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Meiser, T&T, and OPST two handers; Scott, Orvis, & Winston SH. Danielsson and Hardy Reels
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Nice, but what happens when fighting a fish and not paying enough attention to winding line back on to the reel? I learned the hard way a long time ago, maxing the amount of backing can and will backfire. The extra assurance of 100' more backing is lost when the line jams against the reel frame while you are trying to recover line. I try to leave at least 1/4" of clearance between the line and frame.
 

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Its good info as to what that reel will hold. We could use more photos like this.
 

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That is one of my favorite, and most fished reels - and because of that I can tell you glcaddis is spot on. You may consider that “full” but it is in fact very overfull by ANY practical standard since the slightest, even random fluctuation in the winding and what you will have there is a jammed reel. Honestly makes me anxious just looking at the picture.:whoa: I doubt you could make it work consistently just reeling in after practice casting, but that is a perfect way to make sure you loose that great (or any) fish that got you excited enough to spend even a little time paying attention to the experience rather than concentrating on the really important thing, which is carefully winding in the line just so, like a spool accountant.:chuckle:

My advice is take glcaddis’ suggestion and take off at least 1/4” off all around and call THAT quite “full”. Maybe you already realized this are were planning on doing so before actually fishing it.
 

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It looks like you have your reel on a switch rod.
Why would you fish a full Spey line on a switch rod?
Just wondering.
 

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The reel is just on a single hand salmon rod to make it easier to load. I'd take backing off but I'd rather run a bit more backing than not. Also, I've never lost a fish to a reel loaded like this. If I do I will gladly admit it and change it. It's more for practice casting at this point as i dont have a whole lot of applications for a 7 weight 61' head right now. Just something to get me more used to mid and long belly lines. Thanks for the input, I will probably test it this weekend. I'll report back on any issues.

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