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#12150945 - 07/17/17 4wt reels  
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I recently bought a St Croix Imperial 7.5 ft, 4 wt, 4pc rod to use on our streams in the Smokys. Alot of native fish up there and nothing over 12 inches. I'm looking for a reel but don't see the need to spend a bunch of money on a line holder. I'm looking at $100 or less fly reels.

What say you guys on reels for this setup?


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#12151012 - 07/17/17 Re: 4wt reels [Re: bwinters]  
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#12151018 - 07/17/17 Re: 4wt reels [Re: vmthtr]  
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Old or new version of the Medalist?

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#12151505 - 07/17/17 Re: 4wt reels [Re: bwinters]  
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the medalist is a good eel. I have 3 of them but I think it would too heavy for your rod

I would go for something like thisnt need a great drag. I have one of this as a back up for my 3 wt and not a bad option.

https://www.amazon.com/Piscifun-Fis...mp;sr=1-2&keywords=fly+reel+4+weight


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#12151584 - 07/17/17 Re: 4wt reels [Re: bwinters]  
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if you want to spend a bit more this is a great deal

https://www.backcountry.com/wright-...Rmx5IFJlZWxzOjE6MTI6YmNzQ2F0MTIxMDAwMDk=

#12151626 - 07/17/17 Re: 4wt reels [Re: ribka]  
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I'll have a look at the Wright/McGill - we are on the same page. Ive also been looking at the Okuma SLV 45, Lamson Liquid 1.5, Redington Surge.


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#12152169 - 07/17/17 Re: 4wt reels [Re: ribka]  
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After reviewing all the 'cheaper' reels I was looking at, bought the Wright McGill Dragonfly from Amazon for $52. Even had a $50 Amazon gift card cool

The Dragon fly is machined 6061 aluminum and graphite disc drag. I couldn't tell if the drag is sealed it had but none of the other reels I was looking were except the Lamson Liquid. Online reviews were positive so we'll see how much drag inertia it has - might use on a local stream with bigger trout.

Thanks for the heads up!

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#12155438 - Yesterday at 10:49 AM Re: 4wt reels [Re: bwinters]  
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You just need a ceramic disc reel.... SA makes a good one https://www.amazon.com/Scientific-Anglers-Concept-Reel-Black/dp/B01F3YJDXW

and the orvis battenkill 3,4,5 weight disc reel has great balance. Get an extra spool to easily change out lines.


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I would not count out anything from Cabelas. I have had a Cabelas reel on my St.Croix for 8 years and I still fish it religiously. I forget which model and the writing on it wore off years ago.


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