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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-21-2020, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for Chinook reel.

Looking to upgrade my big reel for this coming season. Previously been using a Redington Behemoth, but haven't been happy with its tendency for my running line to jump out of the cage.
Looking for something that will balance on my 13ft Echo King. I use a click/pawl reel for every other species but still a little gun shy about going after Nooks without drag. I would prefer something to have an outgoing click though. Fish usually range in the high teens to low 30s and the river is pretty big.

Was looking at an Orvis Battenkill Disc Spey V, as it seems to fit without breaking the bank. Also considering Cascapedia but mostly because I'm partial to the looks.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Danielsson H5D 11fourteen would be one great possibility. By a good margin the best bang for the buck out there at the moment. Order online direct from them. One of the very few situations where you can say ordering from Europe is the budget option for an A-list item. Depending on your tastes you can add some lead core trolling line under everything to adjust the weight, but so much room it will barely be perceptible. I added about 2.5 oz to balance a 13’6” 9wt. It also serves as a warning indicator for when you are about to get spooled.

I have the largest cascapedia and it would be a good weight but I feel like a bit small, but maybe not for Most of the chinook you mentioned.

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I use a Danielsson 11-14 and Tibor Gulfstream. Both are older models, both well tested on chinook, with no issues.

The Tibor is an open-frame design, but no issues with 40 lb mono running line jumping through (whereas I have experienced this on other reels). The Danielsson is their heavier discontinued HD 11-14 that balances 14' rods; the current H5D 11-14 is a bit lighter and likely balances a 13' rod well, very highly recommended and not too pricey

You can minimize line jump-through with your current reel by using stacked electrical tape or a dab of epoxy to close the gap.

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I bet that sage spey reel would work great.

I love it, but haven't tested it on Kings. George Cook said it performed well to that task, though.
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Danielsson H5D 11fourteen would be one great possibility. By a good margin the best bang for the buck out there at the moment. Order online direct from them. One of the very few situations where you can say ordering from Europe is the budget option for an A-list item. Depending on your tastes you can add some lead core trolling line under everything to adjust the weight, but so much room it will barely be perceptible. I added about 2.5 oz to balance a 13’6” 9wt. It also serves as a warning indicator for when you are about to get spooled.

I have the largest cascapedia and it would be a good weight but I feel like a bit small, but maybe not for Most of the chinook you mentioned.

Will definitely looking into Danielsson. Thanks
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I have had Danielsson, Hatch and Tibor reels that have worked very well for chinook, but my new favorite is the Loop Classic 1013. I like the looks of it, it has significant line capacity and a really robust sealed drag. It also clicks on the way out.
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Looking to upgrade my big reel for this coming season. Previously been using a Redington Behemoth, but haven't been happy with its tendency for my running line to jump out of the cage.
Looking for something that will balance on my 13ft Echo King. I use a click/pawl reel for every other species but still a little gun shy about going after Nooks without drag. I would prefer something to have an outgoing click though. Fish usually range in the high teens to low 30s and the river is pretty big.

Was looking at an Orvis Battenkill Disc Spey V, as it seems to fit without breaking the bank. Also considering Cascapedia but mostly because I'm partial to the looks.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Pricier than those you mention, but I find the Charlton Mako 9600S the perfect reel for chinook. It's bombproof, has a strong and convenient drag and picks up line like a multiplier due to its large arbor. It has a chip and rash-proof finish and is quite light for its size.
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If you want disc drag and a clicker you find a better combo than the Loop Classic as already mentioned. I have a 10/13(use it on a 16' rod) and might be a bit big for a 13' rod, the 8/10 should still have plenty of capacity and a better fit for a shorter rod.

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Danielsson has, maintenance free, sealed drag system
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Second on the Danielsson's...sent you a PM.
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Great suggestion on the Mako, but I prefer a Bogdan 400. Lots of other important variables beyond the reel, starting at the hook, knots, leader, fighting technique, rod backbone to name a couple. Hook up, hang on, have fun.
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Hehe, always reliable on here, whatever the original context, to get some expensive tastes. That Mako is about the sexiest looking thing I’ve ever seen. I feel like the OP should then spend (at least) a grand or so on a new rod so that princess will not have to have any “contact with the peasants”. It would be the only civilized thing to do.
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I second the Gulfstream and would add a Hatch 9 to the mix.


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a $50 spinning reel can easily handle chinook, cannot think of any good price fly reel under gun the fish.
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post #15 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-22-2020, 07:35 AM
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Some great reels suggested here !!
I am partial to the Loop Classic, it was my first S-Handle reel. Excellent drag and served well on Atlantic Salmon.
I've heard nothing but praise for the Danielson reels too.

Going back to the OP's first post, I think the Orvis Battenkill Spey Disc V would be fine as a Chinook reel.
Another suggestion that wouldn't break the bank is finding a Scientific Anglers System II 10/11 or 12/13. These are full cage reels, have a wide range of drag adjustment and are completely bombproof. Even the 10/11 should have ample space for backing.


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