6 Weight Spey - Reel Recs

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Broderick Smith, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. golfman65

    golfman65 Guest

    Hardy Taupo on mine...was looking at a St. George but too small..other option is the abel switch which holds enough backing etc. biggest thing is you don't want a heavy reel that will make you fight the rod tip all day..all the above are good choices..the abel for some reason on the ones i've tried had super weak springs but I got Archulleta to fix that for me...
    Taupo like any of the older hardies can blow up the spring on stronger fish...but had Arch fix that too...

    Should be able to find something in your price range pretty easy..just make sure it has enough room and isn't too heavy..
     
  2. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Just paired a Ross CLA 5 with my Decho 7130 and it balances well in my novice hands. I bet the CLA 4 would be a great match for the 6WT.
     
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  3. Steve Saville

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    I put an Orvis Battenkill 4 large arbor on my 5 wt. switch and a #5 on my 7 wt. spey. They balance really well and I got them relatively cheap in the classified. I think I paid less than $200 for each and they are brand new. I'd check there as you can get some pretty good deals on quality equipment. I wouldn't go after dorado with those reels but they will do nicely as a spey reel.
     
  4. Fishee

    Fishee Active Member

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    yep, what he said. Is not the ugliest nor pretty, really smooth drag and dependable. Or may a Hardy Marquis, but that might be too big for 6wt spey rod.

    Or maybe a Hardy Bougle
     
  5. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

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    It's pretty hard to beat a CLA
     
  6. fredaevans

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    Agree on the CLA comments. Have several and all tick like a good clock. Not a Rolex, but still a very good clock.
     
  7. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    What do people think about solitude reels?
    They match the size of the reel up to the length of your rod.
    https://solitudereels.com/fly-fishing-reels/solitude-4/#
    Nice looking reels at a comparable cost to the CLA 4.
    I DO have a CLA5 for my Echo TR 8 wt spey and have stopped huge coho, chum kings and steel and it still works as well as the day I got it
     
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    Only thing I have 'against' this type of reel is they've cut away so much of the thing you loose needed weight to balance the rod.
     
  9. Derek Day

    Derek Day Rockyday

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    Solitudes rock, awesome reels...if only they made a click pawl.
     
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    Allen Alpha II 9/10 would be just the right size and balances nicely on a 6wt spey or 8+ wt switch rod. I have a few and like them a lot.
     
  11. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    Bauer M4 is a good fit. This model is out of production now but they have an equivalent available.
    Hardys are great too. Classic.
     
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    I like the Allen Alpha II's for switch and spey. Good solid and smooth reels with a good price tag.
     
  13. Spencer Woods

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    Hatch 7 Plus ! Balances that rod beautifully.
     
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    The Lamson Guru is an amazing reel. I own the #2 and its hands down one of the best reels I own. Very strong and a sealed drag system. Get it you wont be disapointed!