Reel to Pair with a Death Star

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Rod Wittner, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    West Richland, WA
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    I just purchased a TCX 7126-4 and am looking for a reel that will balance the set up nicely. So, what 'cha got on YOUR Death Star?

    I am also interested in your opinions on what you like for a floater and intermediate skagit line.

    Thanks.
  2. Evan Virnoche Outerspeyz Fly-style

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    lamson guru, or velocity
  3. Evan Virnoche Outerspeyz Fly-style

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    but i dont have a death star so my opinion isnt valid i just realized
  4. Tom Palmer Member

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    Seattle, WA
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    For my 7126 I like a reel in the 8-9oz range. I switch between an Abel super 12 and Ross Canyon 5. Hardy Bougle 4" and Salmon Marquis #2 will also get it done if you like old school.

    For floating work, a Rio AFS 460gr is my go-to line. Airflo Rage in 510gr when it's windy.
    Intermediate skagit I like the Airflo 510.

    Great rod- a classic.
  5. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I like the lamson velocity 4. I have two now...but i think an echo ion 8 would be great as well. Ive fished mine with Skagits in the 525 range (flight, floating and regular short) and an iFlight 600. Cast all of them fine, but i like the lighter heads more.
  6. biere.froide New Member

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    Bothell, WA
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    My setup is a Lamson Litespeed 4 with a RIO 525gr Skagit Max Short and the 10' to 12' RIO MOW T11 tips. I am a novice and this setup is working very well for me. I also like the design of the new Lamson Arx reels.
  7. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Tacoma, WA
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    I use a Ross BG -6 but have also used an Orvis Battenkil large arbor 6. They both balance well.
  8. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    Thanks for your suggestions, guys. I appreciate it. I am thinking Velocity.
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  9. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    I'm partial to a hardy 3 1/2 bougle mark IV
  10. pbunbury Tights Lines

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    I use an Abel Super 11/12N with my Deathstar
  11. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    inland
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    round, not too heavy, and black, it goes with everything.

    rio shorthead spey 510
  12. biere.froide New Member

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    Bothell, WA
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    Recommend the Nautilus CCF 12DD or 12 also. Not cheap but the retrieve and drag are nice!
  13. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    X wing fighter.
    Envious of the dubious choice ahead of you.
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  14. aplTyler Inept Steelheader

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    I asked the same question a while back and based on some suggestions, I swapped to a Hardy Marquis Salmon 2... great match if you don't mind not having disc drag.
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  15. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    West Richland, WA
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    Interesting you say that. I have been looking at the Marquis Salmon 2 as well. I recently bought a Hardy 8000DD for my Beulah Platinum 6 wt. I like it.
  16. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    I just looked at the Abel Super series... Uh, That one won't be happening...
  17. briansII Member

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    What price range are looking at?

    I'm using 3 different reels. A Marquis, Sage 4210, and Nautilus NV 10/11. Looks and price vary, but all work just fine with the rod.

    Skagit floaters from 525, all the way up to 600. Airflo Rage 510.

    briansII
  18. rustybee Member

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    I second Nautilus NV 10/11.
    Whatever you choose, error on it being slightly heavier than lighter.