Eng5, here's what I got, judge for yourself if it's enough-
-I have a 7/8 Powerspey with 200 yds of 30 lb backing on my Waterworks FC 3.5. 'Course the Powerspey is bulkier than a Shooting head too-
-a 600 Gr Skagit with 300 yd 30# on my Litespeed 4 and a spare spool for same with a 9/10 Powerspey and 300 yd 30#, both with room to spare-
-My Velocity 4 has 200 yds of 30# under a 450 Skagit with lots of spool showing, and my Radius 4s hold about the same, a bit less backing and smaller lines (windcutter, AFS), which I use for my 6wt spey rods.
I wouldn't suggest using a 3.5 size in any model but the Waterworks FC as you can tell from above, and even then the 4 would probably be better.
If you hook fish that take out that much line, you are one lucky guy! (and you'll need a bigger reel.) I'm sure there's plenty of good reels under other brands, I just happen to be a conical drag freak, and that's personal choice. I likes my wimmens busty too. And that, my friend, is the Way of the Spaz.
I was talking to the owner of Emerald Angler, Dave, last week and he told me he uses a Litespeed 4 for Albacore, he uses 400+ yds of gelspun and he's able to get a 12 wt shooting head line on it.
Hope this helps, and tight lines!
afterthought-shop the shooting line carefully and make sure it's strong enough. That 4wt running line may only be 10 or 12# test!
Last edited by SpeySpaz; 07-02-2008 at 06:37 PM.