Ways To Add Weight To A Spey Reel?

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  1. HauntedByWaters

    HauntedByWaters Active Member

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    So I was talking with a fishing buddy of mine today about how it is better to have a spey rod counter balanced by a heavy reel, as in balanced in general. This got me thinking of ways to really dial in the balance until it is perfect, which is mostly a preference to each individual angler. This especially makes sense with a lot of the more modern reels that can be extremely large which is good for spey and yet extremely light.

    I was wondering what some of the ways to add weight to a reel are. I was thinking of maybe some very thin lead impregnated line or something like that to wrap on the reel under the backing, or even tungsten type line if that is available.

    Do you guys have any of your own tips or techniques for adding weight to reel? It seems like a little dialing in could go a long way towards making a spey outfit even more easy on the body.
     
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    Years ago, I used to use lead tape on the back of some of my golf clubs to bring more weight towards the sole of the club.
     
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    Get some 3/16" pencil from a gear fishing friend. Wrap it around the butt. It may not be the prettiest but it gets the rod balanced.
     
  4. C O D Y

    C O D Y Oh, this is so good it just HAS to be fattening.

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    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    Jason, you can use some leadcore trolling line on the spool before you put your backing on.
    If I remember correctly, 100 ft is about two ounces-but I'd really recommend weighing it out on a mail scale first.
    the only problem with it is that it really cuts into your backing capacity- but if you use micron over the leadcore, it should work out ok.
    and if the outfit is really unbalanced, a couple ounces will only help a little. You'll be surprised how much weight you have to add, especially on longer rods.
    hope this helps, Bob
     
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    This looks interesting.

    I can't find any info on which reels are compatible and where to buy it. The link just take me to a picture.
     
  7. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Just get some lead-core like was suggested and save yourself 10 of those 15 bucks.
     
  8. halcyon

    halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    The full article can be found here "http://www.beaucatcher.com/Spey_Info.htm" part way down the page. These weights are not for sale. I had mine made by a local machine shop. Any machine shop should be able to do the same for you. I designed them so I could balance a rod without reducing the line capacity of the reel.
     
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    Yeah that looks like a really cool idea and my buddy has a machine shop.
     
  10. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    that bushing picture has got me thinking though-
    maybe I can wrap sheet lead or lead wire onto my litepeed and put some duct tape over it--
    hmmmm.....;)
     
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    Make sure you check the balance or the next time a steelhead takes off it could be pretty interesting.:)

    GBeeman
     
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    iagree

    It would be best to add the weight to the frame rather than the spool. Any loose or unbalanced pieces could spell disaster when the spool starts spinning.

    maybe just lead tape or sheet on the inside of the reel frame.
     
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    I've heard, though I haven't done it myself, that one can insert lead (sinkers?, shot pellets?) into the hollow hub of a Pflueger Medalist reel.
     
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    Jason,

    Think physics and moment arm for a minute. I recommend not adding weight to the reel, especially the revolving part. You'll make your whole outfit heavier by adding weight to the reel to balance it. You will achieve balance with the least weight by adding it as close to the butt of the rod as possible. That would be by removing whatever rubber dohickey is on the end of your rod and stuffing some solid core pencil lead inside the butt end of the rod blank until you get the rod to balance at the desired point, usually where you hold the rod during the swing or about two inches forward of the cork grip.

    No charge.

    Sincerely,

    Salmo g.
     
  15. C O D Y

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    Both Galvan and The Spey Company make weights that fit in their reels. The reels were designed to accept the weights and makes balancing a spey rod easy. A Galvan reel is a thing of beauty.

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