do you anticipate using. There is a big difference in the requirements for a long belly like the XLT and a Skagit, or Scando system. I have a Meiser 13678 MKS that I am using an AirFlo Skagit for 7/8 and a WC 9/10/11 with tip two removed. Both of those fit into an Able #3 (WF10 and 250 yd of 30#). You might have to go to spectra backing for a midspey and a long belly would be out of the question.
A reel that holds a 12 wt standard line and about 250yds of 30 lb backing would be a nice choice for you for all but longbelly lines. my favorite reel for an 8wt. that I own is an old Lamson LP5. I think it holds a 12 and 325yds and is very versatile for 7, 8 and short 9 wt lines.
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