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#102263 - 11/19/02 01:53 PM reels for spey work
flyboy Offline

Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 10
Loc: Isaaquah WA
Has anyone tried one of the Fly Logic reels for spey work?
Most of the large capacity reels are quite expensive. I have a couple of Lampson Velocities (v3.5 & V4) that are a bit small.
I see the Fly Logic FLA-12 will hold a 13wt line with 320 yards of micron backing. Spool dia is 3.75 x 1.13 . The list price is about $300.

Has anyone tried one of these reels? Thoughts?
What else is large enough with out breaking the bank?

I am needing to hold 8-10 wt lines possibly with long bellies.

Thanks in advance for the wisdom of the group.

#102264 - 11/19/02 03:10 PM Re: reels for spey work
A D Pose Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 11/08/99
Posts: 168
Loc: Pugetropolis, USA
You may want to consider the Teton/Tioga line. Compentently machined reels with good, sealed drags at affordable prices, available in both large and standard arbor spools that are interchangable depending on your capacity needs.

#102265 - 11/20/02 12:32 AM Re: reels for spey work
Sparkey Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 03/06/99
Posts: 1273
Loc: Western Washington
I think you made a good choice! wink
Ryan S. Petzold
aka Sparkey and/or Special

#102266 - 11/20/02 01:10 AM Re: reels for spey work
NWflyfisher Offline

Registered: 01/04/01
Posts: 20
Loc: Puget Sound
No experience with Fly Logic or Spey fishing for that matter. But, consider this with reference to the Fly Logic:

WF13 + 375 YDS (30LB)
4.25 Inch diameter.
Machined to extremely close tolerences.
Extremely smooth cork disc drag.
Made in USA.
Lifetime warranty.
Its an Old Florida No. 7 and cost is $255.00 black, $275.00 silver.

Some have compared the quality and performance of these Old Florida reels to that of the high end/priced Abel and Tibors, only at half the cost. They continually receive outstanding reviews. I?ve got a 66LA and found it to be one outstanding workhorse of a reel and an excellent value.

#102267 - 11/20/02 08:28 PM Re: reels for spey work
Salmo g. Offline
River Nutrients

Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 12913
The Hardy Salmon series of reels hold a full line, 10 to 12 wt., and 200 yds. or more of backing. Last I saw, they run something over $200. I took the easy way out a couple years ago when LL Bean closed out their salmon reels made by Hardy at $99. Heck, the spare spool was $100. But it has all the capacity of the regular salmon series, plus a disc drag I don't need.


Salmo g.

#102268 - 11/22/02 03:55 PM Re: reels for spey work
Chuckn'Duck Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 03/10/00
Posts: 356
Loc: West of Eden
I've got the FLO for my 8wt. Nice reels although I don't use it much...they are machined well and seem very tight. I also have a Teton Tioga with an 11 wt. saltwater taper floater on it. It is serviceable but seems somewhat sloppy in the tolerances. But, it has worked well and I'm not too worried about hammering on it. Replacement cost over the net is around 120-bucks. The Fly Logic FLO is around $380.
Chasing old rags 500 miles from home.

#102269 - 11/24/02 12:23 PM Re: reels for spey work
mtlhead Offline

Registered: 09/07/02
Posts: 96
Loc: Skagit Co.
I have been using a LOOP 4 TRADITIONAL on The spey rods (12',13'6",15' 7 & 8wts) I fish and have been extremely happy. The cost is moderate ($350 reel, $150 spool) and has gobb's of line capacity. It's rated at 200M of 30lb. w/ 12wt line. I the line I've got is a 150' 8wt Multi tip (MORPH LINE) and I hope to someday throw the whole thing, but it wont be any day soon. If you can live without a drag and have good rim controll ability's I think these are hare to beat at the cost.
"Doing it right the first time is not an option, it's a requirement"

#102270 - 12/17/02 04:53 AM Re: reels for spey work
speybum Offline

Registered: 12/17/02
Posts: 14
Loc: carnation washington
I have been using a Flylogic FL12 for most of the Rio lines and the New SA xlt lines.
The largest lines will have to use on of the micro type backing.
There is one problem and that is with the Grandspey 10/11. It is so large that you only have about 100 yards of backing on the reel.
The Windcutter, Mid-speys, and Tri-tip will fit with plenty of room.
The drag system wills uses a torque converter for zero inertia startup
I hope this helps

#102271 - 12/24/02 12:52 PM Re: reels for spey work
Metalhead2you Offline

Registered: 12/24/02
Posts: 4
Loc: Snohomish County
I've go a FLO as well, but it is on my 6wt. it is one of the smoothest and quietest reels I've ever used for under $350. I would'nt hessitate using one for Spey work, but I do think you can buy allot more reel for allot less $$. I have a few differant reels that I've been using, But I couldn't ask for more than I get w/ my $69.00 Redington AL 11/12. It matches my Sage 7136-4 perfectly, has a killer drag, and has some pretty tight tollerances that are evident by the smooooth operation. I know that the bearing is supposed to be a weak point, but I keep mine well oiled and greased, and have yet to have a problem with it. The only thing that I have found negative is the rated capacity is off, for std. lines you'll want to over size the reel by 1 series (7 or 8wt use the 9-10 reel) and for Spey lines, go up by 2 (7 or 8wt use the 11-12). IMHO, they are the hottest thing around dollar for dollar these days.



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