Weight vs. Balance
This weekend I purchased a TFO Axiom 8wt (a rocket launcher of a rod) to be used for casting heavy bass bugs into cover, chasing steelhead, and for salt fishing reds and bonefish in time. I now need to put a reel on it. Here's my dilemna. The rod is bloody heavy, a full 5.5 ounces, and my first instinct was to lighten the overall load by shaving ounces on the reel. I realize, though, that I may need to rethink that in the interest of balance. For reference, I stuck my 6wt's Battenkill Mid Arbor III on it, 5.7 ounces, and the balance was still forward of the grip.
Weight vs. balance. Any thoughts?