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8wt reel ?

Started by diamonddave7676, August 18, 2007, 19:51:30 PM

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diamonddave7676

I was looking for an 8wt reel to use for smallmouth and was wondering what everyone would recommend.  I am not wanting to spend more then $125-$150 for the reel. 


Al

August 18, 2007, 21:08:06 PM #1 Last Edit: August 18, 2007, 21:10:28 PM by Al

Orvis Rocky Mountain Turbine IV (large arbor - disc drag) $79 http://www.orvis.com/store/product_choice.asp?pf_id=96GL&dir_id=758&group_id=768&cat_id=7629&subcat_id=7646&prefix=&varcatidsrc=&prodgroupid=95638&IsPostBack=true&feature_id=16

Add a spare spool for $29

It will hold a salmon so I know it will hold a smallmouth!


FT

Contact  David Edens (Rodwrapper) of BlueRidge rods. He has introduced a new reel he is selling.  I just got one and had it at the Smallie Show.  Unfortuniately I have hook anything big enough to try the drag out yet.   :'(  I don't think they are on his web site yet, but you can reach him by email at  blueridgerods@hotmail.com

http://www.blue-ridge-rods.com/

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Woolly Bugger

Quote from: diamonddave7676 on August 18, 2007, 19:51:30 PM

I was looking for an 8wt reel to use for smallmouth and was wondering what everyone would recommend.  I am not wanting to spend more then $125-$150 for the reel.

Check out some deals here http://www.flyshopcloseouts.com/cpoint201/category.htm?categoryId=19048&catalogStyleId=528
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

diamonddave7676

Quote from: Woolly Bugger on August 21, 2007, 09:01:41 AM

Quote from: diamonddave7676 on August 18, 2007, 19:51:30 PM

I was looking for an 8wt reel to use for smallmouth and was wondering what everyone would recommend.  I am not wanting to spend more then $125-$150 for the reel.

Check out some deals here http://www.flyshopcloseouts.com/cpoint201/category.htm?categoryId=19048&catalogStyleId=528
Anyone ever tried one of the Lamson Radius Mid Arbor 3.5 Reel for 8 and 9 Weight Lines from WB's link? 

Woolly Bugger

August 21, 2007, 17:26:05 PM #5 Last Edit: August 21, 2007, 17:28:51 PM by Woolly Bugger
Quote from: diamonddave7676 on August 21, 2007, 17:00:35 PM

Quote from: Woolly Bugger on August 21, 2007, 09:01:41 AM

Quote from: diamonddave7676 on August 18, 2007, 19:51:30 PM

I was looking for an 8wt reel to use for smallmouth and was wondering what everyone would recommend.  I am not wanting to spend more then $125-$150 for the reel.

Check out some deals here http://www.flyshopcloseouts.com/cpoint201/category.htm?categoryId=19048&catalogStyleId=528
How can you go wrong with $120 Lamson???

Anyone ever tried one of the Lamson Radius Mid Arbor 3.5 Reel for 8 and 9 Weight Lines from WB's link?

http://www.flyfish.com/forums/index.php?s=500a8467a8f6c5a7a3b29e3524400440&act=ST&f=11&t=2586&hl=
ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

diamonddave7676


Woolly Bugger

Quote from: diamonddave7676 on August 21, 2007, 17:54:49 PM

Thanks WB 0--0

Heck they've got the 4 on Sierratradingpost.com (they'll take anything back at anytime, if your not happy with it) I've not had any dealings with the link I provided, I just came across it while doing some other 'research' and remembered your question... I might have to get the 4 reel for my first Albie outfit :)

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

castaway

If you want to save money, consider buying it used, ideally at an auction at a club banquet.  Sometimes you can get great buys, but it doesn't work well if you are in a hurry to get it or are looking for a very specific item.  Last year I got a 9 foot Trident eight weight rod, an Orvis CFO-V reel (apparently no longer made but "one of the best reels Orvis ever made"), two extra spools and two "brand new" lines for if I remember right, $140.  Couldn't pass it up.  I know the guy who donated it to the regional FFF Council and he told me he had hooked one steelhead on it back in Oregon and realized at the tiome he couldn't handle that heavy a rod any more.  He never landed a fish on it.  My timing was perfect, which is very rare, and as I was headed to Alaska in a few months, I was looking for an 8 wt.  I wouldn't have gone for anything like a Trident, but the deal was just too good to pass up.  I haven't bought a new rod in years.  I think the industry must hate guys like me. >:D


croaker

Pfleugar 1595 1/2 RC...  @ $40.00.

-you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.  Robert A. Heinlein.

kylemc

Quote from: castaway on August 21, 2007, 21:46:19 PM

I wouldn't have gone for anything like a Trident, but the deal was just too good to pass up.  I haven't bought a new rod in years.  I think the industry must hate guys like me. >:D

Amen!!


phg

Quote from: kylemc on August 21, 2007, 23:35:14 PM

Quote from: castaway on August 21, 2007, 21:46:19 PM

I wouldn't have gone for anything like a Trident, but the deal was just too good to pass up.  I haven't bought a new rod in years.  I think the industry must hate guys like me. >:D

Amen!!

That's why I started building my own rods. ::)

Haven't figure out how to build my own reels, though.  I don't have access to the tools, nor do I have any machinist skills....


Al

Quote from: phg on August 22, 2007, 10:36:49 AM

Haven't figure out how to build my own reels, though.  I don't have access to the tools, nor do I have any machinist skills....

Go to local convenience store. Purchase 16oz can of your favorite brew - Drink brew. Save can. Wrap line around can - go to any of the local lakes and observe until you see someone with similar set up (it won't take long - there will often be two or more of them together) - watch how they do it and you will see that you can even forget building anymore rods.

phg

August 22, 2007, 17:22:53 PM #13 Last Edit: August 22, 2007, 17:24:34 PM by phg

Al, how about this old reel from the 1850's?  After all, it's just a line holder, right?  It's on eBay, and current bid is over $900.

http://cgi.ebay.com/BILLINGHURST-BIRDCAGE-ANTIQUE-BRASS-FLY-REEL-1859-RARE_W0QQitemZ320147386937QQihZ011QQcategoryZ36177QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem



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