06-14-2012, 12:00 PM
Re: reel to rod balance
This is all well and good but it's not the whole story.
Fly fishing and the use a fly rod can not be reduced to the science of casting. It's apples and oranges.
The other day I was using a friend's homemade 7.5' bamboo 4wt. The first thing that struck me was how heavy it was in the tip. You'd think I'd be used to this as at least 1/2 the rods I own are vintage, some cane but mostly glass.
The difference was that I balance my rods with heavy reels and the borrowed cane had a small, light weight reel on it.
'Well "you might say, "science has just shown us that lighter is better to cast, so what's your beef?"
The thing is "casting" is not fly fishing.
Much more often when you're "fishing" you're doing things such as following a drift or even moving from place to place, or hopefully playing a fish.
A rod that's "balanced" in your hand is easier to deal with and not as tiring to use.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart
Last edited by Rip Tide; 06-14-2012 at 12:44 PM.