Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.
I use a Super 6 on my Sage 690-4 XP. The Super 6 is 6.9 oz. I have no issues with this set up - I love the way it works for me and the balance is actually very good.
I've grown accustomed to having a little heavier reel on all my rigs. Your point about when the fly line is out through the rod is on point, it does balance things out on the outfit.
I recently purchased a click/pawl - Orvis CFO III. You would think that it would be perfect for a light 486-4 ZXL but to me, initially, it seems too light. Hence my comment that I'm used to a little heavier reel, because I "know" that the CFO III is ideal for a 8' 6" fly rod.