Reel for 13'3" 7 weight Sage 7133-4 VXP

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  1. brettgaba

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    Hi, all. I just picked up my first spey rod and I'm in the process of outfitting myself to begin steelheading. I've read that balancing the rod with the proper reel is a major consideration in spey rod outfits and I wanted to see if anyone had any input on reels that would match the Sage 7 weight I just picked up. I am considering a Lamson Litespeed 4, but was wondering if I would be better off with something heavier. Considering a Tibor but not sure if the Everglades or Riptide would be better here. Any advice or opinions would be hugely appreciated.
     
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    Do not go with lamson. They are just too light. They are fantastic single hand reels. If you want a good reel that will balance that rod I would get the ross cla 5 or 6. If u want an old school clicker look at those as well.
     
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    Thanks, D! Good input. Any if the Tibor Everglades or Riptide would be a better fit? The everglades weighs 8.5 and the riptide weighs 9.5. I feel like the riptide might be overkill.
     
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    Go with the Riptide. The VXP is a heavy feeling rod.
     
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    Riptide. The Everglades may not have enough capacity for the lines you end up using. On the classic side of things, a Hardy Marquis Salmon 2, Bougle or Perfect 4 will work well.

    briansII
     
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    which bougle? the 3.5" or 4"?

    not 100% sold on the tibors, just saw a nice deal online somewhere and thought I might go that route.
     
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    man up & buy a Saracione
     
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    Man up and put yours up for sale. :p
     
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    The Saraciones are beautifu,l for sure. Maybe in a few years. I got a great deal on my VXP so my savings there are allowing me to splurge just a bit on my reel. I'm also selling some rods and reels that I'm not using a lot since I moved out west so we're kind of talking about Monopoly money here.
     
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    In that case. Do not pass go, and give me 200 dollars.
     
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    When I pass on you can buy it and some hardy Bougles,perfects,and vintage j.w. Young reels at the estate sale for 10.00 bucks a piece or less if my nieces have their way ! Stay tuned in for time & place..
     
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    I've got a Ross CLA 5 for sale
     
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    Get a nautilus if you want to spend cash on a reel.
     
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    I personally think weight does not matter much, but I like large capacity and as fast a pickup speed as possible.

    If you are just getting started, try an Echo Ion 8/10. It has plenty of mass, plenty of line capacity (put lots of backing on to take advantage of the large spool diameter) and give it a go. Some people don't like the Echo drag, but its been enough for steelhead. Either way you'd only be out about $50. If you cannot find one for $50, shoot me a PM. I'll sell you one for that + postage :)
     
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    If you have the juice for a Tibor, get a Hatch instead. Better drag, maintenance free, awesome warranty, plus they just look sexy. I have a 9plus on my 7133 Winston and love it to death. No I will not sell it to you.
     
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    Found a very generous deal on a loop classic 7/9.

    Beautiful reel, would 11.9 oz be too heavy?
     

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