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Old 08-24-2017, 04:45 PM
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Default Re: Spey reel choice

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Flying against the prevailing winds here, what are the down sides to the newer, way less expensive, reels like the Redington Behemoth? Aside from the lack of classic aesthetic touches that is. God knows they seem rugged and the drags are smooth, full range adjustable and sealed. I have yet to hear of one failing.

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Can't think of much, other than for spey rods I like a full cage reel that will prevent running line from pinching between the frame and spool. I use a lamson remix HD 3.5 on a switch, and use Speyco Skandi and Orvis Battenkill V c&p on spey. Behemoth is an awesome reel for the price, I just wish they had a full cage version.
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I went with Ross Canyon Big Game 7's on the secondary market and I'm am super pleased with them (and understand now why used ones go for so much). My buddy just picked up one of the Orvis Battenkill Disc Spey reels and it hands down the best deal in a spell reel I've seen at only $189. Orvis could have charged a $100 more for that reel and few would blink an eye.
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I just stumbled on the ORVIS Batenkill Disc V yesterday and it looks like a nice option for the lighter trout spey and switch rods up to the 5-6 weight range. Weighs in @ 7 oz, has a sealed drag, and classic looks. Costs about twice what the Redington does but...

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Even if my life depended on it I don't think I could've labored over my spey reel buying decision anymore than I did.

I was looking to balance a G. Loomis NRX 13 foot, 8/9 wt., two handed rod.

I SERIOUSLY considered the Lamson ARX 4+, Ross Animas S, and just about any other reel with at least a four inch diameter.

I finally pulled the trigger on a first generation Hatch 9+ mid-arbor when they went on sale.

I'll learn in November if the Michigan steelhead agree with my choice.
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You did good. A wise choice grasshopper.

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