What's your favorite spey reel and why?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Matthew Gulbranson, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. I like the Ross Gunnison #5 for lighter work. It's lightweight, holds a reasonable amount of line, balances well, and has a good drag just in case. I Like the BG 6 for bigger stuff or a Momentum 6 but I am a Ross guy. There are so many choices out there and there are probably better choices that I'm not aware of but I am very happy with the ones I've made.
  2. I still like the old Hardy Marquis Salmon the best.
  3. I agree...but then I only own a couple of spey reels. Love the sound of my Salmon 2 though.
  4. Another vote for Hardy, although it doesn't necessarily have to be a Marquis. I just like them because they're classic and sound cool.

    If your budget won't allow for a Hardy, there are several English made gear pawl reels that are an excellent value. A good J.W. Young reel can be had for under $100. I recently picked up this 4", wide model Beaudex for under $60 shipped off fleabay. It weighs in at 9.5 oz empty, is built like tank and balances out a 13' spey pretty well.................


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