Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by golfman44, May 16, 2014.
I'm gonna wear bright red lipstick when I fish to match my rod and reel.
I have used heavy and light reals on many different two handers and never noticed a diminishing of casting performance. It is more important to get a real that has a great consistent drag in all types of weather conditions, a reputation for durability and holding the amount of line that you need to do the job.
I agree with you on all your points about reels, soundfly. And there is very little enhancement of casting, that's not what I'm talking about, though I'm sure some world-class casters would disagree with you.
I'm referring not to the two second cast, but about the long swing afterwards and all the other time spent holding the rod during the day. It adds up; think about holding the tip up on a 15'er with a light reel all day. Like I said, less critical on the shorter sticks, but still a consideration.
Having spent many years casting 15 and 16 foot rods all day with mid and long belly lines, swinging away, I can say reel weight makes no difference to me. Though I agree that some "World Class Casters" might disagree, They are not the final authority. I have found that after 25 years of spey casting and having spent time with guys who are regular Joes and some who are who the top casting guys, most casters of average ability won't know the difference.
I have a couple of two handers in the weight range you mention, and I use a reel that is 6.9 oz empty and used to use one that was about 9 oz empty. The 7 oz range seems pretty good. The 9 oz one was good as well. All things being equal, I'd take a bit too much heft over too little, but honestly I cannot say I think it matters much.
If you are in that 7-8 oz empty ballpark, you should be good. Lots of good tweaking advice here as well, if you are inclined to seek a more perfect balance.
Have fun! I admit, even though I have too many 2 handers already...that Red stick gives me the green eyed monster. Maybe I should spray paint my TCX
the reel worked just fine. was able to balance it on one finger on the cork during swings when i tried. granted the rod and reel are light enough as is that it doesnt really matter, but i can see why people obsess over balance on heavier/long rods.
i was surprised how nice the rod was even with me throwing the "wrong" lines on it. granted going from a $100 spey rod to this one probably contributed greatly to how nice it feels.
I'm sure that rod is the shit, no matter what you have been tossing. I am sure I'd enjoy fishing it as well
I'm with you on the light rod thing. With a combined out of the box weight of less than a pound, they all feel like there is almost nothing there to me.
I fish Hardy bougle IV because they look good on all speyrods, my saraciones only look cool on 15foot or longer rods !
... glad the reel choice balanced nicely for you! I think you'll likely enjoy fishing it like that.