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    Default Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    Looking for a reel to go with my $40 on sale Cabelas TLr 13' 8wt rod. Going to be used mostly on the Milwaukee and Root rivers during the fall run (for now anyway). I'm thinking of picking up either a Okuma SLV or Integrity 10/11... leaning towards the Integrity at the moment. I've got the SLV on my single handed 8wt and like it well enough (other than a slight paranoia that I'll lose the drag adjustment knob). Any compelling reason to choose one over the other? Anything else I should be considering... keeping in mind that I can get either of them for less then $50.

    Also wondering if there's a really compelling reason to use #30 or #35 backing rather than the #20 that I have a bunch of. I figure even with #20 the tippet is still going to be the weakest link by a fair bit.

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

    Unless you are fishing for very large fish there is no reason not to use 20lb. backing. The heavier stuff has a larger diameter so it takes less to fill in the spool.
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    Default Re: Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    yeah, 20 lb. backing should be fine for your area.
    as far as a cheap reel, whats your budget"
    your gonna want something with some weight to it.
    an old system 2 10/11 comes to mind

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    I guess my budget is pretty much as cheap as possible to get the job done at the moment. Since I pretty much bought the rod on a whim I don't want to spend too much to get it up and running. I'm also not in a particular hurry. I can get either of those Okumas for about $45... I'll watch ebay to see what comes up... System 2s, J.W. Youngs and maybe a few other things.

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    Problem isn't the reel, its the spey line itself. $150 for the Rio Skagit setup with the MOW tips...ouch!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    Problem isn't the reel, its the spey line itself. $150 for the Rio Skagit setup with the MOW tips...ouch!
    Exactly.

    "Also wondering if there's a really compelling reason to use #30 or #35 backing rather than the #20 that I have a bunch of. I figure even with #20 the tippet is still going to be the weakest link by a fair bit. "

    Wrong call on the 20# backing! The internal of an 8wt line will usually be right at 25 to 30#'s so you need backing that's at least as heavy. You've got no bit deal if you hang up your leader, but you do have a very big deal if you hang up any part of your fly line.
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    Default Re: Cheap reel for my cheap Spey set-up

    I bought a second hand but unused Medalist 1598 with an extra spool for $20
    I think that you'll find quite a few of them around even though they're no longer made.
    The SA System 2 reels aren't made any longer either but even still they're a little more pricy. My 10/11 was $100.

    Don't confuse "cheap" with "inexpensive". "Cheap" is not going to hold up.
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    Right, that's part of the "as cheap as possible to get the job done," obviously a piece of junk that won't work and doesn't have a decent drag won't get the job done.

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    Well, I got a line. SA Mastery Skagit Extreme integrated 600gr, that'll get me going. Now I just need something to wrap it around.

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

    +1 on the 1598.
    solid reels!


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