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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Would a Redington AS13/14 be too big for a 14ft 9/10 rod.The rod is a euro action and although rated at 9/10 I have been told that it will handle a line or two higher.I have a chance to get a good deal on the reel and didn't know if it was too big for the rod.The reels weighs 10.9oz I believe.Would a standard arbor reel work as well with spey lines as a large arbor?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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F&F Check out the steelheadquarters section of Mark and Patty's website. There is some good info on reel size in relation to spey rod length under gear.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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   At 10 oz., the standard-spool AS 13/14 is not too big or heavy for your rod.  And if you ever get a 15' or 16' cannon, you'll already have the right reel.
   I'm dubious as to the advantages of large-arbor reels for the larger spey rod/reel combinations.  These require more spool room than anything else in fly fishing, at least with double-taper and other extended-belly lines.  Why give away precious capacity? 
   A standard-spool reel can be set up to handle a lesser line without filling it with a mile of expensive backing.  Either fill the excess space next to the hub with light, bulky polypro. twine, or pad the hub with foam sheeting.
   Some reels offer the versatility of using regular- and large-arbor spools: Teton, Teton Tioga, J. Ryall, some Charltons and Abels; perhaps others.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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For what it is worth the Redington reel is not all that great.
 
I went to buy one and both new out of the box reels were warped. It was like the spool was slightly oval while the reel was round.
 
If you have the $$$ you can't go wrong with a Loop. The Traditional 3w is a nice reel for the $$$.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the great link and advice everyone.I already own one Redington AS in a 9/10(gold model)that I really love.It has been great to me,as have all Redington products I have used.I have found that their customer service is second to none and would not hesitate to buy another reel,I just didn't know whether it would be a good spey reel.Apperently they did have some problems with the drag when the reel was first introduced.It seems that people either got an awsome reel comparable to the higher end models or they got a useless one with a faulty drag system.The nice thing about them though is that Redington stands behind their products and with the lifetime guarantee you can't go wrong. 
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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The reel  I use on the spey rod is the STH IM-C4  Cassette reel.   I am a line Junkie and the Cassettes are only about 10 bucks apiece.  I can have floaters sink-tips, long and short heads all ready to go if needed.  Jerry
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