Reasonable cost spey reels?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by surfnfish, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. 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. 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. 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. Ross CLA.
  5. What do you consider important in a reel?
  6. 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. 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. 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.
  9. Seems like I saw spey rods in sierratradingpost
  10. 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. Handle looks way small on that Cap?
  12. 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. I also like the Orvis large arbor big game reels. Good drag and an oversized handle, which is nice for cold fingers or gloves.
  14. The Ross CLA series runs $250 plus/minus depending on size. I have a CLA5 and I've been very happy with it.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. Okuma integraty 12 wt is like $60

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