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Old 09-26-2011, 03:30 PM
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Default Underloading a reel?

I have, what I am afraid will be, a potentially obvious question but I am not sure.
I am a new fly fisherman with a rod and reel I am happy with. The reel is a Redington drift 5/6.
I am planning to buy a Redington 3 weight CT rod for small streams and backpacking but currently I don't have the resources to buy another reel (especially if I don't have too).
I am wondering what problems I would have if I bought another 5/6 drift spool and spooled it with 3 weight line to use on the lighter rod.
I assume the reel might be a bit heavier then ideal, but would I have any other problems? (Down the road I intend to buy a 3 weight reel and put a 5wt full sink line on the extra drift spool)
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Default Re: Underloading a reel?

There may be a few who disagree with me here but, I see no problem with it. I think the whole weight of the reel/balance thing is drastically over rated. It sounds like a good plan to me.
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It'll work just fine.
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Thanks guys, I just wanted some reinforcement before I go spend some cash.
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Default Re: Underloading a reel?

The way that I look at the balance thing is that it feels right or it doesn't. The Drift is made so light, that it should not be an issue. Enjoy the rig.

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Default Re: Underloading a reel?

I, in my infinite newbieness, have been using an 8wt with a 9-10 reel. The balance has not really been an issue. I think you'll be fine, especially based on the assumption that you won't exactly be double-hauling the 3wt?
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Default Re: Underloading a reel?

Well guys just to follow up, I am now the proud owner of a CT 6 piece 3 weight. Thrilled with the rod for where I am at and what I wanted to do with it.
I ended up getting the 3 weight reel, they sold it to me for the same price as a spool I was planning on getting so how could I say no. My local fly shop has my business for life. (I'm pretty sure that was true before, but now it most definitely is.)

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