Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by doublespey, Sep 25, 2008.
jezzus who freaking cares what the reel sounds like if you get a head on be happy you got head
No doubt Kerry, but considering how few fish we catch we may as well enjoy our gear. I have always had reels that click, so when I have used reels that dont I have felt like there was something wrong with the reel, like the spool wasnt all the way in or something. Just what Im used to.
Stick with the click!
The fine tuned high pitch of a modern machined reel is music to the ears but there is something to the low raw guteral sound of say an old Pflueger reel on the defensive that gets the adrenalin going.
I feel the experience is Heightened when all senses are pinging. You definately feel the fish when he's running, you sometimes see him as he flies out of the water, and then hearing a reel scream out line as all this happens makes it that much more enjoyable (for me anyway). I love loud reels, and am about to get rid of my nautilus 12 simply because it is to damn quiet.
Oh Yeah....Sight, touch, and sound all going on at the same time....memories...oh Sweet memories.
Well said. I picked up a Hardy Salmon II for this season. It sings a lovely song.
Anybody fish those Spey Company Reels?
I played around with one last Sunday and it's safe to say that my next reel will be a Spey Company reel. Very light, sound as anything, and oh so noisey :thumb:.
I have the summer spey made by the Spey Company, and it's sweet. Finally got to hear it sing a while back and it rocked! I actually had an issue with the pawl flipping, but it turns out Tim's putting pins in so the pawl can't flip on all the reels he makes now (mine was one of the first made). He was super cool about updating mine, and turned it around within a week. I'll be buying another reel from him for sure.
Thinking about the Snake Roll model handle...anybody mess with the palming ability with a snake handle?
I am still waiting for someone to come out with a traditional and elegant snake handled spey reel for less than 250$.
I would guess it would be easy to do considering what a nice complex reel you can get for a lot less than 250$ these days and that the drag can be a clicker.
If I remember correctly, my summer spey doesn't have a palming rim. You "palm" it by applying pressure to the back plate, much the same as a bougle. I don't think an S handle would be any different than the standard one in this situation, other than you're twice as likely to get hit in the knuckles if you're not paying attention!
I picked up a Hardy St Aiden for a short light spey rod. It felt great, as light as a single hand rod. I never fished a click pawl without a rim for control and wondered how it would handle. Luckily the steelhead gods granted me that wish this past weekend. Reel worked great and I instinctively controlled the reel from the inside and made quick work for a perfect wild fish.
I started with Ross Big Game and Tibor for my speys, but saw no need for a drag system for steelies. If I went to a drag reel now, I would take a serious look at Danielsons reels that my fishing buddy uses. Not for sound, but smoothness under low drag pressure.
Nearly all of my fishing needs no drag and I love the sound of a Hardy ripping off line. Hookups are so rare, why not make the most out of it. After this weekend, I am sold on the St Aiden for my setup.
If you can find one , or the other , a Penn Freshwater 4 , or the Don from Sharpes (same reel , different colors) . The loudest click on any disk drag reel I`ve ever heard . Louder than my Hardy Salmon #2 . The drag design is a bit quirky , having a disk built into the spindle , but also uses a double pawl set-up . You can set them to run silent , or scream like a Banshee . You can also change from right , to left hand retrieve by turning a knob on the backside of the reel .
The reel is also fairly hefty , and will hold enough backing for any Spey line made today .