Suggestions for a reel to match my 6-weight?

weiliwen

Active Member
#1
I had a very frustrating day on the water with my Sage combo, and am ready to try another reel. I have an old (maybe 1994-95?) Sage Graphite II Discovery rod, 9 ft, 6 weight, that came with a Sage 106M reel. I hate that reel, sorry to say. The click is deafening, and my drag doesn't seem to work, so it's like a rimfly reel. Time for an upgrade on the reel. I am looking for something that matches the Sage DS, weight-wise, and hopefully below $150. BTW, I am not in a great hurry to get this, so I have time to shop, research, etc. I'll probably keep my eye on the classified section for the right reel.

Any suggestions?
 

kmac

Active Member
#4
If you're interested in somewhat older reels with standard size arbor, but good drag, durable and reliable design, check out Teton reels and Scientific Anglers System 2 reels. Both can be found on eBay for less than $100. I have them in size 4 through 7 at and have been very pleased. The Tetons fetch somewhat higher prices, but they also made a less expensive reel called the Tioga which was not as pretty, but anodized aluminum and same drag as the Teton. For new 6wt and higher I second the recommendations for Allen reels.
 

weiliwen

Active Member
#5
Thanks for the good advice. At this point, I'm not sure whether to go with a less expensive new one or wait for an older used one that's perhaps a higher end reel. 6 weight is getting to the point where a drag comes in handy. I won't likely be using this rod and reel for the rest of the year (I'm in Chicago and the pond bass I fish for can be caught on a 4-5 weight no problem), so I have some time to ponder it.
 

Porter

Active Member
#7
I like the 106M...but try a ross cimarron or gunnison 3. That rod was meant to have a simple reel with an ounce of beef on it and those two fit the bell. I prefer the Cimarron 3. 3.5" diameter. balance rod well. But as you know there are many out there ...and many will work. You can get a decent to new ross cimarron for 100.00 plus minus 10.00 off ebay...they are for sale often on ebay. Sweet simple reel with decent drag.
 

weiliwen

Active Member
#9
Thanks, folks. Porter, I know many like that reel, but it's SO LOUD! I haven't found a way to make it quiet without removing the pawls, which then makes the drag more or less non-functional. Using it this weekend, I was embarrassed to pull line out, because the sound rang out across the lake.

Well, now I have a wide range of newer and older reels, so the next step is to find some fly shops that have some of these so I can hold them in my hands. I'll probably have a new (to me) reel by Christmas.
 
#10
I second the Teton. Solid reel that will stop a train. You should be able to pick up an older one for under $100. Most of my reels are Teton or Lamson.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#12
Thanks, folks. Porter, I know many like that reel, but it's SO LOUD! I haven't found a way to make it quiet without removing the pawls, which then makes the drag more or less non-functional. Using it this weekend, I was embarrassed to pull line out, because the sound rang out across the lake.

Well, now I have a wide range of newer and older reels, so the next step is to find some fly shops that have some of these so I can hold them in my hands. I'll probably have a new (to me) reel by Christmas.
Think about the noise it makes when you have a nice sized fish on and he's pulling out line. That scream is what every fisherman dreams of.