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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Loud modern fly reels?

I've been looking to pick up another reel, and am a sucker for looks to be honest, but they've also got to be reputable. I picked up an Opti Runner, awesome reel, super tight...but a bit quiet. Same with my Evo LT, awesome reel overall, but just quiet!

I'm hoping someone has some info about some of the more modern reels that have the trifecta I'm looking for - loud, tough, and great looking. I was looking at a Hardy DD but am unsure about the drag? Can anyone chime in on this? Would either be a reel for a 5/6wt or a 7/8/9 wt single hander.
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 12:58 AM
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Olson...it's that easy.
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Yes for loudness the Olson is the choice for me in a gear and pawl, however the Saracione MKIV Salmon (disk drag) is louder then my Olson disk drag.

Both of these reel brands are top of the line and classical good looks.

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Spey Company reels are about the toughest out there, loud as hell...and pretty good looking with all the custom options...brass, s-hadles, etc. I dig the beveled edge models...and the circle spey model esp.
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I'm partial to my saracione Mk1v...., I have a speyco circle spey which is the best bang for your $...let us know budget...
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What is your definition of great looking? "modern/high-tech" looking or classical? gear & pawl or drag?

Personally I think the Opti Runner is one of the ugliest reels currently available today... as I just don't like the huge spool and ultra modern look.

I think you'll find many on the Speypages gravitate towards the more classical looking S-handled, or Perfect-style, reels.

Good luck in your quest. Lots of great reels out there.
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Sorry, I should have added that I'm partial to the lightweight modern reels. I know that the classic s-style reels are really popular here, but I can't get over how heavy some of them are, and the price range is a bit high for my budget. I will have to check out some of the Speyco reels, but I'm assuming they're a hefty sturdy reel, meant to be thrown on a switch or spey rod.
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A 3" Speyco is actually looking very tempting....not heavy at all!
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I'll throw the Islander Classic in as one to consider.
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If you are looking for a bargain, consider one of these:



It's an Ocean City 77 - classic looks, light-ish weight, and you can score a used one on Flea-Bay for a song. I have one on a 5 weight 12.5 footer that I
use for smallmouths and schoolie stripers. It's no Saracione or Olson or Speyco (other end of the spectrum, really), but it'll give you all kinds of loud and pretty good fishing bang for the buck.

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If you are referencing the "DD" is the hardy ultralight DD, its not as loud as the others but its a great reel,,,has a smooth sound, and it is a great performer. No one has mentioned the loop classic, great reel, just more money.
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I am lovin my Abel Switch. Great looks, balances great on a One 7126. Very loud, I have yet to hook a real fish on it and will probably have to wait till September to listen to it howl...
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Thanks for the clarification on what you like.

While not ultra modern look have you considered the following:
Islander LXs, Tibors, Abels? All solid cork drag reels that are at home on single hand rods as well...

I really like the sound of the Islanders. Relatively loud for a modern reel.
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If you are looking for a bargain, consider one of these:



It's an Ocean City 77 - classic looks, light-ish weight, and you can score a used one on Flea-Bay for a song. I have one on a 5 weight 12.5 footer that I
use for smallmouths and schoolie stripers. It's no Saracione or Olson or Speyco (other end of the spectrum, really), but it'll give you all kinds of loud and pretty good fishing bang for the buck.
I sent you a PM in regards to one I found on flea-bay for cheap...wondering if it's worth buying it? Thanks
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