I'm planning on buying an ultralght rod as the year warms up, maybe a 0 or 00wt like the Sage TXL. I was wondering if anyone here fishes with such a rod regularly and what your thoughts are on reel selection for it?
I found only one website
discussing reels for ultralights, which is by Bill Byrd. He suggest that a smooth drag is an important factor, although in giving this advice he is referring more to playing a big fish from the reel on an ultralight rod, and not really (I don't think...) to stripping in smaller fish, for which you probably wouldn't need to play the fish from the reel (I'm guessing...my lightest rod is a 3wt so I'm not exactly sure what a 0wt line can and can't do in this regard).
The sticking point for me is that reels with good disc drags seem to be a little heavier than reels without disc drags (unless you get into the really expensive ones like the Ross Evolution). I have never fished a sub-2ounce fly rod before so I'm not too sure how the issue of balance factors in with something so light, but my guess is that it's the same as any other rod and you want to have good balance; is that right?
I'm sure Mr. Byrd is onto something when he talks about the importance of drag in landing large fish on light rods, but I just can't imagine myself landing any large fish on a 00wt rod, for one, and for two, I wonder at how a 00wt rod would feel with a 4 ounce reel.
Basically, this all boils down to whether I will be just getting an extra spool for my Lamson Velocity reel (which weighs 4.25oz but has a great drag). Or, should I spring for something that still has a great drag, but is even lighter, like the Ross Evolution (3.4oz in the smallest size), OR, do you think that a 2.75 ounce click and pawl reel, like the Sage 3100, would be sufficient?
A related question springs to mind...are there any inexpensive reels in the same weight range that have comparable drags to Rosses or Lamsons? For instance, the Scientific Anglers system 2L reel weighs 3.6 ounces in its lightest version, but I've never used a Scientific Anglers reel so I don't know how they compare.