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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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What the smallest reel you use

Hey guys. I got a question for people. What is the smallest size reel you use?
For a 6 to 8wt switch
And for you 7 to 9 wt speys rods
Going for sea run fish
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I use a Hardy Cascapedia 8/9 and a Taupo on my 11 1/2 foot Hardy Swift rods and a Sage Spectrum Max 7/8 on my 14 foot X rod. Those reels hold integrated mid belly lines and enough backing for the fish here.
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I use a JW Young pattern 10B 3 1/2 wide spool on my 13 7 Onyx #7.
It carries a midbelly plus lots of backing and has the right weight to balance the rod
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3.5 inch wide drum old hardy uniqua on my 11’3 7-9 wt powerlite. 3 5/8 st George narrow drum on my 11’5 5wt burkie. Balance is very nice on each rod.
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I use a 3-3/4" on my 7134, and an old Abel super 8 on a 13' 7wt. I go from that to a 4-1/4" for a 15' 8wt. I have two 4" reels for 14' 7 and 8wts. None of these are large arbor.
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Smallest reels I use on Spey or mini-Spey rods are Hardy St. John and Sage 509. These hold 5 or 6 wt Spey lines.
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3 1/4" widespool Noel 200TT on a James Reid 11'3" #6 bamboo spey.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 09:39 PM
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The smallest reel I use is a 3 3/4" XXX wide Olson G&P (round). It goes on my 12'6" 6/7 MKS and 13' 6/7/8 Highlander.
I have a 4" Bougle that is strapped to my 10' 8wt Quantum single hander (Godshall) and it balances very nicely.
My daughter Celeste uses a 4" Hardy Ultralite Disc on her 11'7" 5/6/7 Highlander and she really likes it.


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