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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-04-2001, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 11/4/2001 11:26 AM
This line is approx. 150 feet long (then enough space to add 125-150 yards of backing) and finding a reel that has the capacity to spool it has become in interesting hunt. The "biggest, " and I do mean biggest Redington and some very top end large arbors will do. But very pricie. Any suggestions in the $150 to $200 dollar range?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-04-2001, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: CarlDate: 11/4/2001 1:59 PM
Hi Fred. 
1. Redingtons seem biggest, espec. the 13/14.  Biggest in the price range you mention is probably the Tioga, though not as big as you seem to want.  How 'bout an alternative:
 
2. Chop off some of that running line in back, unless you're really trying to shoot out to 140+ feet.  Use a sharpie marker to mark the furthest point on the line that comes to your hand when casting/fishing.  Keep 5 more feet and cut off the rest.
 
3. You might consider using a smaller diameter braided backing.  I use the 30# Fireline off the shelf.  125 yds for about $12, and takes much less space than dacron.
 
With the above options you may be able to survive with a "normal" big reel.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-05-2001, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Fred, have you looked at the System 2 reels?. The RS 1213 will hold a WF12+350yds 30lb backing.I used a friends this summer which had a Mastery tri tip line on it and he had plenty of backing on it.It retails around $210.00.It was a good reel and i had no problems with it.It weighs 10.40oz so it should balance a 14' or 15' rod ok,good luck and tight lines,brian
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2001, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 11/6/2001 2:48 AM
ST99,
Thanks for the heads-up; dropped the "dime" today. Looks like a good match and on sale to boot.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-07-2001, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Fred,glad i could help you with the info. What did you pay for the RS1213 and where did you get it?. I have a friend who needs one. How is the Rogue fishing?.I need to get back over there again,tight lines,brian
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2001, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 11/8/2001 2:36 AM
Hi Mr. B. Blanking on name of folks but here's their e mail address.  (Tried the cut/paste but ... well, the wife/kids are the propeller-heads) [email protected].
 
Gad!!! It just lit up!!!! Anyway, price was $139 plus $6.00 for shipping. Had them toss in an extra spool for $51-56 so this ran up the bill a bit. Very easy to work with, right back at me on e mail (ligit. fly shop), one on one on the phone and were heads up on the back-forth on the e mails.
 
Expect the new 'toy' in a couple of days (ground ups).
 
Fishing has really dropped off in the past two weeks. Clueless as to why as there are a ton of fish in the upper river. Suspect so many free spawing salmon that the steelhead are sated on free spawn. Think this as you can throw anything you want at them, but if it doesn't look like eggs forget it. Had one day (11-1) that was blow your mind; but last two outtings was zip for zip except for 'shoulder development.' Could lift the right side of a house (like ya....) for all the fruitless casting. But we're at that trans. point between winter and summer fishing.
 
Medford area is at about (river) mile post 130 so it will be late December before we see any real number of winter fish. Best bets now are the Chetco, Smith, etc., on the coast. Talked to Gary Anderson (WONDERFUL custom rod builder in Gold Hill) a couple of days ago (fixing 'road rash' ... AND don't ask!) what he'd been up to. Just got back from the Chetco and did wonderfully on Salmon  a mile up from the harbor mouth. Trip here now, ... hunt, hunt, hunt or go to river mouths for the next month.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-15-2001, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 11/15/2001 3:43 AM
Went for the SA 10/11 Mastery  Series reel. Came with 130√*sh yards of 30# backing so had to cut off about 12-15 feet of the RIO tri-tip 10-11 running line to fit the reel. Otherwise, a wonderful fit, very nice reel and $140 buck from Pro-Angler. Happy camper here .... Joan says I'm now well over budget for 'boy toys' but what the heck, you can't take it with you ... unless your off fishing.
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