Tackle Talk Reel for G. T. s

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  • #868736

    swanie
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    If, and when we are ever allowed out of Victoria I want to have a serious crack at a serious G. T.  I’ve have caught smaller models, around the five pound mark and the Galvan T8 did a sterling job, but have been told any reel for larger Geet’s needs to have a captive screw down nut to hold the spool on rather than the clip on variety.  Yes? No? I own a ten weight and a twelve Sage xi3 so recon those rods are up to the task.  Now I, am whittling away the daughters inheritance here, but have convinced myself she will some how be be bitten by the fly fishing bug once I cark it so price is not a limiting factor. What say you, the good readers of Flylife. Thanks in advance.

    #868737

    spud1
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    #869003

    sprat
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    Any heavy duty fly reel from a reputable brand will do the job – Penn 4 G, Tibor, Abel, Billy Pate, Shilton, Hayden etc.

    #869004

    wyldone
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    Hi mate,

    I have the Hatch 11+ that I run on a 12wt… serious bit on kit.

    For the 10wt, a Hatch 9+ would suit.

    Another reel I’d definately consider would be a Harfin.

    Having said that, I’m yet to connect to one…

    #869005

    oldpiscator
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    Any heavy duty fly reel from a reputable brand will do the job – Penn 4 G, Tibor, Abel, Billy Pate, Shilton, Hayden etc.

    Funniest thing I saw at CXI was when a friend hooked up on a small Tuna using his Shilton reel and the screws holding the reel foot on worked loose. Result one lost tuna and much swearing and application of superglue to screws that night.

    #869010

    sprat
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    Yep – user error would be main failure with any decent reel. Has to be basic maintenance done especially as GTs will always find the weak point.

    My biggest GT lost was user error – I didn’t check for weak point in my fly line and that’s what snapped…was an old line.

    #869011

    bpmick
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    Nautilus CCf x2 10/12

    #869013

    Chris Beech
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    If I were buying a reel for GT, these would be on my list

    Orvis Mirage

    Harfin LR110W (#10 weight only)

    Sage Spectrum Max

    Hatch

    Lamson Cobalt

    Depending on budget…

    #869036

    dynaflow
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    Lots of opinions here….but how deep are your pockets? If this is only an occasional indulgence I’d save money and get a Redington Behemoth.A 9/10 would do the job.Massive drag and backing capacity plus Redington’s famous warranty.Keep it out of the water as the drag isn’t sealed.

    #869041

    oldpiscator
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    +1 on the Behemoth if it isn’t going to used all the time.

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