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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-10-2007, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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line # and reel size? redington 12' 6" 3 piece

I have just bought my first spey rod and was wondering what size reel I need? I have a 3 piece 12' 6" 7/8# redington. I think it is last years model . What I would like to know is, What size reel do I need? Is the reel size more about balance than line capacity ? I can't see needing 150 yds of backing. Where I fish , if it gets that far off, you will never see it again. I have decided to go with a rio winder cutter line but can't decide which line wight to use? They offer 2, a 6/7/8 and a 7/8/9. any thoughts. beeg1
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A reel the size of a Tioga 10 (3 3/4") standard arbor will serve you purpose nicely. I would go with the 7/8/9 WC and use 20# test backing. I think you'll be able to get 100yds on there. You might chop off 10' or 12' of running line to give yourself a little excitement room.

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Well being a newbie at this spey thing I will offer a little of my experience. I have a tioga 10 Regular arbor and put some gel spun backing on there,not sure how much. I think the large size reels are most important in balancing out the rod. Spend all day casting and fishing with an unbalanced rod and you will quickly learn like I have. The tioga would not balance my Sage 7141 that was until I put about 30 feet of lead core line on the base of the spool now its good. BIG difference on the swing, a balanced rod can fished with ease and it feels as though you have almost nothing in your hand. I have a WC 8/9/10 on my tioga. MJC's advice is probably right on he would know, have took some pointers from his past posts and they were always spot on,Thanks MJC. I think you may be OK as far as balance goes with the shorter rod though. The sage is 14'1" so with the shorter rod you may be fine. Good luck and have fun, Spey castings a blast. Kevin
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