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If you could get a big reel built especially for DH fly rods, what would you want.
Large diameter, like 5+ inches.
LA design.
Good drag....carbon or cork
high retrieve rate
Or what?????

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Absolutly NO doubts on this!!
There is a choice of two types,
1) A Bogdan in the right size - certainly a 300M for 15',9/10 lines and a 400M for everything bigger. For small rods a 150M.
2) A Perfect - not one of the modern repro. ones despite that they are marketed by Hardy. 4.25 or even 4.5 with big rods, 3.75 for smaller rods.

The problem of course is that both are difficult to source just when you want one and, secondly, good ones are very expensive.

I am a firm believer in having a good heavy reel. It acts as a pivot and makes all-day use of a big rod easier. It may be a slight handicap when you go to the absolute limit of your ability....but that should be not too often. It is simpler to use a more powerful outfit than struggle with something too weak for the job - this applies to the person who always seems to be at the limit, NOT to the tournament guy who has only a matter of minutes in which to strain his well trained joints, muscles and tendons.

SO, if someone can produce similar reels to the above at aan attractive price, reasonable distribution and now -I will be a customer.

Happy new year all from the banks of Tweed.



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If you are going to be using heavy long belly lines then 5" may be necessary if it is a large arbor. That, of course, would depend upon the manufacturs"s definition of large arbor. I have a Peerless 4A (small arbor, click drag) that will take any line on the market + a minimum of 250 yards of 30# backing. Useable spool space on that reel is approx. 3 3/4 deep and 1 1/4 wide. I know you are not looking for click drag, just using it as an example of capacity.

So Large Arbor:
Fast retrieve(good thing)
Reduced capaciy relative to size (may be bad thing)
Mid Arbor: Fast retrieve, larger capacity relative to size
Small arbor can be fast retrieve IF it is big, wider spool and the fish does not rip you for 100+ yards of backing.

I am sure others may disagree, but I stay far away from cork. If it is very well sealed you may be OK. If the cork is exposed and the reel gets wet .... Imagine that when fishing ... You will have a problem. The cork has to be lubricated or it will shred upon rotation when compressed against harder surfaces within the drag system. Wet greased cork is not well known for generating any sort of friction at this point .... can you say free spool.

I use reels with click pawl or well sealed carbon fiber. My test of a new reel is to set the drag to support the reels weight. Put in a container of water, come back an hour later. If it slips it goes back, if not, its a keeper.

So all of this pontification to say ... Dealers choice


Tweedside,
This may be an option for you, although I do not know the wait time, but it is probably less the the average of 2 years from Bogdan.

Go to 3w's.westslopefly. enter the fly reel section and look for the Kineya model 705. At 17.6 oz (500 grams) it may be heavy enough to meet your needs. While you are there you may want to check out Ted Godfrey's Salmon III at 12.5oz it may be too light for you.

Rich
 
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