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#1 Bobbykurva

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Posted August 07 2007 - 11:04 AM

What does a 7/0, 4/0, 8/0 etc translate into model talk? i.e. - is a 7/0 equivalent to a 50?, 80?, etc.
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#2 Dr. Rob

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Posted August 07 2007 - 5:45 PM

Well, I happen to know this... Two-part answer:
1) The 80, 130 designations and so on are just a semi-standardized table of sizes by reel manufacturers to categorize their sizes in the tableau of IGFA line classes. Usually a capacity of say, 800 yd of mono of a given line class.
In a general sort of comparative way, it works out to approximately:
4/0 = 30 lb class
6/0 = 50 lb class
9/0 = 80 lb class
12-14/0 = 130 lb class
18/0 = Unlimited, off the charts.
Things get confusing when people talk about say, a Tiagra 16 being a great 50-lb reel... They're talking about using superbraid lines and bumping up the ladder a bit.
2) What does /0 actually mean? A commonly held notion is that it is the letter O, short for offshore or ocean fishing reel. This is however not true. (isn't that sort of obvious if you have a 12/0 reel??) See the whole (long) story in an old thread at the reel historians club forum,
http://orcaonline.or....=offshore#5838
...and now you know.
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Posted August 07 2007 - 8:51 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the info!


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Posted August 08 2007 - 5:35 AM

Well, I happen to know this... Two-part answer:

1) The 80, 130 designations and so on are just a semi-standardized table of sizes by reel manufacturers to categorize their sizes in the tableau of IGFA line classes. Usually a capacity of say, 800 yd of mono of a given line class.

In a general sort of comparative way, it works out to approximately:

4/0 = 30 lb class
6/0 = 50 lb class
9/0 = 80 lb class
12-14/0 = 130 lb class
18/0 = Unlimited, off the charts.

Things get confusing when people talk about say, a Tiagra 16 being a great 50-lb reel... They're talking about using superbraid lines and bumping up the ladder a bit.

2) What does /0 actually mean? A commonly held notion is that it is the letter O, short for offshore or ocean fishing reel. This is however not true. (isn't that sort of obvious if you have a 12/0 reel??) See the whole (long) story in an old thread at the reel historians club forum,

http://orcaonline.or....=offshore#5838

...and now you know.

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Every now and then I wonder, what was the biggest reel ever made........what metric would we use to measure it...............line cap.....line # test.........I have been thinking in terms of diameter of the side plates. Would it be from the days of Hemingway and Zane Grey/Gray? I'm gonna check w/ the reel club site.


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Posted August 08 2007 - 2:49 PM

The largest reel currently in production is the Everol 18/0. It makes a Penn 130 look small.
The largest reels were made in the heyday prior to WWII, by names like Coxe and Stead. Line capacities were usually thought of in terms of linen or cuttyhunk, so they don't say much anymore.
Sideplate diameter-wise it became impractical to make anything larger than 8 or 10 inches, by which time they were into 20/0 sizes.
Do a google for "Reels as big as your head", and find a site whose proprietor has a pretty decent collection and picture gallery.
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