

    That 1598 that's for sale "over there" is mistakenly called a 1498 in the ad. You'd have to look to know the difference.
    I like traditional look of the 1400s better anyway and if you modify the reel like I did to a couple of mine, the rim control isn't missed.



    ---------- Post added at 12:01 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:30 AM ----------

    There's a mistake on the CJ too
    The ad says its a 1498..... it's really a 1494
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    I use the 1498's and a 1496. I bought most of them for around $30.00 and sometimes they had extra spools. They work just fine for my spey rods but they are a little on the light side for balancing my rods. I have had no problems with the drags either. All of my single hand rods I use left hand wind reels but most of my Pfluegers are right hand wind. That took a little getting used to, but now I have no problem reeling with either hand. I use 30# backing, Varivas AIRS 36# running line, and Skagit flights up to 600gr. Here in the Great lakes the fish just don't have enough room to run real far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lake flyer View Post
    most of my Pfluegers are right hand wind. That took a little getting used to, but now I have no problem reeling with either hand.
    With only a little effort, it's easy to switch from left to right or vice versa with all of the Medalist reels except the 1492 and the 1492 1/2 models
    I could help if you want...... I have no problem with either hand myself... either
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    I'm in the same boat and considering an Okuma Sierra 10/11.

    I know the Okuma Sierra has a good reputation, but any ideas if it's heavy enough to balance the rod? Listed weight is 6 oz.

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    I'm still hemming and hawwing a bit... I've seen the Sierra listed at only 6.0 oz for the 10/11 while the Integrity is listed at 8.5 and the SLV is listed at 9.7 oz.

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    Default Re: Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    I'm still hemming and hawwing a bit... I've seen the Sierra listed at only 6.0 oz for the 10/11 while the Integrity is listed at 8.5 and the SLV is listed at 9.7 oz.
    Don't know if it makes any difference to you or not, but both the Integrity & SLV are large arbor reels, while the Sierra is not.

    I own several Integrity & Sierra reels, and IMO, for the price they're very good reels. I don't have any experience with the SLV's however.
    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

  9. Default Re: Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    Okuma Cascade, a large arbor, and the extra spools are only 10 bucks.

    Randy

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    Default Re: Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    I've picked up some South Bend 1155's very cheap on ebay. They seem to balance well on my TLR, Echo and Deer Creek

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