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Jan Sorensen

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I recently ordered a 12’ 7-8 weight two handed bambo rod from Bob Clay at River watch. I would like to find a reel that will not only help balance the rod but also keep the classy traditional look. Suggestions would be appreciated. Jan
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Hi, Jan.  I fish with a number of older cane rods, and for the lighter two-handers I use a Hardy Salmon #1 or one of these: Hardy Cascapedia 10/11, a 3 3/4" or a 4" Dingley...the weight range from about 12 ounces up to 18 ounces fully lined. I could send you a list of lined weights for my salmon reels.  I believe the Bob Clay rods are hollow-built, so you would be looking at the lighter end of the range.  I get the most comments from the Cascapedia on the 12' #8 rods.  I have the most fun with the Dingleys, which are older than me.
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My first Bob Clay rod was the 12'-7/8. I liked a Salmon #3 on it was made it just a shade tip heavy. My 3.75" Olson fully loaded weighs 12.6ozs. and if I remember right it was also just a tiny bit tip heavy but not enough to be annoying. Also some anglers like the rod to be a bit tip heavy.

I'd ask Bob Clay about reel weight to get whatever balance you want and then start your search from there.

Off the top of my head I'd say a older Salmon #3 or a 3.75" Perfect would both be satisfactory. Having said that, reel balance is a very personal thing to many of us. If you are in the critical balance camp I'd get the rod and then start looking.

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Forgive my ignorance, I’m pretty green when it comes to double handed casting. Are these reels available new or will I have to hunt for a used one? I would wait for the rod but I’ll be picked it up on the way to Kitemat next spring and I’ll want to fish the rod. I realize that it may take a bit of fooling around to find what the rod likes but it sure would be nice to pop it’s cherry on a Steelhead.
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I just corresponded with the guy that now has my 12'-7/8 Bob Clay rod. He says the best balance is with a Bougle MK IV 4" reel to give you some idea of what gets one in the ball park.
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I just corresponded with the guy that now has my 12'-7/8 Bob Clay rod. He says the best balance is with a Bougle MK IV 4" reel to give you some idea of what gets one in the ball park.


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A Hardy Bougle MK IV should weigh about 11oz empty which I think is about the right weight. I believe the current 4" Bougle is to light @ 7.9ozs.

In new current reels the Hardy Salmon 3 is 9.9 ozs, the Hardy Cascapedia is 12.70ozs, the 7/8/9 Perfect is 9.9ozs, and the Perfect 9/10/11 is 11ozs.

The Farlex is another contender with the 3.75" @ 9/9ozs.

Of the reels listed above the wide spool Perfect 9/10/11 @ 11ozs would be my choice.

I think 11ozs empty should be about right. The line and backing will add another 3.5 ozs or a little more. 

As I said previously I would give Bob a call or email about reel weight. As he is the man!



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I have located a Hardy perfect 3 7/8” wide spool in very good condition. The seller is telling me that it was built in the 50’s and he wants me to make him an offer. After searching the web I’m really confused as the asking price people are asking varies greatly. What would be a fair offer?
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Jan, You have mail.
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Well I ended up purchasing a new 4” wide spool Hardy Perfect. Should look good hanging on the new stick. Thank you all for your input
Jan
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