Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
This is a perennial question on here, but Princess, or Marquis #7 or #6 would be perfect. I’m thinking used older model Marquis here, but you could go with the the Marquis LWT in the same numbers if you like. A 3 1/8 wide spool perfect would be workable as well, if you want to go a lot more expensive. Sometimes the larger lightweight series reels than the Princess get mentioned - St Aidan and Zenith - but they are IMHO too heavy for any 3 wt. Those are great on 5 and 6 wt spey rods. The Marquis #8/9s can be a nice match for 4 and 5 wt spey rods, BTW.
There are a lot of old Princesses and Marquis reels out there, but check out the ones from the UK on eBay if you can’t find anything quickly.
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