What's your favorite spey reel and why?

#1
I know there are a lot of great spey reels out there, but I wanted to get the collective opinion on what your favorite reels are for spey fishing, and why. Any thoughts??
 

speyfisher

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#3
favorite spey reel and why?

For some reason, I just never got into the Hardy thing. Although Hardy, as well as a few others, make a nice reproduction of the old classic Von Hofe style reel. Very expensive, but if you're into that sort of thing and can afford it, that would be the way to go. There are a whole lot of less expensive alternatives. I have a bunch of old Redington AS13/14's. Nothing fancy, but they hold a ton of line and get the job done. I also have a nice collection of Bauer's. Overkill perhaps. But they look nice, get the job done, and they are paid for. :rofl:
 

Salmo_g

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#4
I like the Hardy Salmon II and Hardy Viscount Salmon. All Hardys are over-priced, but then I think all the quality reels in the $300 - $700 range are over-priced. The Viscount is relatively affordable if you can find one. For the light Spey or switch rod, I'm partial to my Hardy St. John. It was less than $200 when I bought it.

Why I like these Hardy reels is because it's hard to improve on perfection.

Sg
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#5
I have the Loop Evotec on all my spey reels. Great reel, but it has no clicker, which many people like for the running scream. I don't really care.
 

flybill

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#7
I like my Vosseler for my switch rod and a Hardy St. John that I recently acquired. I also really like my Tioga's (10 and 12's) and my Orvis Mach V that I have. I don't worry too much about the reel, as long as it fits the line and rod that I'm using at the moment.
 
#9
i totally agree with Salmo g, the Salmon No. 2 and the St. John will cover most if not all spey/switch rods and steelheading/salmon fishing situations. I love the fundamental simplicity yet effectiveness of these Hardy reels, they just seem "right" with spey fishing and swinging...
 

fredaevans

Active Member
#12
favorite spey reel and why?

For some reason, I just never got into the Hardy thing. Although Hardy, as well as a few others, make a nice reproduction of the old classic Von Hofe style reel. Very expensive, but if you're into that sort of thing and can afford it, that would be the way to go. There are a whole lot of less expensive alternatives. I have a bunch of old Redington AS13/14's. Nothing fancy, but they hold a ton of line and get the job done. I also have a nice collection of Bauer's. Overkill perhaps. But they look nice, get the job done, and they are paid for. :rofl:
I'm with Jimmie here. The (can't speak to any 'new ones') were 'bullet proof' ... and when Orvis (correct?) bought them out to put them out of compitition you could get these huge reels for 'Penney's on the Dollar.' SOOOO COOL! Jim and I (and I suspect a lot of others) 'loaded up.' And I have to agree with Charles above on the Plug's; cheap as chips and they do just as they have done for over 50-70 (?) years. Nothing fancy, but if 'cost is an object' for smaller rods (switchies) you can't beat them. Only had one (over 40+ years of using same) where one gave it up. Truth be told, I had a hell of a chookie on the business end of my fly rod and it was a 'no contest.' Warped the frame; a one and only time that ever happened.
 

thewaker

Tight line takes ain't no fakes!!
#13
favorite spey reel and why?

Anything that clicks and doesn't go "Free Willy" is a plus in my book. I have had very few if any issues with click pawl type reels if I take care of them.

Mark