Lightest 8wt Spey Reel?

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  1. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

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    Was wondering what is the lightest 8wt Spey reel out there? Could it be Lamson's Velocity 4 at 8.75 oz?

    Thanks!

    Peter ><>

    Mark 12:30-31
     
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    Big K1 Large Member

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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#).
     
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    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.
     
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    Luv2flyfish Another Flyfisherman

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    Small Admininstrative note: A Tioga 12 LA will hold Zero backing if armed with a rio grand spey.....
     
  7. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

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

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