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Was wondering if the 3.5 is good for an 8wt Sage 8136-4 spey rod? I'm trying to keep the rod and reel combo as light as possible, would consider going with the 4.0 Litespeed but its huge! Would go with the newer 4.0 Velocity due to its lighter than the Litespeed.
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Probably not close to big enough. It is only rated for wf9 and 200 yards of 20lb. That is not very much capacity considering how much space spey lines take up. That reel would be a tight fit for a 5-6wt spey line and adequate backing.

You will definitely need the 4 to fit a spey line which should fit most of the lines you will use with that rod.

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Skycries57 said:
....would consider going with the 4.0 Litespeed but its huge! Would go with the newer 4.0 Velocity due to its lighter than the Litespeed.
The Litespeed is an ounce heavier. And it has a larger
drag mechanism. And the reel sorta shrinks after you've
used it for a while...
 

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I have a litespeed 4 and it has worked great for the last 5+ years.
Tons of backing capacity with short-mid length heads. Weight is not
much of a issue. My litespeed was put into a back up roll a couple
months ago in favor of a Hardy. Any reel under 10 ozs. will feel fine on
your rod. Like I said I would not let weight factor into your decision.

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I've got a Litespeed 4, thats been used but in great shape that I would be willing to part with. Make an offer if you would like.

Secondly, I saw on another board where you were asking about the lightest Spey reel for a #8. I am a firm beliver in heavy (relatively speaking) for two-handed rods but if you are still after the lightest reel possible...the new Loop Evotec 8-12 CLW is hands down, the lightest guy around. About 6 ounces...and $160.
 

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In the interest of full disclosure, I have a Litespeed 3.5 for sale. :lildevl: That said, I found that it balanced a Burkie 8139 perfectly; it holds 100 yds of 20# backing and a 7/8 Delta spey with no problem. It has exactly the same capacity as a Tibor Riptide. An 8/9 Long Delta would be very tight, and any of the xlts impossible. But I don't know what line your planning to use. In any case, I do think--as others have mentioned from time to time--that the 100+ yards of backing is a holdover from the days when most reels had zero drag and it was off to the races whenever you hooked a fish. That's why I've got a ton on my Hardy Marquis 2, but no more than 100 on my Litespeeds and Tibors. (I'm saying this in hopes that the fishing gods--ironically attuned as they are--will have the next fish I hook break me off at the spool.)
 

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Lightspeed 3.5

In the interest of using the Lightspeed 3.5 that I already had, and not go out and purchase another reel, I spooled on 150 yards of 20 pound spectra backing behind the Windcutter 789 tips line.

If I decide to target larger fish, I'll be stepping up to a bigger rod and bigger reel , but for now this will do me for Steelhead and smaller Salmon on the 7/8 rod that I'm using.

Keep in mind that I'm an utter Spey newbie and while I have managed to lose all 3 Salmon I've hooked due to ineptitude on my part, I did not feel underpowered on the 20 pound class fish (per my guide) that I hooked. This fish barely took me into the backing on the first upstream run, and not at all when it turned and ran downstream. YMMV of course.

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To be honest, I'm really not sure what spey line to use if I had a Sage 8wt spey and the litespeed 3.5. What would be a Great "all around" spey line for say summer/winter steelhead and an occasion 20 lb salmon, could you say the med windcutter 7/8/9 that you mentioned? I could say I'm a beginner too in spey fishing but have no doubt that I'll be do those "dragon cast" and 110' + cast within the next year, not to be arrogant or anything, I just plan on doing ALOT of practice to make perfection that I have a passion for.
Thanks!

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Give Aaron at River Run a call he can give you some line choices.
He has a 8136 in his try rack and plenty of different lines to try before you buy.

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Peter,

Go for a 7/8 XLT and head to the Mighty Cow......
 
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