Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Kent Lufkin, May 5, 2013.
I think that new battenkill reel will find several homes on many lighter fly rods, such as the CT.
I just had a chance to verify some details from the comparison above. The Sage 379 LL weighs 2.4oz while the CT is 2.6oz. The sections of the LL are 45-5/8" while the CT's are 16-3/8" The tube for the LL is just a smidge under 49" while that of the CT is 19-1/2".
inexpensive. i have the 8' 4wt paired with Redington's Rise 3/4 which I picked up on the Clymb last year for $89. The reel is not as nice as the rod, but I got them both cheaply and I'm VERY pleased with the rod.
Maybe, maybe not. The Battenkill III weights a paltry 3.2 ounces while the II that Ive bought is a ridiculous 2.9oz. By comparison, the Marryat CMR 56 that I used in my comparison weighs 4.4oz bare and fully loaded with backing, line and leader, balanced both rods within the winding check.
Unless you pair that Orvis reel with a rod that's MUCH lighter than either the LL or the CT (and preferably one with a downlocking reel seat as you pointed out), it's likely that your combination won't balance.
So what lower end real would you recommend? ??
I'm not up to speed on the current crop of low price reels, so I'd defer to others' advice. Was me though, I'd look hard at an Orvis BBS in the middle size. They're not the cheapest reel on the block, but from personal experience their build quality and the Orvis warranty make their price money well spent.
This one! After all, it was designed to be paired with the CT
I'd get a medalist. 30$ or so on eBay/Craigslist on a regular basis.
Eric, I'm liking the Okuma SLV 4/5 on my new Redington CT 4 wt. That's a sub-$45 reel if you look around a bit!
I grabbed one of those to partner up with my 2wt CT. Balances well
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Notable point. Still think find way on those looking for simple c/p system.
it's light touch and finesse are complimented by a core strength that easily allows it to handle river fish up to 18-20" with authority.
I have been fishing a 2 piece 389 LL for about one month and have had a 2 piece 490 for over a decade.
I agree with Kent's and Steve's comments on core strength of these rods when challenged by big fish.
Here's another thread that covers the same topic, in case some have missed it.
I had a CT 3wt 7'6" that I compared to my 379 LL. I'm not knocking the CT, I will probably get one in the 8' 4wt, but the CT is noticeably stiffer/faster action, and can cast further because of it.