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post #16 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 05:52 PM
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I've used a few but for me there was always something special about the Sage 506 by Hardy.

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Thumbs up Trout Reels of Choice

I had the pleasure of meeting and over many years getting to know Stan Bogdan dating back to 1973. His trout reels still top my list...but there are others. I like the new Hardy Cascapedia, Hardy Perfects of course and the Abel TR series. I have a variety of others but there isn't any need to really get into all that here.

I've attached a photo of one of my favorite combinations...a 7'3" Weiler Garrison 204E reproduction with a 1948 vintage 2 7/8" Perfect.
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I love my Maurice Noel trout reels. 100 in Titanium and faux ivory and a 150AD Aluminum Delrin. Smooth and classy. pictured with a 3 5/8 perfect for scale.
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I would concur on the Noel trout reels. I have a 150 TD and it is my favourite trout reel. I have heard from one member I used to chat with a member on Clark's who offered me his 150 in Faux ivory that it was the most stunning reel he had seen.
Unfortunately I declined and had Maurice make me what is now known as the 175TT.

I used to own a few Godfrey reels but they are not in the same class IMHO. There's a picture of the trio on Vintage Fly Tackle's Godfrey Reels section.

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Trout reels are first and foremost a place to store line. Most trout outside of Labrador, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand are played by stripping line in and thus the heavyweight features of the more expensive reels are not essential to the aim of the game. If you want to get the top dollar reel, I say go for it. But, I have stable of older Hardys from the Featherweight up through Hardy Marquis 7 hanging below my trout rods from 3 up to 7 weight. I have splurged on a couple of the small Bougle' reels because I like the look. I wouldn't say no to a smaller Perfect in LHW, but the extra weight may throw my lighter weight graphite rods out of balance. We have to remember a lot of the older classic reels were designed and made for use on much heavier bamboo rods.

Buy what you can afford and appreciate, but don't kid yourself into thinking it will be a necessity for 95% of your trout fishing.
I have to agree with glcaddis. You don't need anything fancy to handle trout, or anything else that lives in freshwater. Of course need & want are two different things & we all fall into that money pit. Able's, Tibor's, etc. But if your trout fishing includes much still water, especially from a personal floatation devise, you soon find the floating line to be of little use & start trying other lines. Eventually, storage & changing lines to suit the prevailing conditions becomes a problem. If I had it to do over again, I would invest in a decent cassette reel and a lot of spare cassettes.
One day while browsing the offerings @ Marriott's fly fishing store, I spotted an Okuma Integrity I 7/8wt large/wide arbor reel. Yeah, I know, cheap Asian made stuff. But wth, it's a gonna be a trout reel. It was type III black anodized & had a big star drag adjustment knob reminiscent a Charlton,,, & of the price was right. The drag system was not sealed but then again, everything considered, it would be OK. That reel became my dedicated 6wt floating line reel. When we found Carp living in a short stretch of brackish creek, guess what reel I used? It has served well & never let me down. On a nice little 2/3 wt 6' Powell graphite rod I fish an old Lamson LP 1, nothing fancy, barely big enough to hold a DT2 & a little bit of backing, good enough for me.

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I'll disagree slightly on the trout reel is only a line holder. That depends on where you are and the waters you fish. All you need do is hook a 3 pound or larger Delaware River rainbow or brown and you better have a respectable drag and a good 100 yards of backing. I've seen the bows especially put on the Atlantic Salmon act with jumps and runs that have a reel screaming. Believe me they can be most impressive!!
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I'll disagree slightly on the trout reel is only a line holder. That depends on where you are and the waters you fish. All you need do is hook a 3 pound or larger Delaware River rainbow or brown and you better have a respectable drag and a good 100 yards of backing. I've seen the bows especially put on the Atlantic Salmon act with jumps and runs that have a reel screaming. Believe me they can be most impressive!!
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Most definitely. In years gone by I used to do a lot of stillwater and large reservoir fishing for trout, loch style. The stillwater trout were pretty easy, recently stocked ones came in like a sack of potatoes; even big ones to 10 pounds or over and could be handlined in easily.
However on the huge resevoirs, the "grown on" fish which survived a couple of seasons or more, became wild fish and strong from swimming in large expanses and a 2-3 pounder caught on a hopper on top will strip your flyline and 30 yards of backing in a matter of seconds, even with your hand palming it on a drag reel. The speed of the take and fast run can often mean popped tippets, even at 10lb. These are no tame river fish.
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Back in the early-1970's I purchased an Orvis CFO IV reel for trout fishing. They were made by Hardy in England at the time and it only cost $45 brand new! The reel is very easy take apart, light and has an exposed rim for palming. It makes a nice size "trout spey reel" for me now.
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All this talk of vintage reels has me reeling.

Maybe something with some weight to ballance out a rod


Or something a bit more utilitarian


I really do have a thing for Ross Reels.
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Saracione Mark IV on a 9"3" Meiser.
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I canít believe Iím actually writing this , but I started fishing for trout as a 7 year old in 1960, using a Pfleuger knock off, and always coveted the reel Mackoy my father was using. Well, that old reel with the round line guard is now mine, and I canít think of using anything else. Partly because it always reminds me of fishing with the best trout Fisher I ever knew, part because Iíve never needed anything fancier (and Iíve caught some lunkers), and part because Iím a tight-fisted Scot that doesnít spend anything more than is absolutely necessary!

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I canít believe Iím actually writing this , but I started fishing for trout as a 7 year old in 1960, using a Pfleuger knock off, and always coveted the reel Mackoy my father was using. Well, that old reel with the round line guard is now mine, and I canít think of using anything else. Partly because it always reminds me of fishing with the best trout Fisher I ever knew, part because Iíve never needed anything fancier (and Iíve caught some lunkers), and part because Iím a tight-fisted Scot that doesnít spend anything more than is absolutely necessary!
Hey...don't knock it. I remember my first "good" reel was a Hardy lookalike made by Martin. Fished it for years...then moved up to the Pfleuger Medalist. Still fish'em. Took my first bonefish on a 1495 1/2. Great reels...always have been, always will be!!! Sure...time has allowed me to acquire a few other goodies, but too many of these things have stood the test of time...so why change?
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Quality reels with a bit of history make for a more fulfilling experience in my book. Here are my three: Contracted and leaded Perfects from 1950, 3 5/8" (unused) and 3 7/8, both made by James Hardy who wrote to me of their story (his initials being inside); three Perfects in total he made, during his time in the reel shop.

The other a Hardy St. George, 1930's, 3 3/8" complete with smoke agate line guide.

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Reels are very personal items, as evidenced by some of the posts in this thread. There is absolutely nothing wrong owning high end equipment, reels, rods, waders, etc. But, there is also less practical value in it as far as catching fish are concerned than some of the posts let on. To be sure, I'd take a capable reel and rod with me to Patagonia or Labrador. But, I caught as many trout with my original Berkley Parametric 8' six weight using a Pfleuger 1494 and a level line back in the day.

I enjoy it more with better equipment. And, I can afford it now, so my decision is mine to make and appreciate. But, I hope I don't tempt someone to spend money they can't afford for a high end reel when the reel they are using is perfectly suited for the use they make of it.

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Reels are very personal items, as evidenced by some of the posts in this thread. There is absolutely nothing wrong owning high end equipment, reels, rods, waders, etc. But, there is also less practical value in it as far as catching fish are concerned than some of the posts let on. To be sure, I'd take a capable reel and rod with me to Patagonia or Labrador. But, I caught as many trout with my original Berkley Parametric 8' six weight using a Pfleuger 1494 and a level line back in the day.

I enjoy it more with better equipment. And, I can afford it now, so my decision is mine to make and appreciate. But, I hope I don't tempt someone to spend money they can't afford for a high end reel when the reel they are using is perfectly suited for the use they make of it.
A story you might enjoy glcaddis...I had the pleasure of meeting the great rod builder Everett Garrison back in the early 1970's. When I was in his home with him and a mutual friend he told us of a rod he had received from Berkley, an 8' Parametric. His reaction was if they are going to build glass rods like that one...he was out of business. He considered it most impressive!!!

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Most definitely. In years gone by I used to do a lot of stillwater and large reservoir fishing for trout, loch style. The stillwater trout were pretty easy, recently stocked ones came in like a sack of potatoes; even big ones to 10 pounds or over and could be handlined in easily.
However on the huge resevoirs, the "grown on" fish which survived a couple of seasons or more, became wild fish and strong from swimming in large expanses and a 2-3 pounder caught on a hopper on top will strip your flyline and 30 yards of backing in a matter of seconds, even with your hand palming it on a drag reel. The speed of the take and fast run can often mean popped tippets, even at 10lb. These are no tame river fish.
I think what caddis might have been referring to there is that a lot of times depending on the technique being used, having the fish on the reel regardless of size is not always an option, as is the case with a lot of dry fly fishing where you may not touch the reel all day, and many types of wet fly fishing where you are very slowly retrieving flies. In many cases trying to get the fish on the reel is just a prescription for loosing the fish. I understand the sentiment, however. I have landed a few rainbows (also broken off a few) over 3 lbs on the Fall River (CA), and with only 4 lb tippet, where my only option was to use my hand both for drag and retrieval. If a click and pawl reel adds to the excitement, then hand-only I suppose is uping the anti still further, but bringing a few of those trout to hand was more nerve-wracking (and fulfilling) than some Steelhead. But the hand is also exquisitely sensitive, and can adjust instantaneously. So “needing” the reel is not literally true, and depending on the situation, not always a realistic option.

I have survived the trial a few times, but a lot of times the last thing you feel before it coming unpinned is 20 feet of line zipping though your fingers under the most pressure you feel comfortable with. It’s a pretty exciting experience, but also psychologically associated with a lot of failures with big fish!

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