Albacore Roll Call 2021

jasmillo

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What reels are folks on this thread using. Prior to booking this trip, the biggest rods I owned were 8 and 10 weights. I have Orvis Hydros for those rods.

I want to be considerate of the fact I probably won’t be fishing the 12 a ton. That said, I intend to chase more than tuna with it. If it was just 1-2 tuna trips a year, I’d probably not think twice and buy an Echo Bravo based on Nick’s earlier recommendation in this thread. He recommended the Orvis Hydros awhile back (previous model) and it is one of the best recommendations I have ever come across on the board. I own 6 or 7 of them now. I also have not come across a ton of reviews of the Bravo online.

If I were to use that 12 more often - maybe occasional tarpon, etc. type trips, should I consider something more like Galvin Torque or Sage Spectrum Max or would a Bravo be just fine? Do I need to consider something even more high end than the Galvan? Based on my experience buying smaller weight fly gear for years, I know higher cost does not mean better performance/durability. For those with more experience than I, does it make a difference with gear used on big saltwater species? In the end, I’ll buy what makes sense but I do not want to purchase a Mercedes when a Toyota will do the job!
 

Ryan Janos

Active Member
What reels are folks on this thread using. Prior to booking this trip, the biggest rods I owned were 8 and 10 weights. I have Orvis Hydros for those rods.

I want to be considerate of the fact I probably won’t be fishing the 12 a ton. That said, I intend to chase more than tuna with it. If it was just 1-2 tuna trips a year, I’d probably not think twice and buy an Echo Bravo based on Nick’s earlier recommendation in this thread. He recommended the Orvis Hydros awhile back (previous model) and it is one of the best recommendations I have ever come across on the board. I own 6 or 7 of them now. I also have not come across a ton of reviews of the Bravo online.

If I were to use that 12 more often - maybe occasional tarpon, etc. type trips, should I consider something more like Galvin Torque or Sage Spectrum Max or would a Bravo be just fine? Do I need to consider something even more high end than the Galvan? Based on my experience buying smaller weight fly gear for years, I know higher cost does not mean better performance/durability. For those with more experience than I, does it make a difference with gear used on big saltwater species? In the end, I’ll buy what makes sense but I do not want to purchase a Mercedes when a Toyota will do the job!
IMO Sage Spectrum drag is weak sauce for blue water fish (tho probably fine for Albies). Go Galvan, Ross, Abel if you're going to get a bunch of use out of it and if you like shiny stuff that you'll never have to replace. I've really enjoyed a Torque 10 on my 12wt. I cut down my fly line a bunch and added a ton of extra backing and I've been glad I did on a few occasions.
 

Kfish

WFF Supporter
What reels are folks on this thread using. Prior to booking this trip, the biggest rods I owned were 8 and 10 weights. I have Orvis Hydros for those rods.

I want to be considerate of the fact I probably won’t be fishing the 12 a ton. That said, I intend to chase more than tuna with it. If it was just 1-2 tuna trips a year, I’d probably not think twice and buy an Echo Bravo based on Nick’s earlier recommendation in this thread. He recommended the Orvis Hydros awhile back (previous model) and it is one of the best recommendations I have ever come across on the board. I own 6 or 7 of them now. I also have not come across a ton of reviews of the Bravo online.

If I were to use that 12 more often - maybe occasional tarpon, etc. type trips, should I consider something more like Galvin Torque or Sage Spectrum Max or would a Bravo be just fine? Do I need to consider something even more high end than the Galvan? Based on my experience buying smaller weight fly gear for years, I know higher cost does not mean better performance/durability. For those with more experience than I, does it make a difference with gear used on big saltwater species? In the end, I’ll buy what makes sense but I do not want to purchase a Mercedes when a Toyota will do the job!
I'm ordering an Echo Bravo from spawnflyfish.
Got a TFO Bluewater SG 12wt, also reasonably priced.
I don't see myself going for tuna more than once a year, or any big fish.
 

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