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    Re: New reel recommendation

    I'm also someone that doesn't use my 7 weights much. I don't know about the Orvis reel, but I love the Ross Evolution I have on my primary 7 which is a high end TFO (blue blank, forget the model offhand). I couldn't justify spending a ton on a 7 that I only rarely put to use for bones and mahi in the Keys, the odd steelhead trip, tossing big streamers all day on the Upper D in the wind, or tossing big, deer-hair poppers for largemouth. But the reel needed to have a very good drag because some of the saltwater fish can put a hurting on a cheap reel.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Btw drake I believe allenflyfishing will be at tbe somerset show so if yo are not in a hurry you can always test the reels at the show

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by MACFLY View Post
    Btw drake I believe allenflyfishing will be at tbe somerset show so if yo are not in a hurry you can always test the reels at the show
    I'm not in hurry as I won't need the reel till the summer or even November. The main reason I started this thread was to get some input from the other members and look at the reels at the show.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    in that 400.00 price range its gonna be hard to beat the lamson litespeed 3.5x thats perfect for a 7 wt..great,strong reliable reel with a great drag.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    I have an arsenal of Mirage reels and love them, having zero problems. However, I did and would not pay full price for one. I have looked at the Orvis Hydros reel and don't you think you could find a better reel for $240. The drag will stop anything, even a bass.

    If you want a brand new reel, made in the USA, I have a black Ross Momentum 5 that I'll sell for $300.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    In the $240-300 range you have the Ross Evolution LT and the Nautilus FWX. I bought an FWX for my 7wt last year, and paid around $275 for it. Orvis is ok, but the Hydros is not in the same league as the FWX.

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    Can't beat the value of Allen. It's a better reel than the Orvis Bartenkill I have at the same price point. Are there better reels? Sure, but I don't fish 250 days a year.

    My only knock is the backing on the trout was hard to figure out. Theres little literature on the site. But methinks he runs a virtual company so it doesn't surprise me.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Ordered my Allen 7Wt Alpha II last week to match up with a Orvis Clearwater II 104 picked up on clearence last week for $98.00. I have three other Orvis (Mach V LA, Battenkill IV LA & Barstock) reels that have never let me down. Will let you know how the Alpha drag performs on the SR for droppie season. Interesting machined reel here too at https://catalog.theflyshop.com/produ...kgb30h7b13ju42 for $99.00. Looking to possibly pick up some Teeny fly line @ the upcoming show.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    get a Hatch


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Give me Galvan and ill shit on all the others....

    I do like the ROSS evo line (original) as well as the FWX for light duty freshwater work...

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    The problem that I have with the Allen's reels/company is that they don't even have contact info on their site. Their website looks like is half working and half broken with missing sections and broken links. How can I trust such company and have faith that they will still exist and honor my warranty 5 years from now.

    I did take a look at the Hatch reels and they are really top of the line products. However, the 5-7 seems bit too small for 7wt and the 7-9 is way too heavy. I could justify the $600 reel only if I could use it on both 7 and 9 wt but the reel is just too heavy for the 7 - and there was no line on the spool. Once you add the line the reel will only get heavier.

    The Nautilus FWX looks interesting. I'll need to check it out at the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNcH View Post
    If you want a brand new reel, made in the USA, I have a black Ross Momentum 5 that I'll sell for $300.
    #5 is too big for me. I'm looking for 7-8 or 7-9 max. Thanks for the offer - great price!

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by draku007 View Post
    The problem that I have with the Allen's reels/company is that they don't even have contact info on their site. Their website looks like is half working and half broken with missing sections and broken links. How can I trust such company and have faith that they will still exist and honor my warranty 5 years from now.
    I looked at the Allen's reels at the show and they looked like a decent reels for the money and the guys were very friendly.

    The reel I'll go with is the Galvan Torque 8.

    Thank you all for you help here.

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