Reel Advice for a 6/7 Switch Rod

Insider442

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I have an opportunity to pick up an 11' 6/7 wt Hardy Switch rod from a friend. Any suggestions for an appropriate reel for fishing Steelhead, without breaking the bank?

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So-o-o-o many possible answers here, but I'll bite.

You say "without breaking the bank", but what's your price range? You can spend around $200 to get a decent reel either on sale or discontinued that will suit your purpose; if you're willing to spend more (not necessarily lots more) you can get better quality, made in the USA/Canada, fancier looks, etc. As a start, for low cost disc drag reels check out Echo's reels, Redington Behemoth, Taylor's lower cost options. Danielsson reels, available direct from the manufacturer in Sweden, are incredibly reasonably priced incredibly well-made reels. Used reels are also an option--check this forum's classifieds.

What size of steelhead are you going for? What line/head set-up? Are you comfortable using a gear and pawl reel? If so, to keep with the Hardy tradition, I'd suggest a Marquis Salmon 1. Maybe a little bit big/heavy for that rod, but a nice classic clicker that lots of steelheaders use on their two-handers. Relatively easy to find used and for reasonable prices. If that's too big look for a used Marquis 8/9.

Finally, do a search of the forum if you haven't already for threads about reels and especially "low cost reels"--there are thousands of them, regarding reels of all brands, costs, and applications, and full of lots of helpful info.
 

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Seeing it's a Hardy rod I really like Dukers Hardy Marquis 1 selection. If you want a disc drag instead of click and pawl look around, I recently purchased two new Hardy Ultralite CA DD reels on closeout I bought a 9000 series and a 7000 series. Both reels were new/closeout and cost under $200 and they normally sell for much more.

If the $200 range is too high for you there are many reels that will work ok including many very inexpensive reels for around $100 like the Lamson Liquid or Redington Behemoth or the Orvis Battenkill series. But you get what you pay for.

Some places to shop used reels that I checkout once in awhile...
http://www.classicflyfisherman.com/MISC_REELS.htm
http://www.wagnerrods.com/vintage.html
http://www.ricksrods.com/reels.asp
 

Insider442

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Seeing it's a Hardy rod I really like Dukers Hardy Marquis 1 selection. If you want a disc drag instead of click and pawl look around, I recently purchased two new Hardy Ultralite CA DD reels on closeout I bought a 9000 series and a 7000 series. Both reels were new/closeout and cost under $200 and they normally sell for much more.

If the $200 range is too high for you there are many reels that will work ok including many very inexpensive reels for around $100 like the Lamson Liquid or Redington Behemoth or the Orvis Battenkill series. But you get what you pay for.

Some places to shop used reels that I checkout once in awhile...
http://www.classicflyfisherman.com/MISC_REELS.htm
http://www.wagnerrods.com/vintage.html
http://www.ricksrods.com/reels.asp
Ironically, I actually just found a Hardy Ultralite CA DD 9000 reel yesterday at a great price. Looking forward to time on the river now. Thanks again!

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