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Old 08-24-2010, 09:43 AM
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What are some of the best non-expensive spey reels?

Looking for a good back-up.
Any opinions on Loop CLW, Lamson Konic or other reels at similar prices?

The reel would have to fit backing, running line and 8/9 shooting heads and balance 12'6"-13'4" rods.

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Old 08-24-2010, 09:59 AM
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I like the new Orvis LA. I guess they're moderately priced. They hold more line than the older models.

Also, I have the Echo reel in your photo. It's a good back up for freshwater fishing.

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Old 08-24-2010, 10:04 AM
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Hardy Uniqua, Fly Logic (I've been partial to the look of their reels) are alternatives if you want new.

Buy a nice JW Young (used) for less and have something superbly functional that makes a wonderful sound.

Shop the for sale page here.

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Old 08-24-2010, 10:05 AM
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Meiser Large Arbor reel -- $285

Elkhorn T series for about $240

Orvis VO on eBay for about $200 (used)

Lamson Guru under $200

Just keep an eye on eBay and you should be able to get a quality reel in the capacity you want for $200 or less. Just make sure it has a rep for having a good drag. IMHO, "ballance" is an over-hyped concept, but the lower priced reels are usually heavier.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:17 AM
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As much as I hate it, try fleabay. Search for vintage reels if your into that. Alot of times those folks don't know whats an awesome reel and whats crap so you can find a great deal. Even in the used catagory there are steals. I've seen Bauers go for under 200.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:23 AM
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TFO Prism 10/11 at $100 is a SCREAMING deal.

Poppy should have 'em at the Red Shed: http://www.redshedflyshop.com/PRISM.html

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Old 08-24-2010, 10:26 AM
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Tioga Magnum 10 or a JW Young
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:28 AM
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The Konic has the same drag as other $700 Lamson models....couldn't imagine a better 'cheap' reel
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:26 AM
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Just get a reel from Bob Meiser, get Steve to line it for you and live happily ever after.
'nuff said.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:39 AM
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The Redington CDL T's are another very good value,large arbor, fully machined, no plastic parts, cork drag reel, that ballance two handers.

I have a couple of them I fish.......so far so good.

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Pflueger Medalist 1498, 1598RC, or 1496 1/2. Pure, plain and simple.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:37 PM
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Full Cage Reels

I'm becoming a fan of reels that are full cage.
I like mono running lines and with a full cage the line can't flip up and around the support between the reel and the spool.
I've had it happen so many times with my nautalus 12 I've lost count .... especially in cold weather. Instant panic mode hoping a fish doesn't take before you fix it.
I believe the loop you showed is full cage.
Just something to think about if you are buying a reel that I hadn't thought was important ...

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My vote goes to the 4.25" TFO Prism @ $99.95 and the Lamson Konic @ $149.00.

I can tell you there are some great new inexpensive reels hitting the market after the Denver show.
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:30 PM
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Ah, no details?
January 2011, then?


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My vote goes to the 4.25" TFO Prism @ $99.95 and the Lamson Konic @ $149.00.

I can tell you there are some great new inexpensive reels hitting the market after the Denver show.
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As 13/14, when you can find them. Sealed drag, std arbor, 4.5 " dia. Light enough for baby speys, these things will hold any long belly line ever made + adequate backing. Build up the arbor and it becomes a large arbor capable of holding heads, running line + backing.
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