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My Riptide balances well with T&T 12' 6-wt and 13' 7-wt Spey rods.

With a WindCutter 6.7.8, 200 yards of SA 30 pound dacron backing can be spooled. With a Skagit 550 or 650, about 150 yards of this backing can be held.
 

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As Bob said, it's a great reel for small lines. Standard weight forward 10wt line and 200 yds of #30 doesn't translate into much spey capacity. Mine didn't get much use until I got an airflo skagit line. Unless you plan on using it on smaller rods, or dedicated shooting head/skagit reel, I would look for something bigger if you don't already own it.
 

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Far be it from me to question "The Continental";) but what do you consider plenty of backing and are you talking 30 pound dacron? Do you have 100yds on there? I personally agree that 100yds on a large arbor reel is enough, but I can't imagine you could get 100 on there.
 

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No more champayne for you, Philster! Actually, I remembered that I've got a 7/8 airflo multi on the Tibor, not an 8/9. It's got _about_ 100 yards of 30 lb. backing. I should say, though, that I've never come close to getting even half of that backing out on that reel, drag being what it is. The day may come, of course.
 

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Anyone using a Tibor Riptide with their Spey rod? Thinking of getting the reel and wondered if it will handle a Spey line plus backing. FishHawk
I do. Have Riptide on a Burkie 7127 with an Airflo FIST and 10' of T14 and plenty of backing. Great Reel!
 

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I have one as well, use it for the single hand rod with a 9 weight intermediate for stripers and then on a buelah 8/9 switch for Great Lakes Tribs. Backing capacity is the only negative and I use power pro 50 pound to deal with that. Reel is pretty much bomb proof and takes saltwater dunking no problem.
 

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Anyone using a Tibor Riptide with their Spey rod? Thinking of getting the reel and wondered if it will handle a Spey line plus backing. FishHawk
They are light so you may want to try the Tibor Gulfstream. Great large arbor with awesome Drag and tons of backing capacity. IF you can't get your hands on one at a local shop, let me know and perhaps I could loan you mine to put on the rod and get a good feel for it. Good luck!
 

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I have the Gulf Stream (pretty sure). It's nice, but the running line can go through the slot and between the frame and arbor (I think this is the right terminology). It's happened to me 2-3x already and it's pretty annoying, so if you get the reel, use a thicker running line (not mono) so it can't squeeze through that gap.
 
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