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    New reel recommendation

    I'm looking for new reel for my 7wt rod with a decent drag. I'll be using it mostly on freshwater (steelhead, smallmouth) as well as some saltwater.
    I really like the Orvis Mirage design - any thoughts?

    Thanks and Happy New Year.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    How much you looking to spend?
    Quote Originally Posted by draku007 View Post
    I'm looking for new reel for my 7wt rod with a decent drag. I'll be using it mostly on freshwater (steelhead, smallmouth) as well as some saltwater.
    I really like the Orvis Mirage design - any thoughts?

    Thanks and Happy New Year.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    I don't have any specific budget in mind and I do believe that I'll get what I paid for. Anywhere between $200-$400 but if there is a reel for $500 with a life time warranty I would consider it as well.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by draku007 View Post
    I don't have any specific budget in mind and I do believe that I'll get what I paid for. Anywhere between $200-$400 but if there is a reel for $500 with a life time warranty I would consider it as well.
    I would check out the Allen flyfishing site and look at the alpha 2 fly reel. Great reel great price great warranty and you could add an exta spool for the money.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Man, If you're cool with spending $4-500, don't fuck around with imported shit, get a Nautilus NV, Ross F1, or a Waterworks Vanquish. All state of the art drags, all with a life time warranty.

    Roll up the windows Brian, you're letting the stank out.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    I agree with tn i have the ross f1 and the nautilus.when it comes to steelhead you need a solid reel with a great drag.


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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Bauer Rogue, comes to mind but check out the Sage 4500 They are around $300 Ross cla are good and a great buy for the money.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Drake

    The Ross, Nautilus, and Lamson reels are all good. Heck they are great reels. Anyone of them list for more than 500 bucks for a 7 weight with the lamson listing out at 699.00. you might find one on sale for around 500 but I can tell you that you are paying way too much for the reel. I have an F1 and a nautilus but I also have the Alpha 2 . I tell you it matches up against thos reels very well. Again for 500 bucks you could get the reel and a backup spool buy a top end line to go with it and still be under the other reel prices. The warranty is top notch. Heck you get the reel and their new spey rod for under 500 bucks. Plus they support the site with advertising. I can send some specs if you are interested.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    I have been using the Ross CLA's on my Steelhead and Salmon rods for the past three years and have nothing but great things to say about them.

    Since you're a good neighbor I'll let you borrow them and try em out on the river. What the heck, they're only sitting here collecting dust for 50 weeks of the year anyway.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by draku007 View Post
    I'm looking for new reel for my 7wt rod with a decent drag. I'll be using it mostly on freshwater (steelhead, smallmouth) as well as some saltwater.
    I really like the Orvis Mirage design - any thoughts?

    Thanks and Happy New Year.
    The Orvis Mirage is a fantastic reel. Has a ton of backing capacity. It is truly made for salt water environment. I have had it caked with sand, and lost no performance. It the AK47 of reels.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by PRomano View Post
    Since you're a good neighbor I'll let you borrow them and try em out on the river. What the heck, they're only sitting here collecting dust for 50 weeks of the year anyway.
    Thanks Pete. I have the same problem with the 7wt - it will be one of my most expensive setups that I'll use only couple times a year.

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    Re: New reel recommendation

    Many interesting things that you can do with a 7wt (depending on the rod you have) if you make the setup light enough. You can use it as true 7wt for throwing streamers in high water, or for light salt water. You can also put a 6wt GPX line (that runs a half-weight heavy) and use it as a juiced 6wt for big water nymphing and even throwing drys.

    Roll up the windows Brian, you're letting the stank out.

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