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Hey guys-

I am thinking about picking up a 15' 10 weight of some form next summer to cast for reservoir stripers here in TN. I just landed a three-flyrod a week job and I will finally have a little cash. I am thinking seriously about finding a Ross BG 6 or 7 on eBay, but I wanted to ask here.

What are some reels that will hold a #10 Midspey or even the longbellied lines but will stay under, say, $200? How about a second class of under $300. I don't mind eBay suggestions, I just want something with a sizeable drag and a hell of a lot of room on it.

My general preference is for Ross reels- would their old Saltwater 5 hold a #10 spey line? They don't come up much but I bet I could find one for under $250...

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There you go, I have always admired the velocity. How much do you reckon a used one would run?

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There is a set of three 1912 Check Hardy Perfects on that famous auction site right now. They are new, never fished and even though they don't have a disk drag, they have plenty of stopping power. Since the set has a 3 3/4", a 4" and a 4 1/4", you are set for everything from a 12' 6 weight up to your 15' 10 weight. Shooting head to XLT/Grand Spey, these will cover your needs.

Ok, ok, so they are not cheap, but they are damn sexy and won't set you back more than a month or two's mortgage. :D
 

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Zach,

Please forgive the smart-alek post above. To answer your question, I would also through the Teton and Tioga into your search. They are pretty bulletproof and fit your price range.

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I just ordered the Loop CLW 8twelve. It's made of a composite, which might turn some people off, but I have it from some very reputable sources that these are the real deal. The drag is the same as the higher end and much higher priced Evotecs, so should be super smooth. Worth a look for the sub $200 price tag.

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Hey Tip stay away from my reels! Already have 2 from that set though but could use some backups...

The tioga or teton 12s would be a good choice. You can find them for under 200 and they will fit the bill. The Ross BGs just do not have the capacity to hold the big lines unless you go to gelspun. Plus they are a little on the light side.

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Wow, lots of help. Thanks guys.

I have a subsidiary question here. I am going to be test casting the TFO 15' #10 over the next month or so for stripers. I am planning on throwing leadcore shooting line and amnesia monofilament running line with it. I am curious how long a length of head you think I need to keep my anchor point on the water with this rod. After all, it is 15' long. Leadcore is 13 grains per foot and I am used to the 30 foot head. I can throw it an average of 120' on a one handed 9' 10 weight. Do you think I will need to lengthen out to 40-45'? I plan on switch casting more or less the entire time, probably from a boat. Anyone tried this kind of stuff before? Is this similar to Skagit casting?

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I too will soon be buying the CLW. Sounds great!

I have a Hardy Gem and think it is an awesome reel, but in the $400 range.
 

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hahaah

You guys just plain rock. I will start the SW5 search now. I have always admired that reel. If that doesn't work out, I will take a close look at the Marquis because I just love Hardy. However, I am betting the drag on that will be too weak, and I really do like the Velocity. Thanks a ton, guys.

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If you decide to go with a Tioga, go for a MAGNUM LA, the capacity is there & they are solid all around, BTW I have a TFO 14' 9wt. and it's a great rod for my learning curve...
 

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Hey zack, as a former california linesider, that's a striper for the uninitiated, why on earth would you want a 15 foot rod? I assume you'll be working mostly from a boat, and even if you were going to work from shore a 9.5 foot 10 weight one handed, or one of CNDs atlantis 11 foot two handed rods would be a MUCH better choice. Plus you don't need to buy a new reel!

To each his own, but your first 20 pounder at boatside with a 15 foot rod will be a visual treat worthy of america's funniest home videos to nearby fishermen!
 

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Jeff Putnam of Kienes cant talk enough about the redington red. Apparently Sage has done some good sh** to this and really cleaned it up from the old red made by the old reddington. Supposedly it is supposed to smoke a tfo.
 

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Hey guys-

At first I will be landing the stripers/moes/linesides/rockfish from the beach with the occasional landing in a jonboat if I get lucky and convince my fishing partner this is doable. Basically I was figuring on using a big ass net. :)

I want the 15' 10 wt. to experience 'real' spey fishing. For now I will throw leadcore because I don't have a full line, but eventually I will want to toss this. Believe it or not, there's an application on the White River in Arkansas, where the browns can run 20 lbs and more. This would be very lucky and the rod would generally be overkill, but I don't really think the fish would mind.

Some day I will go salmon fishing and I want to know how to cast one of these.

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ZachMatthews said:
Hey guys-

I am thinking about picking up a 15' 10 weight of some form next summer to cast for reservoir stripers here in TN. I just landed a three-flyrod a week job and I will finally have a little cash. I am thinking seriously about finding a Ross BG 6 or 7 on eBay, but I wanted to ask here.

What are some reels that will hold a #10 Midspey or even the longbellied lines but will stay under, say, $200? How about a second class of under $300.



Hey zachary, a guide friend of mine swears by loop. Says it uses some new fangled technology but not to be fooled by not recognizing it. They go for about $200
 
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