My experience has been exclusively with the traditional loop reels. I have two 3Ws and a 1. Superb smooth startup and simplicity of design. My 11 year old 3W was rebuilt two years ago after hard fishing in salt water and going around the world two times. Wash with fresh water if in salt as the salt is very hard on the metal. The evotecs are a bit rich for me although I wouldn't mind having one. By the way, the 3W holds a Hardy floating spey line and 300 yds. of 30# micromite backing with some room to spare.
I got the spec for Loop reels from storlaks. Thank you.
A Traditional 3W holds a WF10 and 200yards of 30 lbs backing. But a WF10 can be very different. Do you think it holds a Windcutter 9/10/11 with 200yards of normal 30 lbs backing.
It sounds great that the reel holds 380 yards of micro backing but I´m not sure if the micro backing has any disadvantages. Any opinion?
It will hold significantly less than 200 yards of 30 lb Micron with the WC line. However, you could increase the backing capacity some by using 20 lb Micron. IMHO, Micron is the standard against which all other backing is to be judged -- great stuff.
I have a Loop 4, and it has 300 yards of Tuf-Lite 30 pound Spectra Fiber backing.
There is a ton of room left on the reel. I holds a Rio 9/10 Accelerator with tips with room to spare. I use it in the Steelhead season with my 7141 and a Mid Spey 7/8 with room to spare with the tip compensator and 15 foot furled leader.
Earlier this year I tested three of the larger Grandspeys, and everyone went on with no problem.
I don't understand why Loop stop making the Loop 4. They should come back out with it and have weights that can be added to balance the heavy Spey Rods.
They stopped making it because it wasn't selling well enough to keep it in the line. The new EvotecHD in 9-13 and 11-14 models covers those line weights very well. I know, they are heavier and more expensive, but there's only so much demand for large reels. By the way, the Loop #4 Traditional can still be had new. I'm not sure how many are left, but I order them periodically from the US importer/distributor and they're still around. I shipped one out yesterday. Ask your local Loop dealer to call the distributor and order one for you.
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