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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hardy reel for 3 wt trout spey

Looking for a Hardy reel for an 11' 3 wt trout spey, any recommendations?
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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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I use an old Sage 508 on my 11’ 4/5 Meiser that balances beautifully,, so the Marquis 6 or 7 would be my vote as well. And, of course, a 506 or 508 if you can find one - mine aren’t for sale!

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I have a Princess on my ACR 1173, which is the lightest I would go. On my Meiser 1264, I like it with my old Nautilus CF 8.
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