Reel Question

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Robert Engleheart, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Robert Engleheart

    Robert Engleheart Robert

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    After order my new Meiser Highlander, 11'-6" 5/6/7, I now have second thoughts on the reel(s) I had planned to use with it in terms of capacity/balance. I ordered one of Steve Godshall's lines from Bob to match the rod, a Scandi with integrated MendMaster running line.

    1st Choice: A sweet Bauer MZ4 w/ 2 extra spools. Currently spooled with a Rio SAS 7WT and Ambush 7 WT on other spool. Both lines fill the spools, but I suspect there is more backing than I'll need and can take it down by 1/2, I think. Previous owner fished Stripers and Baja and said it was 30# teflon-coated backing and I didn't ask, but would bet there's 200 or more yards on each spool.

    2nd Choice: Lamson Konic 3.5 I won in an auction benefit. Appears to be 1/4" wider and 1/8" deeper spool than the Bauer, so it appears it'd carry more backing, albeit approx 1 ounce lighter (6 vs. 7 +/-).

    I am thinking 100-125 yards of gel-spun backing at minimum, I can think of 2 times I've been spooled by fish and both times it wouldn't have mattered if I'd had 300 yards backing; those fish got into the current and were gone with no way to follow. For the steelhead fishing I do, if a fish gets 100 yds out, it's most likely a goner.
    Anyone having thoughts on this would be appreciated.
     
  2. nutsack angler

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    I have that rod (assuming it's the 11'7") and use a Ross Big Game 6 which can hold up to 200 yards of 30# and a 6/7 Delta no problem. It's a bit bigger than the reels you mention but I like a tad heavier reel on my short speys as kind of a pivot point to keep things central and slow
     
  3. Nooksack Mac

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    For that rod, I use a Ross Gunnison 5 with extra spools; around 6.5 oz. empty. Ample backing room, and by my non-judgmental tastes, good balance.
     
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    I like a Hardy St. John on my 11' 6" and 12' rods. Or a Sage 509 if you can find one. Simple and reliable.

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  5. PT

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    I have an MZ2 and 3. I would think the 4 or even 5 would be about right for a shorter 2 hander. Just a thought, but I really like my Bauers.
     
  6. Robert Engleheart

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    PT, the Bauer is a sweetheart. Just think I'm going to have to try it. Really don't want to put out the $ for a premium reel when I have one; if it'll do the job.
     
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    Meiser 11'7" 5/6/7 reels I have used on this rod are Abel #3, Pate Bonefish, Bauer #6. The last is bigger than you need, but all three work well and have adequate capacity. I like 30# dacron for backing.
     
  8. speyfisher

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    I too am a big fan of Bauers. Although not a fan light weight reels on two hand rods. I wrap a couple layers of lead core trolling line under the backing. On the reels with head type lines, I have more backing than I'll ever need, just to fill the spools. Forget about that gsp stuff, 30lb dacron is the way to go.
     
  9. Steve Saville

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    I use a Ross Gunnison 5 on my switch rods and 12'6 spey rod and on my 14' 9 wt., a Big Game 6 so I guess I'm in agreement with most. The G-5 holds the lines and backing yet is very lightweight and has a decent drag . I have used others; Momentum 5, BG-4, etc. but the G-5 seems to be the best match for the rods I have.
     
  10. kvn75

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    I use a Sage 3400D on my 12'6" #5/6/7 .... very nice reel
    I think Hardy Bougle 3 3/4 will balanced your rod.