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Danielsson - Original 3w

Has anybody ever used a Danielsson Original 3w for steelhead fishing? It looks like it would have enough backing capacity for a 7w two handed rod. Kind of seems like a modern rendition of a click and pawl reel.

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I have a Loop 3W which I just used in Alaska for steelhead. Please correct me if i am wrong, but I believe it is the same as the Danielsson. In any case, the Loop has plenty of line capacity and I like its classic look. I used it on a 7wt switch rod.
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For more details, you can look at my posting, but quickly I took to the 2w and 3w 20 years ago. They are still in use today. The 2w is used on a Scott Arc 7wt 10' with an old Airflo multitip and 3w is used on a James Green 10' 7wt short TH fiberglass with an Airflo 360gr Rage.

They have both landed a steelhead! And more.
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They would work fine on a 7wt, but in the shorter lengths would be best. Very iconic reels, nothing else really like them. I use mine on a 7/8 switch and a 12’9” Spey. I prefer 50 lb. gel spun to maximize capacity.
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I have a Loop 3W which I just used in Alaska for steelhead. Please correct me if i am wrong, but I believe it is the same as the Danielsson. In any case, the Loop has plenty of line capacity and I like its classic look. I used it on a 7wt switch rod.
Until 2004, all Loop reels were designed and manufactured by Danielsson AB in Sweden.

After 2004, Danielsson started to sell all reels on-line, what resulted in the same income for Danileeson abut prices dropped by more than half.
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The 3W is a great lighter Spey reel up to 13’ rods in 7-8 range. The 3 (non W) is a bit limited capacity wise.

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The 3W is a great lighter Spey reel up to 13’ rods in 7-8 range. The 3 (non W) is a bit limited capacity wise.
The "W" I assume is "wide" and this accounts for the extra capacity?

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Thank you for all of the information provided.

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I have caught several steelhead on a 3W. My only issue with it is in try balance with the long rod. Otherwise, I think it is a good reel.

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I have caught several steelhead on a 3W. My only issue with it is in try balance with the long rod. Otherwise, I think it is a good reel.
I ordered one and it showed up this weekend, and you are right it is a little light. I am going to use it on a 13'6" 7wt. I'm wondering how well it will or won't balance out the rod. In an era of everything being lighter, reels are one place where light is not as much of an advantage.

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Yeah it is pretty light. I used one one on a 13’ rod for along time and every thing fished fine. Balance is nice, but it’s not critical. As long as you have room for your line and backing you can fish. I think that is what really matters.
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reel in 1.5 oz of trolling wire, which has quite high density and won't take to much space.
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I have the dry-fly 4-7wt , two sizes smaller, but I LOVE the design. It’s the perfect reel if you want silent, and to do ALL the work controlling the “drag” by hand. Modern “purist” perfection. I feel like you really get the maximum benefit of the large arbor on lighter wt systems where the natural alternatives might have problematically small arbors - line memory and too slow line pickup. I’m sure as others said they would be fine on Steelhead. I don’t think I would want to try it on a mad Dean River or Skeena mega-beast - but then again, that would be major bragging rights!

On the very outside chance you haven’t fully figured it out yet, just be sure you understand how the tensioner on this design works and is likely to feel before you buy one. Not much out there anything like it. The design is brilliant and beautiful, but in the end you have to like how it works. NOT exactly a modern click and pawl - completely symmetric turning either way and totally smooth, and some people don’t like that feel at all. But it works if you accept the premise that except for minimal overrun protection it is all on you!

PS. While I’m a frequent and enthusiastic advocate of adding weight below the backing when it is really needed, honestly on this particular reel it goes against the design intents of absolute minimal startup inertia. The moment of inertia of the added weight goes as the radius of the large arbor squared! Maybe not quite so important for moderate-sized Steelhead and heavy tippet, but the original designer might groan at that. A bit analogous to the lady a waitress friend told me about that ordered a shot of top-shelf single-malt scotch, and then ran it through her portable charcoal and multi-layer water filter at her table before drinking it.
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It is important to remember to loosen the knob after you finish using the Original to keep rollers stay round! Also if you feel it not smooth usually there is something in one of the rollers which should be wiped away but that does not happen as often as you think when looking the design.

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