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    Default Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    Hello
    Looking for recommendation for reel and line for double handed 14' #9-10 rod
    This will be my first foray intop double handed casting so looking for something beginner friendly (although have trouted fished for years so not a novice)

    I'm a bit dazzled by spey line, shooting heads etc...

    What's best to start with - also a matching reel
    On a budget as well!
    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    Try 'salmon fishing forum' lots of relevant info.

    There might even be a specific recommendation for your rod.

    The other place to look is at the Rio line recommendations chart.

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    I was a beginner a couple of years ago and still am as the opportunities for me are few. There's a half price sale on Grey's GR 70 rods at the moment, but they may be a bit fast for a beginner. You can't go much wrong with the Shakespeare Oracle rods - they're pretty forgiving. I would go for 6 piece rods if I was you as you can pack them and salmon fishing overseas is a lot better than the UK these days.

    Salmon reels are more important than for trout as you really need a good drag because you use it! It needs to be big too as you need a lot of backing, running line and the fly line itself is thick. I can't offer much advice on that as I got very lucky and got a ridiculous deal on a Hardy and that's all I've ever used. People speak highly of the Lamson Waterworks Liquid reel kits though - it's what I would have bought if the other jobbie hadn't turned up.

    Lines must be matched with rods and it's a nightmare for a beginner. For what it's worth I use the Airflo Rage Kit which is a shooting head arrangement with 3 tips, floater, sinker and intermediate.
    Last edited by tangled; 26-08-2019 at 03:18 PM.

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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    Thanks folks

    @ tangled, I already have the rod, which is a Daiwa Whisker Kevlar Fly, 3 piece which is a 9/10 weight rod
    The reel is not too problematic, but you're right about line - a flippin nightmare!

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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    Quote Originally Posted by boomdocker View Post
    Thanks folks

    @ tangled, I already have the rod, which is a Daiwa Whisker Kevlar Fly, 3 piece which is a 9/10 weight rod
    The reel is not too problematic, but you're right about line - a flippin nightmare!
    Ok - as suggested, your best bet for a recommendation on the line would be to head off to

    Salmon Fishing Forum

    And ask. The difficulty is that you'll probably get 20 different answers along the lines of 'well, I use ...'

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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    Why not try and pick up a Leeda Magnum 200D on ebay they are simple reliable and can be very cheap.
    Then you have the SA System2/Two .say the 10/11 again on the Bay for not a lot.
    The Vision Deep is a good new reel at a cracking price.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    Why not try and pick up a Leeda Magnum 200D on ebay they are simple reliable and can be very cheap.
    Then you have the SA System2/Two .say the 10/11 again on the Bay for not a lot.
    The Vision Deep is a good new reel at a cracking price.

    Jim
    as jim says the system 2 is a good value reel ,my most used salmon line a snowbee 2d sinktip has been on one flr many years.

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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    The system 2 is a good well made real the magnum is also sufficient but nothing like the build/drag quality of the S.a, the shakespeare pflugar is also a great reel for the money.

    Lines are made for different types of fishing, if you want to cast a small fly with a nice presentation then a scandi profile is the best option, the down side is your limited to what it'll cast, big flies and 10ft sink tips would be hard going, on the other hand the likes of the airflo rage (skagit) will lift and carry much bigger flies and sink tips with ease but the presentation won't be so good...
    My most used lines are a vision ace multi tip and a airflo tactical quick spey multi tip...
    Eta
    The Barrio iss gets a lot of positive comments and won't break the bank.

    Al
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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    Shooting heads is probably your best way forward. John Norris does them at reasonable prices. Get the head with a separate running line ( loop to loop joint) so you only change the head and don’t need spare spools . A floater should do to start with combined with 10’ sinking airflo polytips to help you get your fly down a bit. A Shakespeare Oracle 10/11 could be considered as an affordable reel.

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    Shooting heads is probably your best way forward. John Norris does them at reasonable prices. Get the head with a separate running line ( loop to loop joint) so you only change the head and dont need spare spools . A floater should do to start with combined with 10 sinking airflo polytips to help you get your fly down a bit. A Shakespeare Oracle 10/11 could be considered as an affordable reel.

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    Default Re: Reel and line for 14' #9-10 rod

    About the reel there is one very important thing: as heavy as possible! Yes! Speycasting is totally different from single hand and you need the reel to offer a good counterweight in order to have an efficient cast without getting tired very fast.
    Then about the line I would choose a a shooting, a Scandi type will do it easy and will forgive plenty mistakes. Add a good running and some 150m of backing and that's it.
    If you want to know your gear is well balance, fit the reel on the rod, strip some line out in order to have the full leader and out and the fly in your hand: it shall fall right in your hand without dropping forward (if it tends to drop a bit afterward, it is not troublesome).
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