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So I am interested to see what options are out there? For a 9/10wt size spey reel, S-handle, ported sizeplates, and disc drag. Price range $500~1000, maybe max. 1200 if needed to. Am I asking too much?

So far I have only found the Loop Classic fits the categories, and maybe the Saracione Mark V Salmon (not sure if ported sideplate is available ). Oh, and I am not looking for those out of production, not easy to find, and usually out of budget such as Bogdan and Bellinger......

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I have both a Farlex and Saracione MKV (disc drag) and can confidently say that both are awesome reels. My only problem is deciding which one to fish :wink2:. I have not seen a ported Farlex or Saracione (except the new G&P model). I would call both Tim at Farlex and Joe Saracione and talk with them, they may be willing to customize it for you. Both are top notch gentlemen to deal with. BTW, I bought the Saracione after handling and comparing it side by side with the Loop. Trust me, there is NO comparison.

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So I am interested to see what options are out there? For a 9/10wt size spey reel, S-handle, ported sizeplates, and disc drag. Price range $500~1000, maybe max. 1200 if needed to. Am I asking too much?

So far I have only found the Loop Classic fits the categories, and maybe the Saracione Mark V Salmon (not sure if ported sideplate is available ). Oh, and I am not looking for those out of production, not easy to find, and usually out of budget such as Bogdan and Bellinger......

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Lightly used Saraciones pop up here in the classifieds fairly often, for example, in the ballpark of $800-$900. I myself got a 4” one on here several years back for I think $850. Yes it also had ported side plates. The thing to do beyond waiting and playing whack-a-mole is to be proactive and post in the CLASSIFIEDS a WTB and see what pops up. Not only will they respond specifically to you first, but I think it motivates some people to finally take some action and clear out their closet. I know whenever I see a WTB that matches something I have and don’t use enough I feel at the very least a twitch. Sometimes you will get nothing, luck of timing mostly. But I have had several experiences on here doing this where I viewed it as something of a long shot going in, and instead found near instant gratification! :)

FYI there is also the Hardy Cascapedia 10/11 that is a nice spey size and weight reel that sells new in that range. Several of those have passed through the SP classifieds recently as well. The older MkIIs have ported side plates.
 

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Wondering why your reel has to be a disc drag?
If it’s because of the chance of a large fish keep in mind larger salmon than we catch today were landed on vintage Hardy and other brands of click pawl reels for a very long time.
If you just prefer a disc drag or the aesthetics of a disc drag, then hopefully you’ll find something on offer here before too long.
 

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There's a great deal current on classifieds for a Hardy Cascapedia 8/9. I've been using one for a decade and rely on it.
 

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S-handle reels are cool, in fact they are my primary reels - Olsons
When your standing in the river, sitting on a bench or on a rock waiting for a run, they sure are nice to look at :)

I've owned in the past:

Saracione MKIV 4 1/4"
Hardy Cascapedia MKIII 10/11
Spey Co. 4" Skagit and Spey models

I was very happy with the Saracione, but it needed to go to make way for Olson #3
I will say the same for the Cascapedia, it made way for Olson #4

I would own the above reels again without issue. There are some good deals that come up here in the Classifieds.

The old version Spey Co reels (non-hex drag) were very good. The check system was far superior in my opinion. I'm not a fan of the new models and I can't say that I would purchase one.

Farlex look to be solid and get some awesome reviews here ... I am very interested in owning one.

The Robertson reel mentioned above seems interesting. I have yet to see one, physically hold one or read a review on here. At the price point they are offered at, I'm surprised no one here has jumped on one or at least have done a review.


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S-handle reels are cool, in fact they are my primary reels - Olsons
When your standing in the river, sitting on a bench or on a rock waiting for a run, they sure are nice to look at <img src="http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />

Mike
Unfortunately nobody is selling Olsons 🙂
 

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Unfortunately nobody is selling Olsons 🙂
Have you asked ??
That's how I acquired my second Olson.
Everyone said good luck and there were better chances at winning the lottery ... I got the PM and I went and bought a lottery ticket :hihi:
Chances are better finding an Olson than winning the lottery in my books :hihi:


Mike
 
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