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    Is there a Spey Reel that will work for 7, 8, and 9 weight rods? The more I read on Spey equipment, the more confusing it's starting to sound. I have a Scott T3H, 12ft. 8in. on order in 7 weight that I'm hoping I'll be able to use a Abel Super 7/8N on. If not, I'll still use the reel on my Radian 7wt., but will look at larger reels. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. I would like to use a Abel or Sage reel made in the U.S.A. if possible. Thanks.

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    I am about to get into the spey world myself, and will be purchasing a 13 ft 7wt and reel here soon. While my buddies who have been at the spey game a long time all recommend different rods, they all love the Abel Spey reel. It's bomb proof and the proper weight to balance a 13ft rod.

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    SpeyCo 4" Skagit Spey Reels

    or if you got cash to burn .....

    Saracione


    or I went with this on my 13' 7 wt. will hold both Scandi & Skagit .....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Teton-9-11-F...item1c53049cdd

    I just replaced it with a Teton Spey Specialist 12 SA I found NIB....

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    Don't get carried away with how big a reel you need. Typical single handed line is 90 feet, a spey line will be 120 (some up to 150) but the odds of you seeing either going out your rod tip is close to zilch. Line and 100-150 yards of 30 pound backing is more than enough.

    Average fishing cast will be 45 to 60 feet (skip all the vid's you see-total BS); most fish you might hook are going to be 30-40 feet from your toes. Line stops ... you feel the 'thump' of a tail ... GAME ON!

    fae
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    That Teton 9/11 will hold 150 plus yards of #30 , sounds like it will do the job for 100 bucks or so ....I wouldn't mind having a Saracione thou ....

    Hey Fred , what do you think of using a SH 906 for steelhead in the 6 to 10 lb range ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastfly66 View Post
    That Teton 9/11 will hold 150 plus yards of #30 , sounds like it will do the job for 100 bucks or so ....I wouldn't mind having a Saracione thou ....

    Hey Fred , what do you think of using a SH 906 for steelhead in the 6 to 10 lb range ?
    For fish in the 6-7 pound range a 6 line weight is fine, once you go over that a 7 would be a better choice. You can easily handle a 10 pound fish with a 7wt rod. Point being you want a rod with a ''enough beef" to allow you to really force the fight.

    Fred
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    Really love my 4" speyco scandi. Give Tim a call.

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    or if you got cash to burn .....

    Saracione

    I love the $3K one, but just a little too much. Well actually, about $2K more than I think about. But, than again if I put away a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockriver View Post
    Is there a Spey Reel that will work for 7, 8, and 9 weight rods? The more I read on Spey equipment, the more confusing it's starting to sound. I have a Scott T3H, 12ft. 8in. on order in 7 weight that I'm hoping I'll be able to use a Abel Super 7/8N on. If not, I'll still use the reel on my Radian 7wt., but will look at larger reels. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. I would like to use a Abel or Sage reel made in the U.S.A. if possible. Thanks.
    I run a Hatch 9+ on my 12'8 T3H 7wt. More for balance than capacity. Balance is WAYYYYY more important for me with the size/weight of reel when I spey cast. The sealed drag helps too when steelhead fishing in the midwest winter lol.

    Another choice that I like and have used on switch rods in the past is a Ross CLA 5. It seems to balance a wide range of rods well.

    Before you start looking for a new reel, try out the Abel that you have once your rod comes in and see if it balance how you like. If it does you can always get spare spools for various lines/set ups with out the cost of a new reel.

    J-

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    For a very good, not-very-spendy, American-made machined reel with a disc drag, try the Ross CLA (for 7-9 weight rods I'd go with a CLA 6).

    For a great, slightly-more-spendy, American-made machined reel with a disc drag, try the Ross Momentum LT (again, size 6).

    I use both and you can't go wrong with either. Ross has really good customer service too, and lifetime warranties on their reels.

    Scott

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