What size reel do I want to be matching up with my new 4wt trout spey?
haha- Ive no idea. I'm old- I've used that reel for several different set ups over the past 35 years. I think they'd have specs on the Hardy site. But I run 100 yards of 20 lb Dacron, 80 ft of 30 lb mono running line, and a variety of heads from 270 to 325.What if the reel says 5/6/7?
How did sizes work in terms of inches? like 3" 5/8 is a 7 wt reel?
Hows the sound on the medalist?I recommend the Sage Trout Spey reel. It has a closed cage and a very well designed adjustable drag. It doesn't have the gear and pawl old school type of appeal, but it is appealing in its own right in either black or a retro Sage bronze-like color. I use this reel on my 11 ft 4 wt two handed rod. I also have a couple of the new Pflueger Medalist fly reel in size 7/8 which is a solid Chinese made gear and pawl reel with a closed cage and surprisingly good manufacturing tolerances. I know that doesn't rate up there with the classic Hardy reels, but it is inexpensive and solidly made and pairs well with the 4 wt. Follow your taste and budget. An argument can be made for getting the best reel you can afford, which in the long run is cheaper than getting several less expensive reels.
Definitely looking more into this reel. Before seeing it, I was really hoping for a click and paw, but this design is so different. On big trout would you just palm drag them?Yes it is.
It has no break but the tension protects it for over run.
It's very low cost but its perfect!
I love the design!