Reasonable cost spey reels?

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  1. surfnfish

    surfnfish Member

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    New 9 wt. switch rod for salmon en route, time for a new reel as well, only like for so many of us these days, gotta watch the budget, so...

    Best Spey Reel for $200 or less?

    Best Spey reel for $300 or less?

    as always, thanks for any helpful feedback!!
     
  2. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    for a 9 wt switch, a Lamson V4 (check Sierra Outfitters or Madison River for clearance prices) or a Meiser S2H 7/9. 245 bucks, shipped from the Red Shed. Poppy'll fix you up
    I'm sure there's others, but these two spring to mind right away.
     
  3. Keaten LaBrel

    Keaten LaBrel Formerly Tyinbugs

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    look into the loop multi or lamson guru reels for an under $300...both have really good drags and are all around solid reels
     
  4. Mike T

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    Ross CLA.
     
  5. floatinghat

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    What do you consider important in a reel?
     
  6. surfnfish

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    Saw some very positive reviews on the Lamson VelocityV4, just received a discount voucher from Sierra Trading Post, went to their website and bought the V4 for $164....think the stars algined and that is about as good a reel for the money as I will find.

    Regarding what's important in a reel - think we would all agree a smooth drag and reliability. Funny how back in the day when I was on a real shoestring budget, I was able to bring to hand a fair number of double digit trout at Crane Prairie and Klamath lakes using a cheap little SA 5/6 reel.
     
  7. floatinghat

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    If you are looking for a pawl drag reel many of the "classic" reels can be bought on ebay for the $$ you are talking. IMO one doesn't need a disk drag on a two hander steelhead.
     
  8. speyghillie

    speyghillie speyghillie

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    Hey Surfnfish,
    Scierra XDP 7/9 takes #7/9 WF9F + 130 yards 30 lbs, on sale at a store in Canada for $225.00 CND :eek:, i think there is only a couple left.
    If you want one PM me and i will send the detail.
    Gordo.
     
  9. Gary Thompson

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    Seems like I saw spey rods in sierratradingpost
     
  10. Randall Dee

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    One of these Caps reels was on ebay about a week ago. The listing expired at $135 without a single bid. I don't know anything about them, but they are made in Japan and appear to be fully machined. They are obviously a Hardy knock off. For the price, I might be tempted to try one, but I'm a sucker for the classic click pawl style. Anyone know anything about them?
     
  11. floatinghat

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    Handle looks way small on that Cap?
     
  12. surfnfish

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    Anyone looking for a great bargain for a large capacity quality spey reel might want to check out Sierra Trading Post, currently offering Orvis MACH VI 10-13WT reels for $149, and the 7-10 models for $139. Not sure how you could find a better reel for that price...
     
  13. Joe M.

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    I also like the Orvis large arbor big game reels. Good drag and an oversized handle, which is nice for cold fingers or gloves.
     
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    The Ross CLA series runs $250 plus/minus depending on size. I have a CLA5 and I've been very happy with it.
     
  15. Chukar Spey

    Chukar Spey I'll take Chukar & Steelhead all day, every day!

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    Haven't seen a vote for the Tioga's. Standard or Magnum 10 should handle the low end and a 12 Standard or Magnum would handle the upper end.

    I you can find them for less then 200, but you gotta have your whits about you.
     
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    My favorite low cost spey reels are the Orvis Battenkill disc 10/11 and the Teton Tioga 12. I know that the Orvis is definitely out of production. I liked mine so much that I started looking for used ones on ebay and I got one for $76.00! I'm sure you'd be able to find one if you keep checking ebay since these reels are "old tech". I think the Tioga is out of production too? I also saw closeouts and used on ebay. They were about $180 new. Both of these reels are basically maintenence free and reliable with smooth drags.

    Todd
     
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    Pflueger President? or Trion? I have a president 2012 with 200 yards of 30# and a 9/10 midspey with room to spare. Price around $120 if you shop around.
     
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    Ed, I don't have any reasonably priced reels. My 2 cents would be the Ross CLA or the big Lamson guru. One reel I would warn against is the trion. One hot run and that reel is toast. I'm sure if one was to look around, one could find a cheap Big Game. I have a used CLA with a 350 skagit for sale at Sandpoint Outfitters (Fullerfly's shop).
     
  20. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Okuma integraty 12 wt is like $60
     

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