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Hi Guys, I'm not a new fly caster, have been fishing for trout 20yrs. I would like to have a salt water set up ready if I hit a school of ****tail blues or rat stripers. QUESTION-I have a South Bend Finalist model 1144 (over 20yrs. old but new) which has a 3'' diameter spool and a nylon drag. Can I use this with an inexpensive rod (maybe Cortland) in 8 or 9 wt. I was thinking a 9' rod. I don't want to get crazy with salt water fly fishing, I just want to have a usable, inexpensive setup handy!
Thanks in advance!
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As far as the reel doing the job on "****tails and rat-bass" should a good fish come along .....
I don't know the reel ,but, knowing South Bend I wouild venture a guess that the salt will eat it up real quick.

But hey I have I've been there and done that and had alot of fun til it was time for a new reel.
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