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Old 08-14-2013, 10:15 AM
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I recently saw an ad for the newly introduced Tibor Signature Series 5-6 reel. They call it Saltwater Tough but Freshwater Light. It weighs in at 7 oz and is only 3 1/4" in diameter. Holds 200 to 225 feet of backing. Does this weight of reel sound a little heavy to be called "Light" ? What do you think and what do your freshwater reels normally weigh in at?
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Default Re: What's your opinion

Save for a place to 'store your fly line' one thing a reel needs to do is 'counter balance' the rod in front of your hand. Longer the rod, the more 'oz's' you may need.

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Default Re: What's your opinion

I could prowl around in google, looking at the specs of other reels to see what they weigh (as could you, if interested) but my BBS III (5-7wt) weighs 3.9 oz. The Access mid arbor weighs 4.62 oz. My clunky cheap Ross reels this size weigh closer to 6 oz. I would not say 7 oz is light.
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My current 9'/#6 is balanced by a 3 7/8" reel weighing 6.9 oz. (empty). The Tibor Signature, like all Tibors, is not a light weight reel and is not intended for lightweight duty either, unless it is treated as tackle jewelry. Remember there are some who fish a fast, powerful #6 for bonefish and schoolie stripers. 7-weight is the lightest I personally go for bones but there are folks who fish for bonefish in Mexico and Belize where they are quite small on average. That is where a reel like this little Tibor would be applicable.
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