Spey Reels

#16
Bob:

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#17
Hey Philster,
Do you really think you ar undergunned with a number 10 line and 200 yards of backing? Man, that's a long run and if he won't stop then, I doubt if he'll stop at all.
But I'm avoiding a large arbor all togeher if I can. I just don't get it. I mean I'll make my reel a large arbor after I've spooled on a bunch of backing. Now I've got a large arbor but I'm packing more backing.
Bob, the Hold the large arbor, please.:thumb
 
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sinktip

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#18
A lot of good suggestions for you. I would say that reel choice is driven by line choice. For the rod you have, I would suggest you stay with short to mid length bellied lines. Either the 8/9/10 WC, the 8/9 (or even 7/8) Midspey or the equivalent. For my casting style anyways, the 9140 is not a long bellied line rod. I bring this up because these lines will not require the size reel that the XLT or Grandspey lines will.

For these lines the Redington LA 11/12 will work although the 13/14 is a fine choice. Other suggestions to the list already offered are the Teton 12 ($270), the Hardy Bougle ($385).
 
#19
I started out on Tioga LA 12, then the Tioga regular arbor. Now I use the Okuma integrity 10/11 large arbor. I just strung up Accelerator 7/8, 8/9 and 9/10 with tips on three spools. That's 150 feet of big belly spey line. For Backing I use 50lb. power pro gel spun line. About a 150 yards worth of backing. I also am stringing up a 7/8/9 windcutter with tips and 5/6 windcutter with tips and I should be able to get 175 to 200 yards of gel spun. If a fish can spool me at 750 feet, then he can have the line, reel and the frickin' rod. The Integrity's seem to be holding up pretty good in both the salt and the fresh. I've worked about 35 Pinks and Silvers with the disk drags without any problems. My rods seem to be breaking more than the reels on these fish and I hardly do any maintenance on them. Just WD-40 and gun oil. Not bad for 78 bucks at e-angler and I have money left over for more rods which a real man just can't have enough of.

Matt

"Everyday that you wake up and decide not to go fishing...is one less day you'll go fishing." Forrest Maxwell
 

Philster

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#20
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>Hey Philster,
>Do you really think you ar undergunned with a number
>10 line and 200 yards of backing? Man, that's a long
>run and if he won't stop then, I doubt if he'll stop at
>all.

That's a 10 wt Double taper Bob... You slap on a grandspey, and you're down to way under a 100 yards... WAY under... On a small arbor reel... Lots of "Cranky Cranky Cranky" to get in any line at all!

P.S. I'm the guy who keeps saying I've caught billfish, tuna, and dorado, and have yet to have ANY fish take me the length of a football field. Hopefully someday I'll get a chance at these Thompson fish that some folks say will make a believer out of me :rofl
 
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sinktip

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#22
Matt:

"I just strung up Accelerator 7/8, 8/9 and 9/10 with tips on three spools. That's 150 feet of big belly spey line."

I own a couple of Accelerators as well and they are not big bellied spey lines when compared to the capacity needed for the same size XLT or Grandspey. These puppies really eat up a reel.
 
#23
Well, I took the plunge. I ordered out a Tioga # 12 from e-bay for $105 bucks. I hope it works. It's got a ton of capacity so I don't think that will be an issue.
I have another Tioga (a #6)that I use on my Scott 6wt. So I'm set for awhile, I think.
I've still got the Orvis bamboo 6 wt. (pre-Vietnam) with a Mark IV Orvis Battenkill reel and a Loomis 8 wt. with my Hardy St. Aiden. I've also got a St. Croix 6wt. travel rod (4pcs.)and my 14 ft. St. Croix spey rod. Not bragging here because my stuff is far from the top of the line, but I think it will work. It's all I've got.
Bob, the Satisfied:beer2
 
#24
Sinktip,

The 8/9 grandspey with tips is one of the last lines on my hit list. I will use the Tioga 12 on that puppy and spool on the backing over the top of it before I tie into the arbor, just to make sure I'm right on. Can't wait to try it on my Salar. By the way, I rechecked those spools with accelerater and WC. It was 200 yards of gel spun backing for the accelerater and 300 for the WC. I can't even see that far down most of these rivers around here.

Matt
Matt

"Everyday that you wake up and decide not to go fishing...is one less day you'll go fishing." Forrest Maxwell
 
#25
Your original question, I believe, was what sort of a rod for chums? Sometimes we all stray from that question and get into our own expertise. (Actually that was not the original question as I look back on it. Pretend that it was and then read the following).

The question begs another question: how hard do you fight your fish? If you tend to baby things (not a good idea unless you are a kill and grill type) then most anything will work. You might piss off the others around you because they don't admire this, The fish will also be DOA.

If you are like me, then you pour the rod to them and force them to hand at every opportunity. There is no slacking. The rod is bent double all the time.
But you can blow up a light rod when fishing for a very powerful chum doing this.

Bottom line: at least an 8wt. unless you very skilled with light rods. My spey is a 9/10/11 and I consider it perfect for anything around here including chinooks.
Fight 'em hard; let 'em go quick. Smile slowly and for a long time.
Bob, the Stand Back! My Rod Might Blow Up!:eek
 
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#27
Matt,

I suggest you go with the 7/8 Grandspey on the Salar not the 8/9. I cast both on mine before settling on the 7/8. If you want to try it, let me know as I just replaced the Grandspey but haven't got a new Salar to put it on yet.

sinktip
 

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