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Survey--Spey reels?

What make and size reels are you guys using in your 13 foot salmon/steelhead rods? Thanks
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Love my Marquis Salmon 2.
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THanks guys. I am considering a Loop classic 7-9 but don't know about the quality of the reel. I am also looking at other reel options. Suggestions needed? Thanks . How and the heck due you stop an atlantic salmon on a Hardy Marquis 2 reel?
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For spey, my Redington Behemoth and Redington Brakewater reels are the best for the money!
I also have awesome Ross CLA 7 reels...
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I have a 50's 3 3/4 perfect, and a modern 4 inch perfect, they are each about 11 ounces. The speyco Scandi would also be a great choice.
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I considered the Hardy Perfect 4 1/4 but how to they work on atlantic salmon. No palming rim to slow fish down. How do you guys control a 40 pound salmon with this type of reel?
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THanks guys. I am considering a Loop classic 7-9 but don't know about the quality of the reel. I am also looking at other reel options. Suggestions needed? Thanks . How and the heck due you stop an atlantic salmon on a Hardy Marquis 2 reel?
Loop Classic reels are very well built !!
I speak from experience since I had the original Loop Classic, not much has changed between the old Classics and new Classics, just the porting (I like the old version better).

The Hardy Marquis is like any other G&P reel, it is equipped with the most versatile, self adjusting drag system in the world .... the palm of your hand !!
Pressure can be adjusted instantly as the angler sees fit. Ultra smooth too, especially with a wet wool glove
Same as the Hardy Perfect reel, it has a rotating backplate that you apply finger tip pressure.
This is how I palm my Olson reel. It too has a rotating backplate.

The G&P reel is not for everyone, however it does add to the personal feel during the screaming runs of both steelhead and salar


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You 'finger' the inside of the spool or the outside of the spool, it's fun.
The largest steelhead I've ever land, around 32#, was on a Hardy Marquis Salmon 3. There is always some luck involved in landing big fish on any fly reel. I've lost a few very large steelhead using disc drag reels. It wouldn't have mattered what kind of reel or rod weight you are using if you get into an unlandable fish, especially near the tail out and it leaves the pool and you can't follow it, adios muchacho.
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I considered the Hardy Perfect 4 1/4 but how to they work on atlantic salmon. No palming rim to slow fish down. How do you guys control a 40 pound salmon with this type of reel?
I use a 3 3/4 perfect. I find the clean side plate much more effective for adding drag than palming a rim, as there is a lot more surface area to engage with. When a fish runs my hand slides from the handle to cupping the reel, my fingers pressed against the plate, without really thinking about it.

I have a few nice drag reels (Bauer and Nautilus) and don't find any real difference in landing rates (largest steelhead to date approx 25 lbs). I do find my level of engagement and overall fun is much higher with the Perfect style, feeling like there is more demanded of me.
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A Tibor Spey in 11-15 size. Thinking about a 3 3/4 inch "S" handle Farlex.
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I fish all of these on my 13 and 13.5' rods.

Olson 3 3/4" Raised Pillar (Silver on bottom)
Saracione 3 3/4" MK IV (Gold)
Olson 4" Raised Pillar (Silver w/ Black sideplates in middle)

BTW - a 4 1/4 Perfect is a BIG reel and in my opinion way to much for a 13' rod. I do occasionally use a 4" Perfect on a 13 though and while a bit large/heavy it is serviceable.
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Hi,

I started out salmon fishing with spring & pawl reels and while I was in a stage of inexperience I believed I needed something with a drag. The early disc systems with offset cogs provided more resistance than my clicker and when the draw bar / cork systems came out I had those. Time went on and I learned that in all but extreme cases it is the angler who handles the hooked fish not his reel. Once that milestone was reached I went back to my clickers.

Currently I have a number of rod in the 13 - 14' length and these are reels I use for king salmon as well as other species.

Hardy Taupo - Hardy 4 1/4" wide spool - Orvis Vortex 11/12 & 9/10 - Sage Domain #10 - Hardy Uniqua large arbor circa 2009 - Sage Evoke #10

I like the Perfects but matched newer rods with newer technology reels. Two years ago while testing to see if an 11'6" Hardy Swift 7 weight with the Taupo would handle kings I landed a 53 pound male. It was an accident because I had no idea that fish was in the run / pool. That took a while, not due to the reel but because my rod was not strong enough to lift and move that fish. I just wrote an article onto my own website about hooking and landing salmon. If you know my name you can find it if you wanted. I won't link because I consider that bad manners unless I were a sponsor. The gist of the writing is all about handling a hooked fish, it isn't all reel and drags.
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A 3 3/4" Farlex platewind or S Handle would be a nice match for a 13' rod.
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