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Looking for a good 4wt reel

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I recently inherited a 6'-6" Philipson fiberglass 4wt fly rod, and I'm really excited to try it out soon. I was looking for a good fly reel to mount to this short rod, I think that a large arbor would be too much reel for this rod. I plan on using this rod for smaller streams and tighter areas. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Tom

Posted on: 10/31 0:03


Re: Looking for a good 4wt reel

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Pflueger Medalist(new bar stock or original) or Orvis Battenkill click and Pawl only because they're sort of throw backs to an earlier era. And they're good reels.

Posted on: 10/31 1:35


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Go with a cheap mid arbor (large arbors are way too much reel for a rod like that). No real reason to spend money on a 4wt reel. All that reel is going to do is hold line. Lots of decent ones for around $50. Piscifun is my choice unless you have more money then you know what to do with. Looking around for something used might also be an option.

Posted on: 10/31 8:55


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bigjohn58 wrote:
Go with a cheap mid arbor (large arbors are way too much reel for a rod like that). No real reason to spend money on a 4wt reel. All that reel is going to do is hold line. Lots of decent ones for around $50.


+1. Okuma Sierra ($40) is my reel of choice in this segment. It's a disc drag, which I prefer to click and pawl, even in a small reel. I have two of them for my Brookie rods.

Posted on: 10/31 10:25


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bigjohn58 wrote:
Go with a cheap mid arbor (large arbors are way too much reel for a rod like that). No real reason to spend money on a 4wt reel. All that reel is going to do is hold line. Lots of decent ones for around $50.


+1. Okuma Sierra ($40) is my reel of choice in this segment. It's a disc drag, which I prefer to click and pawl, even in a small reel. I have two of them for my Brookie rods.


I was looking at the Sierra, I have an Okuma SLV for salmon, and the quality is awesome.

Any suggestions for fly line?

Posted on: 10/31 10:44


Re: Looking for a good 4wt reel

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Nothing in particular...I just use a Cabelas or BPS house line on those reels.

Posted on: 10/31 11:27


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Okuma Sierra is a fine choice for that size of reel. I have a 5/6 and love it. Nothing fancy about it but it gets the job done!

Posted on: 10/31 13:15


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Maybe a reddington or a lamson. Great reviews on the zero and the liquid.

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Orvis CFO II (new version) or III (old version).

Posted on: 11/2 8:26


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Yo tj

Swattie's suggestion of Okuma Sierra is great. I have 2 and they are bulletproof. One thing to consider with glass (and boo) is a heavier reel balances better. Modern reels are designed for superlight and fast plastic tubes.

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I think you want a 3wt click pawl reel since the rod is 6"6'.. I feel if you get a "normal" 4wt reel it will be heavier on the back end.

Posted on: 11/2 12:53


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Ended up with the Okuma Sierra 3/4, perfectly balanced on the 6’-6” rod. Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Posted on: 11/10 22:34






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