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Most of us are Magpies. Anything that clicks and shines will be of interest to us. For me it depends on the rod and line. I have specific reels with specific lines for specific rods. These are consequently for specific sizes of river. So you need to ask yourself how big a river are you fishing and how big a rod.
 

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Phew, what a question... System 2's - I have 2 & really rate them as great workhorses, Hardy Marquis 3 & 2 hardy perfects (4 1/4" & 4 陆") for the sound, Hardy Ultralite in the 8-9 is lovely on a smaller rod, Murray Stewart for the bigger ones.... Cascapedia is OK but prone to get a bit stiff unless lovingly maintained... All in all, I tend to use the 4 录" & Marquis more than the others, but love them all.
 

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Hardy Ultralite CLS 9000 for me.

The Cassette system is very handy and an extremely cost effective way of adding spare spools, though as a discontinued model, they are getting harder to find.

I currently have 3 of these reels with 10 spools, so have a wide selection of lines available.

It has a decent drag system that hasn't let me down.

I have 2 of the same rod as well, Hardy Marksman 2T 14' and find it a very well balanced outfit.

I also have the ASR version for trout, which again is a lovely reel.
 

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Hardy Ultralite CLS 9000 for me.

The Cassette system is very handy and an extremely cost effective way of adding spare spools, though as a discontinued model, they are getting harder to find.

I currently have 3 of these reels with 10 spools, so have a wide selection of lines available.

It has a decent drag system that hasn't let me down.

I have 2 of the same rod as well, Hardy Marksman 2T 14' and find it a very well balanced outfit.

I also have the ASR version for trout, which again is a lovely reel.
Agreed, do let me know if you ever want to sell one of your 9000's!
 

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When we used to use full spey lines more regularly, I always wanted a reel that offered spare spools at a reasonable price and, were also easy to change over. I insist on full cage reels for all my fishing, as it is always a pain when your line gets trapped between the spool and the cage with reels that do not have a full cage. I used Hardy Marquis reels for years, with a selection of spare spools for each line that I wanted to use.
Nowadays, we tend to get away without the spare spools as, more often than not, a change of line now means swapping onto a different shooting head on the same running/shooting line and the same reel. To me that means that the same reel and spool will get more use, and I look for reliability in that reel.
A few years ago I switched over to Daniellson, as well as some other reels. The quality is great and thus far I have had no issues with reliability and maintenance free use. I recently got another Daniellson reel for those fishing trips when you want to have two rods set up for varying tactics in different pools etc. My only niggle about Daniellson reels is a very minor one that I would like a slightly louder click from them when the line goes out. Fingers crossed for many more years of trouble free fishing with these reels.
 

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Never lost a fish due to my reel or drag. Perhaps if my rivers were full of 40lb fish I may think differently. So in Norway you need the best of the best. For a novice fisherman you definitely do not. I fight all my fish off the reel. Only ever had a problem with a foul hooked fish and I am not tackling up for that. Bargain reels, Sage 1680 came free with the rod. Does my single handed rod just fine. Greys GTS 500 works for both my single and double handed fishing. Cassette spool so easy to carry and change line. The Greys cost less than 拢40 I have 2 and has a more than functional drag. Best spend your Money on a rod or a good line as the reel will not let you cover more fish.
 

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Most important, it must balance your rod. And a salmon reel should have a reliable brake imho, as I have seen a number of large fish lost on poor reels. I do have a large number, from moderately priced to mid priced and my favorites are the Hardy Ultralight Disc, the old Loop Evotec and the old Waterworks-Lamson Guru.
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I`ve always regretted not buying one.
I was offered a package from Pat McKendry of Cafaro Bros. in Glasgow around 20 years ago, but bought something else.
 

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Most important, it must balance your rod. And a salmon reel should have a reliable brake imho, as I have seen a number of large fish lost on poor reels. I do have a large number, from moderately priced to mid priced and my favorites are the Hardy Ultralight Disc, the old Loop Evotec and the old Waterworks-Lamson Guru.
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That is a good point. I would rather fish a reel with no drag, than one with a tempramental drag.
 

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Thanks for the update, however I won`t be bidding as I now have my heart set on a Danielsson.
I still have my Dragon fly 100 which is still as good as the day I bought it.
 

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Horses for courses.
Anything from a Vision cassette trout reel for light hitching in Heeland burns to the Danielsson Control 8-13 or Marquis 3 for heavy work. With various Danielssons in between.
All depends on the set up needed.(y)
 

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Was thinking about grabbing a vision koma second hand just now to go with the oracle 2 maybe next year upgrade to the dearer stuff anyone had a koma in the past and good or bad Experiences 馃
Decent reels. A mate has used one for years on his 12 footer with no dramas.

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All above reels are great,although they are expensive,no two ways to look at it really,but most of the lads on here I think are serious anglers,not the type鈥檚 who throw a line only 3 times a year or so,that鈥檚 why they opt for a good high end reel,that鈥檚 guaranteed to last,in saying that,I use an Airflo Black,for me it鈥檚 a belter of a reel,with a great brake on it,that lets you play a salmon with one hand,while reaching round your back for a net etc,a reel that has a great drag system is worth its weight in gold,come fighting a good fish,and if you can master where exactly to set it up for the fish on it鈥檚 second run,then your half way there, now it comes with 5 spare spools,that鈥檒l hold all the different lines you鈥檒l ever need,and a reel bag for them too. The cost is about 拢90.So that鈥檚 a fantastic price for what will do you your day,if you look after it, YouTube has videos of it also. So very worth while considering it. I certainly did,and wouldn鈥檛 use anything else now,and I have some really good fly reels that have cost a lot more鈥. jimmy馃憤
 

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All above reels are great,although they are expensive,no two ways to look at it really,but most of the lads on here I think are serious anglers,not the type鈥檚 who throw a line only 3 times a year or so,that鈥檚 why they opt for a good high end reel,that鈥檚 guaranteed to last,in saying that,I use an Airflo Black,for me it鈥檚 a belter of a reel,with a great brake on it,that lets you play a salmon with one hand,while reaching round your back for a net etc,a reel that has a great drag system is worth its weight in gold,come fighting a good fish,and if you can master where exactly to set it up for the fish on it鈥檚 second run,then your half way there, now it comes with 5 spare spools,that鈥檒l hold all the different lines you鈥檒l ever need,and a reel bag for them too. The cost is about 拢90.So that鈥檚 a fantastic price for what will do you your day,if you look after it, YouTube has videos of it also. So very worth while considering it. I certainly did,and wouldn鈥檛 use anything else now,and I have some really good fly reels that have cost a lot more鈥. jimmy
Im like that with my switch rod. Ive got alot more expensive reels sidelined and ive got a fladden lever drag saltwater reel on it. Someone gave me it and you can mess with the drag with a finger with a fish on. Never seen one before or since but its a grat tool for that job.

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