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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2002, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Just got back from the San Mateo flyfishing show where I was looking for a new reel for my Sage 8150.  I ran into Simon G. and he is currently using the Waterworks 3.5 and speaks quite highly of it.  I recently read a review in this free mag. called flyfishing America whic reviewed a bunch of 8wt. reels.  In the review they looked at how each reel performed in terms of  % inertia inrease for start up and also the max drag produced.  This one reel made by a german company called Steelfin seemed to perform the best and the reel looks fairly "sexy", anybody know anything about them?  How about Loop's new reels?  Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2002, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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The Steelfin XFR is an 8-10 weight reel. It would be marginal as far as having enough capacity for spey work. Otherwise it has a very smooth drag (though I don't know about the 0% startup shown in FFA.) Price is $375.00.

The largest sizes of both the Loop evotecLW and evotecHD make outstanding spey reels. In fact, that's basically what they were designed for by Loop. I use several Loops with my spey rods and like them all.`
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2002, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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If you're looking for the ultimate in reels for the spey rod, checkout the Seamaster Duel Mode reels.  Great drag, no split knuckles, and instant control of lunker fish.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-05-2002, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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I have lusted over a lot of reels over the years. At one time I really had the hots for a Loop Hi-Tec #4, and the Henshel Dual Mode has caught my attention on occasion. The big Charlton reels would sure make nice Spey reels as well. I've even considered the Cortland/STH lever drag. And the turbine drag, while it is not large enough for a Spey reel, will at least be an unusual conversation piece (wall hanger/boat anchor) some day.
But really, if you can get by with a Pflueger Medalist, and some do, then you have to question the logic for the super duper reels. It's just part of what this is all about. If you want to have a look at all the really neat stuff that you never see in catalogs, check out
After you quit drooling and get hold of your senses, you may come to the conclusion, as I have, that if it has the capacity to hold the line and a reasonable amount of backing, has a realiable drag and doesn't make you puke just to look at it, then it will probably be O.K. The Waterworks Lamson ULA Force/Litespeed/Velocity Reels all have the same drag and spool retention system. The differences, besides cosmetic, boil down to capacity, arbor diameter and price. If dual mode strikes your fancy, but you don't want to shell out the bucks, consider this. Get the biggest Lamson  Litespeed reel, remove the handle and stick your index finger in the holes to retrieve line. When Mr. Steelhead wants to run, your finger will disengage automatically. Trust me on this. Doesn't work well with gloves though.
If that doesn't appeal to you, you might want to check out Mark Backmann's website.  Somewhere on there is a page with reel recomendations for Spey rods. Have fun.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2002, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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I don't think that a turbin drag should be used as an anchor, it's worked fine on a one handed steelhead rod for the last few years, but I drool over your first site recommendation.  Thanks.   jere
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