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Recommend 7wt reel for SMB LMB Pike

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Building out the recon 7 i got for xmas, purchased Airflo Streamer Max for this setup.  Looking for a reel , dont want to spend too much as I rarely if ever put most of the fish i hook up here on drag, only exceptions have been a catfish 1x and one exceptional smb in current.

 

7 seems to be an in between size.

 

I like the Lamson reels, have a few cheapos that have taken a beating, I have seen the Behemoth around but wonder if thats too big.

 

 

Thanks in advace for anyone commenting.

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What's your budget?  Orvis Clearwater reels look decent and are cheap, but I haven't used one so I can't comment on durability.  Ross Cimarron 2's are on closeout most places and can be had for $ 150...I picked one up for my 8wt. 

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I fish Redington Behemoths (original models) from Salmon/Steelhead/Pike to Striper/Albie/Mahi and have had no issues with drag function on any fish in any weather/temperature.  Switch, spey and single. The finish gets beat even with care and they are not lightweight, but I don't believe they get the credit they deserve.

 

Also Sage, Redington and Rio are all under Far Bank Enterprises, so the customer service is all the exact same company.

 

 

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Behemoth is a great deal for a freshwater, low-tier reel.  Great drag in the higher settings (some startup inertia low), and can take a beating.  And 130 bucks.  

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you can buy a used orvis battenkill disc 7/8 for $100 or maybe less.  I have a few and they work great.  I find the drag fine, but really never use it as I fish primarily for smallmouth.  I think you will rarely use the drag and virtually any drag with a bit of palming will work.

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You don't need anything fancy for LMB/SMB or pike.  Just a reel big enough to hold the line you want to use and 50 -100yrds of backing.  Redington Rise, any Lamson reel, Battenkills, anything really. Find something you like used or new and go for it!

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qecfly has the answer!  don't overthink it.  just get something for less than a hundy that you like the looks of or looks good with your rod of choice.

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The older Pflueger Medalists that were "Made in USA" are light and a proven design and half the price (or less). Make sure you get one with a metal drag plate and keep it clean and lubed and you'll be all set. A 1495 or 1495-1/2 (with a wider spool) should do the trick. If you want faster pick-up like the modern wide-arbor reels try a 1496. There's also 1496-1/2 and a 1498 but these would probably be overkill on a 7wt.

 

 

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I ended up pulling the trigger on a pfleuger I liked the price and seems like an older battenkill that I had thanks everyone

 

 

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On 2/8/2019 at 4:02 PM, stormy monday said:

For my 7 wt LMB rod I use the trusty old Medalist. Got the new version of it and it does me well. Nice in a retro way too...

that's all you need and still overkill since you'll almost never get them to the reel and the species in question never run,you won't even need backing!

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