Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: UK, Towy, Tweed, Dee, Deveron
If they are classed as the salmon size they will be 4" diameter - this is the #10/11 size.
The #8/9 wasn't classified as a salmon reel, I'm looking at mine now & it is engraved "Made by House of Hardy England" above the central click adjustment knob & "JLH Ultralite #8/9" below it. It doesn't mention salmon on the 8/9 size.
The #8/9 classification refers to single handed lines, you would definitely not fit a mid head #8/9 Spey line + backing on it. Make sure you buy the 4 inch version - which is also wider in relation to its' diameter & holds a lot more line.