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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-20-2015, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Bauer CFX Spey

Anyone out there have any experience, good or bad, with the Bauer CFX Spey. I was at the local shop this morning in search of a new reel for my Sage ONE 7116 and found this reel balanced the rod very well. Looking for feedback on the drag system, reliability, etc.

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I have a couple older Bauers, one or two generations back, that are really, really nice. The newer ones only get better reviews. I wouldn't hesitate if you like the reel.
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I have both the CFX Spey 5 and 6 and have used them extensively for 2 years without any problems. The drag is so smooth and I like having the drag on the same side as the handle. Finish and tolerances are as good as it gets.
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Bauer reels are total quality. I have two and would not sell them for anything.
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Totally agree

I have a total of seven Bauer reels. Five of which are the original MacKenzies, the other two are MZ's. Never had a problem with any of them. Have taken them in for routine maintenance a couple of times (cork replacement & update to four roller clutch) and I can tell you, first hand, Bauer stands behind their products. Real people, friendly service. If there were such a thing as an upgrade program, I would be tempted to trade in all of my Bauer's for CFX's. Jon got it right on that one.

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Thanks for the feedback guys, I am now in posession of a new Bauer CFX Spey. Hopefully photos will follow in two weeks when I return from my trip to the Marimichi.
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Late to the thread, but...

Impulse bought an early JM5 (cork drag), sent it to Bauer for the upgraded later-model clutch and its been flawless. Then bought a CFX6 Spey. Its the smoothest drag I've ever seen and I've now probably landed in excess of 100 steelhead, a few chum, and a handful Chinook on it. The carbon fibre drag on the newer Bauers (CFX, Rogue etc) can be submerged and will perform the same wet as dry, that cannot be said of cork drags. Ended up selling all my other disc drag spey reels and buying all Bauer. Never experienced any problems, they've always performed really nicely and the finish seems to hold up well on all my Bauers.

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Matt, I guess I am one as well.

I have been slowly replacing all of my reels with the new Bauers. I have fished a lot of the high end reels and the Bauers are at the top of the tier. I own the CFX, Rogue's and the new RX's. The RX's are a work of functional art!
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Jumping on an old thread here fellas.....

anybody ever added any weight to a CFX Spey? Or know if Bauer has a "Spey Weight" available for the reel? I have looked around the website some and have not been able to find any info.

Thanks for the help guys!

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I have a Bauer CFX6 Spey reel and I would never sell or trade it. I absolutely love this reel. Goes on my Winston micro spey #5 for the Deschutes.

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I like the balance of heavy reels which Bauer's are not. Despite going one size over on most setups, I still find all of my Bauer reels lacking in sufficient weight to balance to my liking. To compensate for this lack of weight, I have found a couple layers of the old lead core trolling line wrapped on the arbor does the trick. Not mention, you can't use that stuff for much else anymore.

The main difference between the new CFX & the older MX reels are the V arbor and the fully sealed, maintenance free, carbon fiber drag. Were I rolling in bucks, I would have nothing but the newer Bauer reels. Oh well, what I have works.

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I like the balance of heavy reels which Bauer's are not. Despite going one size over on most setups, I still find all of my Bauer reels lacking in sufficient weight to balance to my liking. To compensate for this lack of weight, I have found a couple layers of the old lead core trolling line wrapped on the arbor does the trick. Not mention, you can't use that stuff for much else anymore.

The main difference between the new CFX & the older MX reels are the V arbor and the fully sealed, maintenance free, carbon fiber drag. Were I rolling in bucks, I would have nothing but the newer Bauer reels. Oh well, what I have works.
Hey JD do you wrap that lead line on the spool under the backing? Id like to use this reel but need some additional weight to make it handle to my liking.

And i agree, the CFX Spey reels are incredible!

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Hey JD do you wrap that lead line on the spool under the backing? Id like to use this reel but need some additional weight to make it handle to my liking.

And i agree, the CFX Spey reels are incredible!
For starters, all of my reels are pre "V arbor" having the conventional flat slotted flat arbors. That being said, LC in & out one slot & tied with a conventional slip knot. Two layers, about forty feet I think, carefully wrapped one wrap against the last. That completed you have two options. #1 connect backing to LC with an Albright knot or #2, 2" duct tape over the lead core to make a smooth arbor & secure backing with a slip knot around the duct taped arbor being mindful about the direction you tie the slip knot such that it bites into the duct tape when wound on the arbor.

Lacking lead core line, which is becoming difficult to find anymore, one could use the heaviest T-XX material available. Having a mono core, it is easy to strip a few inches of the coating to facilitate tying of knots.

FWIW: I have come to the conclusion that when it comes to fishing rivers, we seldom need more than 150 yards of backing, maybe another fifty yards just for good measure. The reasoning being, once a fish has left the pool & gone "round the bend" of the river, without means to chase him, you may as well break him off while you can & save your line.

YMMV
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