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Old 02-25-2009, 11:02 PM
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Default Rod vs. Reel weight

Is there a basic formula for balancing a rod to a reel? I am making this up off the top of my head, but something like....."if the rod weighs four ounces, subtract a half ounce and that is how much your reel should weigh". I know it is not as simple as that, but I am looking for a general rule of thumb to use as a starting point if there is one. Thanks.
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I suppose... but you have to take a bunch into account, like rod length, line type and typical range fished... but seriously, don't we have to do enough math in real life?
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Default Re: Rod vs. Reel weight

Sure there are all kinds of formulae and theories.

One of them that seems to make some sense, is that the reel should weigh in at 1.5x the "swing weight" of the rod:

Match a Fly Rod and Fly Reel - A Question of Balance

I've never selected reels that way, or gone thru any kind of analysis like that. I would need 2 slide rules and three notary publics to figure it out.

I just like having a reel (with fly line and backing) that balances the rod somewhere near the point where your index finger grips the cork (as the fulcrum). It seems to be the right balance for casting.

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Default Re: Rod vs. Reel weight

I always thought lighter was better with reels, but my Ross Evolution leaves
my 9' already-light-Sage feeling tip heavy. I considered returning one of the
Evo's, and buying a heavier Ross Rhythm . This rig balances at the winding
check right.
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Default Re: Rod vs. Reel weight

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I just like having a reel (with fly line and backing) that balances the rod somewhere near the point where your index finger grips the cork (as the fulcrum). It seems to be the right balance for casting.

Mark
I'm happy if I can get an outfit to balance like peregrines mentions....

For me, if balance winds up above the winding check any distance, the rod will be way tip light and will seemingly require more effort to cast...balance point back from the winding check, say 3 or more inches will make the outfit feel very tip heavy.

That being said, tip heavy, though easier to cast up to a point, is not easy to carry while tip light is.
Nuetral and balanced seems to be the best option for carrying and casting but I still build/set-up outfits so they're just slightly tip light feeling. Hope that gives ideas.

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