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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-31-2001, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Which would be the best reel to match with a 14ft  9/10wt rod?I want to have as much 30 lbs backing as possible for rivers like the Thompson.Both of these reels look very nice but I was wondering if the Evotec would be a better balance with my rod as it is a little heavier.I have seen several of the Loop reals going for excellent prices on a few auction sites.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-31-2001, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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The standard evotec would balance your rod better, like the model 9thirteen. That being said let me bring up two additional points. First of all, a lot of people speyfish very effectively with a reel that is a little too light for perfect balance, and they find that it does make a difference at the end of the day how much total mass you've been swinging around all day. So, don't totally dismiss the evotecLW, which will have a new, larger model 8twelve coming out in 2002. Finally, be aware that the standard evotecs are being phased out in favor of the new evotecHD. They are still around this year, but no new runs will be made. The HD series will have both a 9thirteen and an 11fourteen model and will actually be a few bucks cheaper than the original evotec.

By the way, the evotecLW 8eleven is quite marginal with a full spey line due to its capacity. Believe me I've tried it. You might get enough backing with a Windcutter or the new Air Flo Delta Spey, but it would be close. I personally think it would be too small for the Thompson. ‚Ä*
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Thanks.What is the main difference between the Evotec and the EvotecHD?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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I agree with JR about the 8eleven capacity and long bellied spey lines. I switched to 50# gel-spun poly backing and have 150 yards of this on my 8eleven. I have used Windcutters on this set up so the Airflo line will be fine, and I have squeezed a MidSpey on there as well, but I mostly use this reel for my Loop Custom and Adapted lines for the Underhand method. With these shooting head and extended belly shooting head lines and 150 yards of backing the reel manages Thompson fish quite nicely. Still, if I was looking for a reel for the long bellied lines I would get the new larger size LW
 
I had a "sneak peak" at one of the HD reels a few weeks back and they are beautiful. They look similar to the Evotec LW reels (much different than the original Evotec reels) but the anodizing is a little darker, the drag adjustment knob is larger than the LWs, and the spool depth is greater than the LWs, which will allow the reel greater capacity. Also the drag system is serious saltwater stuff.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Dana's information is correct (as always!). The thing he didn't point out is that the weight is significantly greater with the HD. They beefed up the entire frame. Weights have not been officially announced yet, but the ones I've handled would be probably 9-14oz for the three sizes. They are a serious reel which tries to address the concerns that some had with the LW. Frankly, I love the LW and use it a lot including speyfishing, bonefishing, and single handed-rod Atlantic Salmon fishing. Heck, I even have some pike/muskie lines on a couple of my spools..
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2002, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hans, here is the Loop thread.
 
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-21-2002, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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More information is now available. The HD 7ten holds a WF9F & 175yds of 20# and weighs 9oz. The 9thirteen holds a WF11F & 325yds of 30# and weighs 10.1oz. And finally, the 11fourteen holds a WF12F & 400yds of 30# and weighs 11.5oz. The drag seems to be serious enough that I'm taking my 11fourteen to Guatemala in April to test it on big stuff.
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