3 wt Reel

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Rob Ast, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    Well there are some real gems out there as far as "light line holders". I personally love having a nice looking reel on my nice looking rod. If you hunt long enough on ebay you will find some great ones.

    $60-$80 Redington CT 2/3
    This reel is no longer offered by Redington but is a killer reel for the price. You can find one
    everyonce in a while on ebay for $60-$80 dollars. It is a click-and-pawl design much like Hardy and Orvis.

    $80-$120 A Ross Colorado 1.
    These reels are heavier but will stand up to the four horsemen and laugh. You really can't kill them.

    $120-$180 Orvis CFO I
    This reel in the older Click-and-Pawl action is a very sought after reel. To many it is the ultimate light line reel. Simple and effective but still a work of art. The new CFO's can be had for $180 but they are drag reels and a bit heavier.

    $200-$500 Hardy Lightweight "Flyweight" Reel
    This is a real work of art and a great reel. Finding one under $400 dollars can be a trick believe me I looked for several months before someone had one for $199 by it now. This reel is basically like the CFO and CT reels but just nicer. Kind of like a Lexus LS400 vs a Camry, same car just nicer.

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  2. sashjo

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    I agree going light. I had a System 2 reel on my 8 wt. Last winter, a steelhead broke the drag so I replaced with an Evo. Much more enjoyable to cast with the light reel.
     
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    I agree with John, if you can find a CFO 1, I have a few of the older one's and still working perfectly, excellent for 2,3,small stream 4 wts and while I don't use them like I did when younger they have been abused like a ... nevermind
     
  4. Chris Puma

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    i have a 3 weight CFO reel used 4-5 times. you want to buy it? great lightweight reel. aesthetically pleasing.
     
  5. tyler

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    i'm a bit of a reel junkie and like john, i like having nice reels on my rods. my light line reel collection includes: galvan OB2, tibor light spring creek, and a danielsson nymph w. i think the galvan and the tibor could put the brakes on a bonefish, and the danielsson is a clever piece of engineering that is light as a feather.

    chris, i might be interested in your CFO... oops, i did it again.

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    Ross Flystart!!

    Great reel-great price
     
  7. Steven Mobley

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    I just acquired an Abel TR-1 for my 2 wt TFO IM6 rod. It casts the 2 wt SA XPS line like theres no tomorrow! The reel is only a clicker type drag, but I never get into trouble with 6-8" trout anyway. I also got a Hardy Marksman for my 4/5 wt Winston IM6. I disagree wth the person who stated the reel's drag(?) would break a fine tippet. My experience using 4x and 5x tippet with this reel and rod combo has done nothing but exceed my expectations. The reel is extremely light weight and the clicker drag is more than light enough. IMHO, the rod should be takimg up most of the presure exerted by the fish anyway, not the reel. At any rate, I'm one of the believers who think the reel is simply meant to hold line on rods lighter than a 6 wt. Buy something light that plays out line smoothly, looks great on your rod and you have your winner.
     
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    I use a Lampson Velocity 1.5 on my Sage SP-389. I've been very pleased.

    GBeeman
     
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    Johnson Wozniak Banned or Parked

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    Hmmm, interesting... :confused:

    What am I supposed to say? They make good reels. A bit heavy, but they have a nice drag and are built well for the price. I haven't really made a habit of keeping up with industry gossip... too many other things to do - fishing mostly. I guess if he screws his guys over he'll go out of business eventually. If he's still around, who knows? Sounds like an anonymous comment from a disgruntled flyfishing nerd.
     
  11. coffeeand trout

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    I use a Galvan Standard 2.75, has about 30 yds 10 lb. backing and a smooth as silk drag, used it on big fish on Omak lake with 5X tippet and didn't lose a fish to busted tippet, a couple of fish were in the 5+ lb. range. Granted, if it had been Rainbows, it'd be a different story. Around $160.00 but well worth the money and a nice balance for the rod I have it on. Lifetime guarantee on manufacturing and a classic looking reel. Stuck a 444 on it and am as happy as a clam.

    Coffee and trout
     
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    Just wanted to say thanks to all who responded - just about covered the gamut from $25-$500 reels. I think I'll have to see how the rod turns out before I decide how much to spend on the jewlery.

    Rob
     
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    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    thanks yuhina. it's an incredible reel. i don't own a 3 weight anymore so i have no use for it.