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: Danielsson HD 9/13

04-21-2006, 12:31 AM
Hi everyone. I have done some research online on this reel and manufacturer actually a lot lol. I "need" a new reel for the salt I have looked at and handled more than a few reels over the winter. The great thing is that there are so many reels out there and so many good manufacturers. However, Danielsson is the one reel that I have not had the oppurtunity to see and tinker with. I would really appreciate any personal accounts of the reels performance, looks, and design, that I can get from any owners here. I love the sealed drag concept, not to mention looks, the price, and from what I have read it seems that it is a reel that can compete with the major brands out there. I had a Tibor Gulfstream that I sold regretably due to a financial bind I was in last year...:( long story...Now I see a viable need for a reel of similar size and caliber that will get used enough to justify the want and need. So I implore you gurus of great wisdom and knowledge what you might have to say about this product. All feedback both positive and negative is much appreciated!

Tight lines!


04-21-2006, 06:14 AM
Adrian -

I own that reel and it's a brick outhouse with porche aesthetics. I use that reel on the 11/12wt two-hander.

Take a look at the 8twelve LW and the 7ten HD too, you can go smaller with these very solid reels. I would think that for a typical modern light graphite 9ft 9wt the 7ten or 8twelve would balance well.

Whats the application?

04-21-2006, 07:09 AM
the abel extreme should do the job very nicely

04-21-2006, 04:06 PM
Hi all,

Thanks for the replies Mr.Mukai and Spock. If I purchased the HD 9/13 I would use it for NE saltwater gamefish ie: stripers, blues, albie, and baby tarpon and jacks down in Florida. I had planned on mounting it on my 10 wt single hander but now after reading the replies might go with the HD 7/10 instead for the 10wt...Although the 9/13 is still in my sites to mount on my 12wt for sbft and tarpon when I get the few chances a year to pursue these fish. Or is the 9/13 a good fit for the 10wt and the 11/14 for the 12...? Choices and more choices...Thanks again everyone.


04-21-2006, 05:17 PM
Adrian -

If you are joining one of our claves just bring the rods and we will try them. My guess is the LW 8twelve for the 10wt and the HD 9thirteen for the 12wt.

04-23-2006, 02:51 AM
I own almost all the Danielsson models, including the HD 9-13.
It's definately a great reel, from a "real" reel-manufacturer. It's all made in Smedjebacken, Sweden, and they stand behind their products. The few glitches I've had with my reels have been fixed no-questions-asked (this is however to be expected today from any high-end reel manufacturer).

You can't go wrong with this reel. When it comes to design? -That's all a matter of taste, whether you like the "hub cap"-look or not. The design is quite common today, but realize that danielsson were among the first to introduce it......

04-23-2006, 05:19 AM
Look at Van Stal. I saw one at a show that converts from a 10 to a 12 with a spool change. The 12 weight spool is larger yet still fits the reel.


04-25-2006, 12:46 PM
Hey guys,

For what it's worth I just bought 2 of the 9/13's for my Atlantis rods. I have heard lots of good things about the reels and am looking forward to putting them to the test shortly. If your expecting to get them by the spring clave you could be out of luck. It sounds like I may have picked up the last 2 in stock at the moment.

Tight lines.

Bob Pauli
04-25-2006, 01:28 PM
The Danielsson is an excellent choice. My 11-14HDs are the equal of my Tibor Gulfstreams in terms of reliability, have a bit more capacity, and require less maintenance.

And spare spools from Danielsson for the 11-14 are $120 vs. $300+ for Gulfstream spools.

04-27-2006, 09:28 AM
I picked up an HD 7/10 this winter and it balances really well with my 9 weights. I can't wait to get this reel on the water, as it is lightyears ahead of my rusted out redington reel from last season (lost countless fish because of it!).

The spool design is really ingenious. The spool itself is cheap because there are no intricate machine parts included on it; the locking mechanism (threaded clamp) remains on the reel.

Its good to see these guys are getting some business, despite their lack of availability at most fly shops..etc...

08-18-2006, 08:58 AM
I have been looking to buy a top of the line reel for a long time but just couldn't afford the pricing of the Tibors, Abels and such.

I started looking a Danielssons about 6 months back. Checking and finding any information I could find on them. To me the HD's seemed to be in the same class of reel as a Tibor or Abel and with many years of experience behind them too, just not in the US for the most part. My biggest need was for a 12wt. I first looked at the 11fourteen and came close to buying one, then I started rethinking and the 9-13 made much more sense for me. I will get much more use out of it as more of my fishing is using 9 and 10 wt rods and I can use it as a 12wt when I need to. Get and extra spool, load one with 10wt line the other with 12 wt and you have a great reel that can target lot of fish. Also instead of getting backup reels for my current 10 and 12 wt reels they become my backups.

I spoke with Ron Larson, Danielssons US representive and a pleasure to talk to, last night and he is sending me a HD 9thirteen and an extra spool for $553.88, including shiping. I think this is the best deal on the market right now. Before the intoductory offer was made available to US buyers you would have paid $1000 and they are still paying the equivilant in the United Kingdom and Europe.

I don't spend that kind of money easily. Many thanks to all the people on this board that answered questions on this reel and helped me make up my mind. I can't wait to try it out.

08-18-2006, 09:15 AM
Please tell Ron we appreciate their sponsorship on the Flyfishing Forum.

08-18-2006, 09:32 AM
I will send him a followup email when I get the reel and let him know.