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    Default Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    Like taffy1, I've also just received the new Snowbee catalogue through the post and the Spectre cassette reel keeps winking at meSnowbee Spectre cassette fly reels I'm after a new reel for my 5wt rods, but I've not heard much about these reels as yet. Do any of you own one? And would you recommend the reel? I love the rods and lines but never tried one of their reels.

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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    I have two of them. In my opinion they are fantastic reels. Very light, great drag, look fabulous and not too expensive.
    I was going to buy a Hardy cassette reel but, again imho, the Spectre cassette is a much better reel and massively better vfm.
    The extra plastic cassettes are a tad expensive at £8 each but still not too dear.
    I got the gunmetal one first and then a black one. I prefer the gunmetal tbh even though I usually prefer black reels. I think the gunmetal will "age" better.
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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    Rich

    IMO the Spectre is one of best cassette reels on the market. Rated as a 5/6 it'll also take a 7# with 20 lb backing however unlike many cassette reels it's not over sized, (the spool is quite deep).

    I would have no hesitation fishing it on my 9ft 5#, my 9ft 6in 7# or my 10ft 6# rods, it's just a good reel and the drag is superb. It's not heavy either, just a superb reel and I'll probably buy another one.

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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    Quote Originally Posted by dave b View Post
    Rich

    IMO the Spectre is one of best cassette reels on the market. Rated as a 5/6 it'll also take a 7# with 20 lb backing however unlike many cassette reels it's not over sized, (the spool is quite deep).

    I would have no hesitation fishing it on my 9ft 5#, my 9ft 6in 7# or my 10ft 6# rods, it's just a good reel and the drag is superb. It's not heavy either, just a superb reel and I'll probably buy another one.
    Agreed. I have the 5/6 reels and I have #6, #7 and #8 lines on them. Lovely reels.
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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    Duplicate post (not sure how???)
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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    with the 5/6 size reel and #7 lines how much backing do you get on them?

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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    They are a well made nicely finished reel, extremely light at 160g for a 7/9 good backing capacity.
    The only minor issue I've found is the spool is slightly out of balance, if you give the reel a good spin it wobbles a bit in your hand, that aside I'd still recommend one it's easily fixed.

    Al

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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    Hi Al,

    for the 5/6 reel do you know how much backing it could take with a 7wt line?
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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    Sorry i'm not sure donnieh it's a 7/9 I bought.

    Al

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    Default Re: Snowbee Spectre cassette fly reels

    Quote Originally Posted by donnieh View Post
    with the 5/6 size reel and #7 lines how much backing do you get on them?
    The pictures below show the 5/6 reel with a Snowbee XS Extra distance #7 line on it.
    This line is 150ft (most are 90ft) and I reckon I've got about 50m of micro backing on there as well so you can see it's a pretty high capacity reel for a 5/6.

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