Originally Posted by fly505
Great! Thanks for the replies...ya the Speedster #3.5 weighs at 5.7oz vs the #4 at 8.5....I know the majority of this added weight is due to the larger drag. I believe the edge #9 weighs in at 5-5.2 oz...just didnt want to be like "woah...should've got the 3.5" if is gonna be totally out of whack. I believe the larger drag is worth the extra weight, just didnt want to sacrifice alot of cast and feel. I'll have to take a look at the other reels you mentioned, definitely liking the Hardy but not so much on the reflective glare finish. Thanks again and to hear more from you all.
No problem at all with the Speedster #4 in my opinion. As comparison- my Scott A2 9' 8wt rod weighs 4.2 ounces and it is well balanced with a Ross Canyon Big Game 4 which is just under 10.25 ounces with line and backing.
My 9' 9wt is an old Sage Moderate Action Graphite that weighs 4.65 ounces and it is balanced with a Lamson Saltwater Series Bonefish. This reel is a tank and tips the scales at 12 ounces with line and backing.
I would imagine that the Speeadster 4 with line and backing would likely be at or under 10 ounces, still making for an outfit that will fish very well for your needs and not become fatiguing.