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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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If you had max $300 to spend...

...on a new reel (hypothetically for a 7wt spey rod), what would you get?

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Loop Xact Composite reel ~$70 from Leland Outfitters and use the to fishing trip or SA UST shooting heads.

If you prefer aluminium reel then Danielsson.

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If you like gear and pawl reels and want to go "old school", jump on that 1535 JW Young reel in the classifieds.
It is more than adequate for any steelhead ... heck, it was built for salmon fishing
Leftover cash can fund a line or two, or more tips, or gas for the truck, or dinner with your significant other who will give you a fishing pass to try out your new reel


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Loop Xact Composite reel ~$70 from Leland Outfitters and use the to fishing trip or SA UST shooting heads.

If you prefer aluminium reel then Danielsson.

Esa
My local shop has the Q, bit more $$$ but seems solid. I have never used a true large arbour before, the thing seems massive haha.

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If you like gear and pawl reels and want to go "old school", jump on that 1535 JW Young reel in the classifieds.
It is more than adequate for any steelhead ... heck, it was built for salmon fishing
Leftover cash can fund a line or two, or more tips, or gas for the truck, or dinner with your significant other who will give you a fishing pass to try out your new reel


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Oh I thought those had both sold for some reason. I'll take a look thanks!

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Oh I thought those had both sold for some reason. I'll take a look thanks!
Maybe ... ??
The seller has not updated the ad.

There are plenty on ebay if that falls through or .... place a want to buy ad in our Classifieds.

If you are planning a #7 two-hander between 11ft and 13ft, then a 1535 version would be about perfect.
If you are planning a #7 two-hander that is a little longer, like a 14ft, then up size to a 1540.
This series of reel can be found in the JW Young and the Shakespeare brand. Both are identical. Some reels are green, others are a gray.
My favorite of all this style reel is the Diawa 812 and 813. I think they look a bit more bad ass and like the overall profile better.
These reels are built like tanks and will out last you ... can't say the same for some modern day reels

One word of caution, these reel feet may not fit on every rod. Some N.American rod manufacturers have adopted shorter thinner reel seats. You may have a hard time fitting these reels on your rod. However, simply taking a file to the feet of these reels will fix that. Some gear owners prefer to have a shop remake a foot for the reel or even replace the rods reel seat. The choice is yours if it doesn't fit. I've taken a file to the odd reel foot in the past, being the most economical solution.


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If you would like a 1535 in excellent condition with extra spool pm me.
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I'm with Mike on the Young's. I have a couple of 1540's, a beaulite with three spools and a few others. For $300 you could get several and switch out lines if you wanted. These things are as close as you can get to indestructible. They were sold under several brand names, their own J.W. Young, Shakespeare, Sage, Diawa and I think a couple others. There were some cosmetic differences between brands but under the hood they were the same. Have a look if you want to consider old school clickers. Certain Young models will fit on modern seats but I don't have a complete list. I would need to double check my stock.

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Aside from old school style I wanted to add a more modern suggestion, Ross's CLA series. They do not make these anymore but I have a few and they work as if they were just removed from the box. One CLA 5 was even used in the salt for a few days but there are no signs of it. I think If you can get a CLA 5 it would be perfect for a 7wt TH and likely about $100-150.

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The Battenkill IV and V are pretty indestructible and a great value for a new reel. Although they take a while to soften up.
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Danielsson, hands down. Very hard to beat at that price point. Not sure why I'd go higher, actually.
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I would take a look at the Galvan rush 8. They are a a couple bucks over but most places will give you a new line with it so it evens out.


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Agree the Battenkill IV and V are great reels for the $ .... not to mention loud
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