Originally Posted by mojo
Flyweight or Featherweight. He couldn't go wrong for that price.
The reel should balance the rod out with a normal grip. Meaning where you consistently grip your rod, with the correct reel, it should balance out. No tip or butt heavy. Pedro (and golfers) called it swing weight. My spey rod has a 9+ oz reel on it. The rod is well balanced. If I put the reel on a lighter rod, it would plain suck.
When you get a good balanced outfit, it feels good right from the start, and you'll know it.
Pocono, I knew what you meant. Able is a good reel, but if I had the money to buy one, it would be for a 4w on up I think. Love the painted Abel's but can't afford it.
And as for the Bougle. Good choice. I'd love one. But it's not in the list of ff'ing priorities right now.
I just purchased an Abel CreeK #2 in black today at my local Fly Shop's annual pre-opening sale. It pairs very well with my Sage ZXL 3. wt. (balance is right between the index and middle fingers as I hold the grip). Loaded with a Rio Gold WF 3F line, it's ready to go with me next Saturday (season opening day).
Sunday I'll be packing my way up into one or more of the headwaters streams in the area with my trusty Fenwick FF535/Martin MG-3 rig and a dozen or so #12 elk hair caddis and assorted #14-18 nymphs (dry/dropper rig is the way to go at this time of year on the local Pocono streams).
I'm working up a 3rd instar Baetis nymph pattern for next week, as the report is that the Little black Stoneflies are starting to disappear and the little BWOs have started to come off the water. If it works, then it's headed into Peregrine's BWO life cycle swap. We'll see.