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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-27-2019, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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A friend is looking at getting into spey fishing and needs to pick up a reel. Line size is 7, must be made in U.S.A. And the hardest part is less than $500.
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Should be able to get a new Speyco for under $500.

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I size my reels to the length of rod, not line size.
I have a 4" Olson on my 14' 6/7 MKS and a 3 3/4" on my 13' 6/7/8.
Does your friend want a drag reel or a G&P ??
There are many JW Young, Daiwa and Shakespeare reels available for under $100. All are very well built, strong clickers that can stop an Atlantic Salmon and are very handsome in my opinion


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I size my reels to the length of rod, not line size.
I have a 4" Olson on my 14' 6/7 MKS and a 3 3/4" on my 13' 6/7/8.
Does your friend want a drag reel or a G&P ??
There are many JW Young, Daiwa and Shakespeare reels available for under $100. All are very well built, strong clickers that can stop an Atlantic Salmon and are very handsome in my opinion <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smokin" class="inlineimg" />


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I size my reels to the length of rod, not line size.
I have a 4" Olson on my 14' 6/7 MKS and a 3 3/4" on my 13' 6/7/8.
Does your friend want a drag reel or a G&P ??
There are many JW Young, Daiwa and Shakespeare reels available for under $100. All are very well built, strong clickers that can stop an Atlantic Salmon and are very handsome in my opinion


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But none of those three are made in the US. I'd suggest looking for a used Hatch or Nautilus if he (or she) wants a drag, or a Speyco if G&P.
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You may still be able to find a used Abel Spey reel if a clicker reel is desired.

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Contact Tim Panzlaf from Speyco. Iḿ sure he can make a great reel for your friend!
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But none of those three are made in the US. I'd suggest looking for a used Hatch or Nautilus if he (or she) wants a drag, or a Speyco if G&P.
It depends on whether one wants a C&P or disk drag, classic look, or not. Hatch & Nautilus are both good reels. I happen to be partial to Bauer's. That being said, I also have some of the old Redington AS & AL reels. Although not high dollar reels, they have never let me down. Hardly any disk drag reels broadcast all up & down the river that you have a fish on. The ones that do, were expensive when new & seldom come up for sale. fwiw: I size my reels to the length of the rod.

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It depends on whether one wants a C&P or disk drag, classic look, or not. Hatch & Nautilus are both good reels. I happen to be partial to Bauer's. That being said, I also have some of the old Redington AS & AL reels. Although not high dollar reels, they have never let me down. Hardly any disk drag reels broadcast all up & down the river that you have a fish on. The ones that do, were expensive when new & seldom come up for sale. fwiw: I size my reels to the length of the rod.
The whole point of my post is that the OP asked for a reel made in the USA. The old Redingtons, or anything Redington, is not US made either. Bauer would be a great choice, as would Ross, Abel, Tibor, but except for a few of the Ross models, the rest would have to be purchased used or on closeout. Someone mentioned the Abel Spey and that's a good option as is the long discontinued Tibor Spey if you want a drag. I could easily name another ten reelmakers from the US that could work, although a couple of them didn't make a size big enough for most spey use, but some did. Think Cliff Herron, Precision, Peerless, Mt. Rainier, Dave McNeese, Bellinger, Stefan Brusky, and of course Charlton/Mako. All of them and more made high quality reels that at least occasionally show up in the used market.
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In addition to Speyco, there are a few good options that meet your friend's criteria.

Your friend can buy a brand new Lamson Guru HD II for around $300. For a little over $100 more, he can get a Lamson Arx. Both are made in the U.S. For about $200, there is a Lamson Remix HD that is partly built elsewhere abroad and finished in Idaho. The Guru HD II is a great choice for a beginner (and he may never want another). The Arx is a pretty slick reel all around. All of these have very good drag systems.

Sage also has a new spey reel with a drag that comes in slightly under $500. It looks much better than the Domain.

Not sure what Ross has now. There used to be an Animas Spey that looked like the hubcap of a snow tire.
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An old Lamson saltwater series reel, in size “permit” would be the ideal weight and volume for a 7wt Spey rod. Made in USA albeit in the mid 1990’s. As good as any of the expensive Abel cork drags and in my mind without giant logos of any kind better looking. In fact it was love at first sight for me. If you can find one should run you between $200-300 in mint condition. They originally cost more than twice that in 1990s dollars. An added bonus is that Archuleta kind of specializes in older lamsons so you can buy with confidence knowing there is a good doctor if one ever gets sick!

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An old Lamson saltwater series reel, in size “permit” would be the ideal weight and volume for a 7wt Spey rod. Made in USA albeit in the mid 1990’s. As good as any of the expensive Abel cork drags and in my mind without giant logos of any kind better looking. In fact it was love at first sight for me. If you can find one should run you between $200-300 in mint condition. They originally cost more than twice that in 1990s dollars. An added bonus is that Archuleta kind of specializes in older lamsons so you can buy with confidence knowing there is a good doctor if one ever gets sick!
Good choice, although like a few of them that I mentioned earlier, it will be very hard to find one. The two heavier sizes will also work for heavier and/or longer speyrods. In my earlier post, I almost mentioned the Lamson LP series, but the truth is those were so incredibly light that they don't actually work well with speyrods. My very first speyrod, from about 1986, was a J. Kennedy Fisher 13' 8/9 weight that I used with a Lamson LP5. It was such a mess that I almost gave up speyfishing before it occurred to me that the problem was the reel. I swapped it out for an ATH Design S3 and it was like a miracle. The S3, although it probably had less capacity than the LP5, was also about twice as heavy and it made all the difference.
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For a disk drag spey reel USA made Lamson ARX 3+ / 3.75" x 1.2 W / 7oz about $300. or if you need more weight ARX 3.5+ / 4.0" x 1.5 W / 8.8oz / $325. And if needed they have great customer service.
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galvan torque t-10, solid reel !
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-01-2019, 11:44 AM
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Another one nobody has brought up yet is the Roberts Classic Spey Reel. It comes in two widths and retails for $495.00. My steelhead buddy uses one on his 13' 7 weight and loves it. G&P.
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