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Any toughts on best reel for 6126. i know this has been covered in many threads, but ideally, i'd like to use one of my existing reels and not buy a new one - i'm thinking about one of my tibors - perhaps riptide - but for some reason seems a little big? what about the everglades? seems a little small. Also have an abel super 11? could potentially get new spools for any or them too. any recos would be good - probably planning on a midspey 6/7

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The Riptide is right your application, definitely not too large. The reel on a spey rod must balance the outfit at he upper area of the upper grip. See Simon Gawesworth's book, Spey Casting, for details of selecting a reel to balance your rod. The common error is to select a too small [too light] reel.
 

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Very fond of my Bauer M4 on the 6126. It may not be "spey" enough for some but the size seems right to me and capacity is fine for what I throw.
 

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works well for the Sage 7136, so something comparable would work well for the 6126.
 

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I have a Loop 3W with a spare spool for my Sage 6126. One spool has a Skagit 450 on it, and the other spool has a MS 7/8 with tips with about 200 yards of backing on each spool.

The balance is excellent.
 

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I have a Loop (Danielsson) 8-12 as well as a 3W. The 8-12 is light, holds more than enough backing, and just looks really nice on the rod you mention. I have the exact rod, myself!

-Chris
 

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The Riptide is a very nice reel. If you opt to purchase a reel specifically for this rod, I also have a Danielsson 8-12 on a rod that the same line, the CND 13'4" Solstice. I think that balances nicely and looks great. I have a spool that has the Midspey 6/7 on it and it has 200 yds of 20# backing on it and it can hold more.

David
 
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