Reel balance

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  1. golfman44

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    I realize the best way to do this is to line your rod and balance it with your fingers on tour natural grip point, but hypothetically speaking if you didn't have this luxury... Is there some kind of general rule of thumb of rod weight to reel weight ratio?

    Rod weighs 6.5oz is 12ft6inch
    It's a 7wt so going to be throwing 450-525grains on it (if that matters).

    Roughly what Oz reel should I be looking at?

    This is spey rod. No its not a deathstar
     
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    Do people really care about this? There's so many factors at play while fishing that "balancing" on your finger doesn't tell you shit. I've used reels in a very wide weight range on my rods, and never seem to notice much of a difference while fishing.
     
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    Not sure. I've always had a similar thought process as you (also why I don't care about balancing it on my fingers), but then again I've never had anything nicer than a $50 spey reel.
    Now that I'm upgrading I figure I'd at least try to find a weight range of reels to look at as a starting point.

    I was going to ask this on spey pages but I'd probably be crucified for not buying a $300 click pawl that's custom fit to balance on my custom cork handle
     
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    On speys, I understand the argument a little more. Single handers, I don't get it. On speys, it can be tiring to hold the tip section up while swinging, so something heavier can be desirable. Just keep in mind you have line out in the river, and the current pulling on the tip. So there's a lot of factors that go in to "balance."

    That said, my spey reels are pretty damn light, and I've never had an issue.
     
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    I agree with Evan that it matters little on a single hander, but a spey rod is a different animal. I don't have a rule of thumb, but I would strap the reel on your rod before buying. You'll know if the rod is going to be tip heavy. I would also let your fly shop know and they should steer you in the right direction.
     
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    That seems like a light spey rod, like Method light..

    I've cast an under-balanced single hander with with a super lighter reel and it is pretty uncomfortable.
     
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    Red is a good color for summer runs on the Reiter Pond.
     
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    Looking for a red reel to match
     
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    did you find one for a decent price on spey pages? lurkin' dem classifieds 24/7
     
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    600 but I might buy new.
     
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    Yea the 4k one comes in red too now and is much cheaper.

    I think I'll just spray paint my $50 reel #fashionshow
     
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