Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by sandspanker, Nov 18, 2010.
What are my options for reels? Thank you
Most good sized 9/10 wt rated reels would work. Some will need a bit more size. Make sure that you verify that your line and enough backing will fit. On my 7 and 8wt switches I use a Vosseler S2 and it is awesome. On the 7 I can also use a Galvan Torque and it holds full lines and lots of backing. I think the balance feels fine. So many good options out there. What is your budget, preferences in companies, etc?
That's about the most open ended question ever.
For my 7wt switch, I use a Nautilus CCF8, which is an 8/9wt size reel. An 8wt would be best fitted with a 9/10
I don't know how much you want to spend. There are a lot of great reels. But for your money, I would go with Allen fly fishing There are a lot of fishernan on this site that have them. I just put my name on a 8/9 reel and will have it in a week or so. I'm also saving for one of his 8wt switch rod.
Allen's Alpha 9/10 is what I'm using on my 7/8 wt switch with a 9wt 40+ line and 100 yards of backing. Plenty of room for more backing also...that's just what I had laying around.
Good answers above, but the size of the reel (personal opinion here only) depends upon two things: Rod balance is the first, and type of line you'll be loading on same. For my lighter rods (for 'disclosure' here I prefer Scandi heads for most of my fishing) a Ross CLA 5 for the lightest of equipment, and a Ross CLA 6 will hold a hell of a lot of line/shooting line and 125-150 yards of 30# backing for the bigger rods.
Either reel (straight retail) will run about $225-$250 USD.
I fish a Lamson Guru 3.5 on my switch. Lightweight and dependable drag system. Oh yeah, and totally affordable.
I use a Redington CDL 11/12 for my 8wt switch....it may seem a little big but its my only spey reel I have right now so its used for multiple tips for different rods....still the drag is great and they're affordable, even when they were still made and new.