Ways To Add Weight To A Spey Reel?

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  1. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    ?????? How much line do you or will you have out when you balance your outfit? 40ft, 60ft, At what point is it balanced? Does that not change or am I thinking to technical? Are we balancing it when the line is not out? Do we just balance for the amount of running line held off the water? Does the rate of swing and depth fished change the balancing? what if we change lines, does that change the balance?:beathead:


    Keith:hmmm:
     
  2. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    I forgot to mention the friction of the water against the line...:beathead:

    no, you don't have to make it that hard.

    Just go out in the yard, put your outfit together and start stripping line out of the rod tip while you walk. if you can get the whole head and color change out (if your line has one) that should be good enough. now try to balance the rod on your finger. If the balance point is somewhere near where you hold the rod during the swing, you're golden.

    For me, I want to add a few ounces to the butt end because I have to hold my 15' rod about 4" above the top grip during the swing for the rod to balance slightly tip up, which is how I like it for drylining. "your mileage may vary", as guys like to say here in the pages.

    actually, if you're holding a DH rod in your hand, you're golden-all the rest of it is gravy.:thumb:
    hope this helps, Bob
     
  3. Salmo_g

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    Sashjo,

    Whether balance is over-rated probably depends how out of balance a specific rod/reel/line combination is. No worries if it's only slightly unbalanced. If it's extreme, it can affect whether I want to fish the rod or not. My interest in Spey rod balance was occasioned by the Sage 9140 when I first built it up with the fore and butt grips almost the same length, with the reel seat slightly back from the middle. It was handy for reeling in line or playing a fish, but I grew tired of holding it during the swing for each cast. It was only comfortable to swing if I held onto the rod blank forward of the foregrip. It wasn't a good arrangement. I removed the old grips and reel seat and rebuilt it with a short rear grip of about 4", the reel seat, and a typical long foregrip, and now all is well with that rod so long as it is equiped with a fairly heavy reel.

    Paul,

    Yeah, sometimes the buttcap is epoxied onto the end of the rod blank, and you can't remove it without modifying the rod butt slightly. The preferred balance point varies among anglers. I think it's most important that you get it right for "you." I like the balance point at the front of my rod hand to two inches forward of it.

    Dec might like unbalanced reels for the extra noise produced, but I think making a reel unbalanced by adding lead to a revolving part is a really bad idea in that the effective weight becomes a flywheel under centrifugal force. Think about bicycle wheels and why builders go to great lengths to manufacture ever lighter wheels.

    Spaz,

    It makes sense to me to improve the balance point on a long heavy rod. I suggest adding the weight at the lowest point on the rod because that will achieve the desired balance effect with the smallest amount of added weight. I'm feeling a little weird here. Am I the only one who took physics?

    Grayone,

    It's a personal thing. The balance matters most to me when I'm casting and holding the rod during the swing. Therefore, the balance matters when the head or belly portion of the fly line is out beyond the tip top. The weight of the running line isn't significant to matter much. The head or belly amounts to an ounce or ounce and a half, maybe two ounces on really large line sizes.

    Sincerely,

    Salmo g.
     
  4. halcyon

    halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    Salmo g,
    It isn't that others have not taken physics, but that for a 13 to 16 ft rod with the reel typically about 5 to 7 inches above the butt end of the rod, as a practical matter adding weight to the reel frame is more easily done without voiding any warranties for rebuilding the rod:thumb:
     
  5. Salmon Chaser

    Salmon Chaser Wannabe Spey God

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    Buy a Perfect in the proper size to accompany your rod length:thumb:
    Or,, Tim at Speyco reels will have a reel to more than balance what you need. Just buy a real reel
    Salmon Chaser
     
  6. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    Salmon Chaser suggests the ultimate solution of course- getting the right reel to begin with.

    Salmo G- sure, I know about levers and relative weight, but I'm sure I don't want to drill holes in my lower grip to add lead. Adding weight at the point where the lightest weight will have the most effect (butt) makes perfect sense but there are other considerations too.

    I don't want to create a setup that permanently marries a reel and a rod by altering the rod. From your post I know you know how much fatigue is created by an unbalanced long rod, much more so than a shorter rod, so we do agree-but adding removable weight to the nonmoving parts of the reel seems like the solution that will work best for me, simply because I can reverse the process anytime. My Lamsons are ideally suited for this because of the center tower on the frame, which contains the bearings and drag. The tower is stationary and the spool spindle rotates inside it.
    This thread has really been good because it's provoked me to think about making some small adjustments to my tackle that will make fishing less tiring and more enjoyable. Thanks to everybody!
    Bob
     
  7. Paul Huffman

    Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

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    An interesting thread for sure as I've just gone through the same process. I tried the leadcore trolling line--actually a gift from SpeySpaz :beer2:--. It helped alot to balance the weight of my 16'er. But not enough. 100' was 2.4oz.
    I've kept my rods slightly tip heavy and liked it, but this was too much work to make it through a whole day of swinging. I bought a Speyco reel that put me on the other side of tip heavy. It's affected my whole casting stroke. Am still getting used to it, but think I like it.
    Balancing the rod butt is no doubt an efficient way to go. If you can afford it a new reel is alot more fun!
     
  9. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    Dan.
    We must fish.
    I just got a new flask from MalWart for three bucks and I'm dying to try it out...
    that 16' feels like a completely different rod with that Speyco on it.
     

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