What reel do you use on your TCX 7126?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by aplTyler, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. aplTyler Inept Steelheader

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    The Evergreen State
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    I recently picked up a Deathstar and I want to match a new reel to it.

    I currently have a Guru 4 (what I'll use on it for now) and a Hardy Marquis Salmon 3 (too big for the rod). I'm likely going to dump the Hardy because I don't have a rod to use it on at the time (and the Deathstar can handle heavy enough tips that I doubt I'll find a need for an 8 wt+ spey reel anytime soon).

    I'd like to stay between $250 and $450 on a reel purchase so any calls for a Hatch 7 plus will sadly not help much. The Guru I have is fine and dandy though I may send it in to Lamson because the spool is getting a little too freespool friendly.

    I'm looking at Solitude S5 reels, Nautilus CCF 10(?), Lamson Guru HD (like the cage a whole lot) and the Lamson ARX. Maybe a CLA 5? There are so many reels out there that I want to make a good call. The rod weighs 7 5/8 oz and I don't honestly know what reel weight I should be looking for... an ounce heavier? two ounces? I would love to get some opinions.

    Oh, and I plan to use strictly shooting head systems with this rod (scandi, rage, and skagit compact lines... no mid bellies as I'm still pretty new to the spey game).

  2. Sean Beauchamp Teepee Creatchin'

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    Trade the salmon 3 for a salmon 2. Fits and fishes perfectly.

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  3. aplTyler Inept Steelheader

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    That's an option right there. Nice 'nook!
  4. Steve Saville Active Member

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    I use an Orvis Battenkill large arbor #5 jn gold color. Looks nice and performs well. It was also relatively inexpensive; bought from a forum member in new condition.
  5. aplTyler Inept Steelheader

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    I ended up doing just that. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking forward to getting the No. 2 and taking the rig out for some dawn patrol fishing.
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  6. bjornjon Member

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    That Marquis 2 is hard to beat. I've got a Bougle that is a beautiful reel, but for strictly fishing purposes my Marquis was right up there. Good choice.
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  7. sashjo Member

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    Lakewood, WA.
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    Nothing beats the Ross F1 #5 on a Deathstar.
  8. Sunray shadow New Member

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    speyco or loop or saracione or hardy perfect
  9. Explosion5000 New Member

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    I am about to pull the trigger on a Deathstar and am seriously considering a Ross F1 #5 as well. I have a #3 F1 on my Sage One 6wt and love it. Can you share some of your decision making process for selecting the F1 #5 for the Deathstar? Also, what line/grain did you decide to go with? Pros and cons? A reply or PM would be much appreciated! Thanks. :cool:
  10. Benjy Active Member

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    Tacoma, WA
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    Abel Super 10 on mine. Balances well and haven't been spooled yet. It holds plenty of backing.