05-29-2012, 05:01 PM
Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?
Originally Posted by brookfieldangler
I am having a custom 6wt built and looking at reels for it. I will be using this for smallies and carp primarily. As anyone who has ever caught one knows, a carp could really peel some line in a very short amount time so I want a reel with some good capacity for backing.
Most of the 5/6 reels out there seem to be pretty standard at 100yards backing/6wt wf line. In slower moving water this probably sufficient, but I tend to fish where the carp have easy access to some pretty fast current and would really like a bit more than that.
As a result, I am wondering if I can throw a bigger reel on there and load up on backing. As an example, the Ross Evolution LT comes in a size 3 and 4. Size 3 is a WF6+100 reel and the size 4 is a WF8+150 - imagine how much backing I can put on 6wt line! 200?
The weight difference is only .3 oz (4.8 vs 4.5) and I assume the extra backing will add a bit as well.
Is there any reason why I shouldnt do this?
I agree with the others that you can put lighter line on a larger reel.
But I will say there are reasons a reel is matched to a line and that is matched to a fly rod. Although the larger reel itself is may not weigh a lot more than the smaller reel, you need to load the larger reel with the extra backing and that adds some weight also.
I think you should really ask yourself why you think you need all that extra backing? What I am getting at is that if you think you are going to hook a fish that will take you 90 feet plus another 450 feet into the backing, maybe the amount of backing is not the problem. The problem is a rod without the backbone to keep that fish from running away with all that line.
Maybe you need to go up a line size to a stronger 7 or 8 weight that will keep that fish closer to you. Consider that a fly line is not like mono that has very little resistance in the water. Once 90 feet of fly line is out and in the water, it creates drag that the fish can use to break the leader.
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