Beulah 13' 8" 8wt but which reel?

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    Need some insight. I picked up a Beulah 13' 8" 8wt and need to pair it with a reel which will balance it nicely. In a perfect world it'd be an antique but I am thinking of the Galvan Torque T10. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
     
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    balance is irrelevant.. buy the reel you like typically something that carries a WF 10 and 250 yards of backing is the right size for spey rods in the 12- 13 foot range.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    While I wouldn't go as far as to say that balance is completely irrelevant, the advice is solid. You'll want to go up at least one whole reel size, so, say, if you went with a Hatch, 7 Plus would be the 8-weight single hand size, you'll want a 9 Plus.

    I'm not familiar with that particular rod, but most 14' rods will be fine in the 9-10oz range.
     
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    E bay. You might consider what style line you intend to use. Short Skagit heads wouldn't need a really large reel like a long bellied spey. To me that's more of a concern than where the rod balances out.
     
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    I would strongly urge you to consider buying used. You will have many choices and people willing to part with their lightly used and in like new condition for about 1/2 what you would pay for a new reel. Decide if you want a clicker or a drag reel....then hunt one down on EBay, this site, or on Spey pages.

    You will have no problem locating what you want and won't need to buy new.
     
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    Thank you all for your advice. I am looking at a few models: Nothing set in stone. I'll keep an eye out online for deals.
     
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    Go used as suggested above. I just picked up a Lamson LP4 on the classifieds here, had the seller ship it to Archuleta Reelworks where Bill serviced it, including an upgraded clutch and sold me a spare spool to match. Total cost, $200. Previously found a mint Lamson Velocity4, found a spare spool (new); total cost less than $175. Either one balances and carries enough line for a 13’-6” eight weight.
     
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    Thank you for the advice Robert!
     
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    FWIW, my 13' 9" 8-weight Sage balances fine with my Leland British Columbia Steelhead reel (between 10 and 11 ounces, empty).
     

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