Lightest 8wt Spey Reel?

Big K1

Large Member
#2
Check out some Loop reels. Why do you want the lightest reel?
Lots of reels weigh in at around the same weight. Reel weight is
not really a issue with a two hander.

Kevin
 

Philster

Active Member
#3
Loop 3W at 6.7 oz. You really don't need to be overly concerned about weight. The best combo I've ever held is a Sage 13.5 7wt and a tibor riptide at 9.5 oz. Another personal favorite is the Pate tarpon at over 13 oz. on 14 ft 9wt rods. I have a never used loop 4 I would consider selling. Around 9 oz.
 
#4
Kevin and Phil are right: reel weight isn't very important with a spey rod... On the other hand, above a certain point, you begin to feel that you're wasting the advantage of a light rod. The Lamson Velocity 4 is listed at 6.5 oz. (WF10/250 yes. 30#); that probably is the lightweight champ. I also like my G. Ryall #10 small arbor at 6.7 oz. (WF10/200 yds. 20#).
 
#5
When you consider spey reel weight, you might want to keep in mind, that your rod works more efficiently when you balance it with the reel, and line weight.
 
#7
Thanks for all your input guys, you are all a big help.
More likely I'll go the Litespeed or Velocity 4, I'm already use to the smooooth conical drag.

Peter ><>

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Richard E

Active Member
#8
Disagree with you, Phil, but in a good way about your comment "You really don't need to be overly concerned about weight".

Reel weight is a consideration, but in a different perspective than for one-handed sticks. Because of the longer rod length and the mass therefore being moved 'forward' from the grip, it is sometimes preferable to err on the side of a 'heavier' reel to help balance the rod better.

I would likely go for a heavier reel than the comparable Litespeed, to get the right balance.

My $0.02:thumb
 

Philster

Active Member
#9
>Disagree with you, Phil, but in a good way about your
>comment "You really don't need to be overly concerned
>about weight".
>
>Reel weight is a consideration, but in a different
>perspective than for one-handed sticks. Because of the
>longer rod length and the mass therefore being moved
>'forward' from the grip, it is sometimes preferable to
>err on the side of a 'heavier' reel to help balance the
>rod better.
>
Kinda what I meant Ricardo when I said "You really don't need to be overly concerned about weight." It may not have been clear but I meant you don't need to be concerned about going light. You'll note my preferences, including the pate, and the Abel 4.5N I didn't mention. I like 'em heavy, single handed or double handed. My reels are always at least one line size over the rod size. As in 12 wt reel on a 10 wt. rod. It's always worked better for me and my ass-backwards casting mechanics.