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Hi guys. I’m trying to find a reel for a 12’ - 13’ 6 weight spey rod. It will need to accommodate both scandi and skagit heads. Is an older 3 1/2” wide spool salmon perfect up for the task, or should I be looking for a bigger reel?

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Hello.. Up to, and including, 8weight rods should present no problem. Naturally depending on your preferred amount of backing. Yours borano20
 

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I have a 3 1/2" Young wide spool 10B and it's right for my Beulah 13'7" #7
I would think the 3 1/2" Hardy would be fine.
 

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Hey Jake, I have both and prefer the 3 3/4 perfect to balance my 13 foot rod. Again its YMMV,
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Individual preference, but I had a 3 1/2 Henshaw Perfect and found it a great match on 12'6" 6 wts and 11-12' 7wts. I'm sure a 13' 6wt would have been fine.
 

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One thing to keep in mind the 3 1/2” wide Perfects are harder to find. May have an easier time finding a 3 3/4” size. Good luck with your search let us know what you end up with.
 

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I guess you have already find 3 1/2 for your purpose but I think 3 3/4 will do the work and it will fit to other rods nicely.

I have been using 1917’ and 1919-21’ 3 3/4 Perfects with 11ft to 13’5 footers.

Also I am using 3 1/2 with 10’7” and 11ft switch rods, balance well my switch rods.

If you haven’t found 3 1/2, which is much difficult to find than 3 3/4 like another member wrote, you should try to find nice 3 3/4 Perfect.

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I fished one on a 12’ 6 wt for a number of years. Great match. Have never tried it on a longer rod but also great on 5,6,7 weight switch rods.
 

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Somone will probably chew my head off for saying this but I like a 33/4 on a 13’
And a31/2 on 12’

I put a delta 6/7 on my 31/2 but not a lot of room for backing.

33/4 on a 12’ might be a tad heavy but doable you would notice the extra ounces
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IMO here is where I like my perfects

3 1/4 on my 10'4 6wt
3 7/8 Taupo on 12'6 6wt
3 1/2 on 13' 6/7wt
3 3/4 on 13'6 8wt

you are asking about a 12'-13'6 rod.... that is a HUGE range from light summer to heaviest of the heavy rods. A bit of clarification on the rod and wt would help... also what you are looking for in budget/ lineguard/ period

The 3 1/2 is not a easy reel to find and price will reflect such, esp if they are in good shape
BUT they are damn nice, here's mine
 

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Do you find the 3 1/4" provides enough capacity on the B&W 11'3"? Isn't that an 8wt rod? Just curious, as I never thought about using my 3 1/4" on a rod similar to that one.
The rod is designated 7-9 by B&W. However I have found a NC Coastal F1 475-525gr is the ideal grain weight for that rod depending on tips used.

With about 100yrds of 20lb backing, 50meters of Varivas 30lb running line, and the above line at 22ft it fits onto the 3 1/4" very nicely.
 

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The rod is designated 7-9 by B&W. However I have found a NC Coastal F1 475-525gr is the ideal grain weight for that rod depending on tips used.

With about 100yrds of 20lb backing, 50meters of Varivas 30lb running line, and the above line at 22ft it fits onto the 3 1/4" very nicely.
Very interesting, and I'm surprised. I use a 475 Coastal on my Gaelforce Switch rod--may have to give the 3 1/4" a try at some point.
 

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The rod is designated 7-9 by B&W. However I have found a NC Coastal F1 475-525gr is the ideal grain weight for that rod depending on tips used.

With about 100yrds of 20lb backing, 50meters of Varivas 30lb running line, and the above line at 22ft it fits onto the 3 1/4" very nicely.
But the B&Ws are Euro ratings which are normally 1 number more than an equivalent US one?
Therefore a 6-8 comparable US rated rod.
I use a 3 1/4" widespool reel (not a Hardy) on a 11'6 #6 rod and have gelspun backing, 50m 35lb Sawada running line and a 385grn 31' Rio Steelhead Scandi head. It's a snug fit. I guess with less running line and a shorter head it would be s better fit but I intend to move this onto a 3 1/2" widespool (1.2") reel.
 

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But the B&Ws are Euro ratings which are normally 1 number more than an equivalent US one?
Therefore a 6-8 comparable US rated rod.
I use a 3 1/4" widespool reel (not a Hardy) on a 11'6 #6 rod and have gelspun backing, 50m 35lb Sawada running line and a 385grn 31' Rio Steelhead Scandi head. It's a snug fit. I guess with less running line and a shorter head it would be s better fit but I intend to move this onto a 3 1/2" widespool (1.2") reel.
Yes I believe you are correct on the rating. The rod feels more like a 6/7 then an 8/9 for sure. Definitely have to cut down on the backing and running line by about 25% to fit onto a 3 1/4" Wide drum Salmon Perfect. But then the fish my kids use this particular rod and reel on don't run that far so it works out.
 

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If the fish are large trout sized and the rod is a short spey then 3 1/4" wide is a nice looking set-up.
Not much room nor need for a lot of backing.

I'm not sure a 3 1/4" wide spool makes sense on a spey rod where there's a chance for a larger fish.
The 3 1/2" wide spools (Perfect or JW Young 10B) are perhaps better suited if the fish are larger and the rod is longer.
However as 3 1/2" wide spools are hard to find then a larger reel becomes a more doable option.

It would be a pity to catch a large steelhead on a 3 1/4" reel with minimal backing and have to break the fish off because one is under reeled.
 
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