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Looking for a Danielsson for a 9 foot 8 weight single handed rod to be used for Atlantic salmon. I'm down to two reels and wondering if I need to consider anything other than personal preference. Thinking of either the F3W 7ten or the L5W 6nine. The backing capacity is similar, one is 155 meters of 30lb and the other is 230 meters of 20lb. I think the F3W is what they call a drag setting of 3 and the L5W is 4. As well I think the F3W is narrower but larger in diameter vice versa for the L5W. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks, Leo.
 

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6/9 as it also will allow you to use it for strippers or other larger species in the same class, eo..I think you knew the answer already :)
 

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Leo,

L5W8-12 will fully satisfy you line capacity, weight 230 g, faster retrieve. It comes with level 4 drag-set up. Keep in mind you can lower or increase drag set-up. All set-up s starts with min., but lower level allows for more gradual changes in tension. When you crank drag at maximum in setting 4 at, it is overkill for any salmon, but more suitable for big salt water fish.
For Atlanitcs, Chinook level 3 is perfect, but 4 is fine too. As you know,, drag knob moves from 0 to 300 degree, and at level 3 at 300 degree ( max) you get approx. tension = to 200-230 degree at level 4.

L5W 8-12 is USD 50 more expensive and you probably already own one.
 

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Bolen I do own one and have tried it on said rod. It is okay but maybe just a touch on the heavy side. Not sure what to do. Leaning towards the 6nine as Back Eddy suggested.
 

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As stated You will be spot on with the 6/9,

I spend a lot of time setting up my reels, Pick a main Line, add running line then Dacron Backing, spool on until I am happy with the amount of line on the reel, use the reel winder then reverse the operation, I like my reels between 7/8 and 15/16th capacity.
 

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If of any help.

I chose a F3W 7-10 for my 9 foot 8 weight. It balances almost perfectly the rod, maybe a little bit too light ...I agree that a bit heavier would balance better but for me having a large arbor was more important. Also I use my one handed rod mainly for trowing bomber at atlantics so I figured having the perfect balance was less an issue then when swinging all day... Havent fished it yet though..
 

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I have all the reels mentioned so far. I use the F3W 4Seven on my 6 wt single hand rods. I use the L5W 6Nine on my trout spey and switch rods. The L5W 4Seven will accept the 6Nine spools, so you can the complete L5W 4Seven for a lighter outfit and order an extra spool in the 6Nine size for the salmon. The spools are less than half price of the full reel.
 

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Gene What I got out of your overview,

X squared- 3 to the power of 10 divided by the sub root polynomial coefficient of Pi equals.

Just pulling your leg LMAO
 
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I have not fished for Atlantic coming in from the Ocean on a SH, but what I can say ...

For GL Steelhead, I continue to use the Traditional Reels 2W and 3W, and landed a few chinook on them to with a SH rod. The old Scott ARC 10' 7wt or 9wt 4pc. My entry into Steelhead quickly taught the value to quickly retrieve and control of the fish, so I move in the 1990s to large arbour, learnt how to fight by palming, move to right hand and appreciated the "drag" setting is on the same as the handle.

I do use the L5W 8twelve for SH 9' rods in the salt. Bonefish, Permit, et cetera. This same reel gets re-used for my Meiser CX 13'6" 7wt, which has land couple of Atlantic (I rarely fish for Atlantic).

* 7+wt Spey and 9wt+ single HD rods will have 30# backing. I note this, as it does influence my choice.

I think the choice may also reflect the intended water. In most of my Steelhead locations where I am using a SH rod, a fish that runs 100m is likely to be lost. If this was also true on your waters, pick the smaller reel.

I find in even the open space fishing for permit - where I do not have shoreline, rapids et cetera - 150m is way out there, and still a lot can go wrong. You need the heavier backing to keep tension, et cetera, and there is a still a medium to low chance of converting a hookup to a landed fish.

To me the practical issue would be the intended location. Can a fish run 100m+ and you still maintain control.
 

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Leo, you will be fine with either model, it's more of a sense of which reel you like looking at best :hihi:
In my opinion, whether you are using a "full integrated" line or a shooting head set-up, any more than 50-80 meters of backing out, you lost control of the salmon. As raspberry-patch already mentioned, a lot happens at 100 meters away from you.

Pick a reel that balances well on your rod and you like looking at ... that will be the one to get :)


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I have them both.
I actually have 3 of the 6/9's and they are awesome reels; both for Atlantics and bonefish. Assuming that the rod is a newer light variety (in ounces - not line weight), you will be pleased with the pairing. The reels are lighter even lined than most click/pawl reels, but the drag is incredibly smooth and will stop a bus.
My F3W is new to the collection, and is rigged on a guest rod at the camp so I can't speak to the qualities of that drag system...but I have faith in the engineering.
Good luck in your purchase.
 
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