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Old 08-07-2009, 06:52 PM
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...but can you use a 7 weight reel on a 6 weight rod? I want to try my hand at bass fishing and I heard that the best weight reel/rod for those are 7/8/9. I have a 7 weight reel that I got used but I have only a 6 weight rod.

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Default Re: This might be a silly question....

Sure.

Depending on the rod and the weight of the reel it may be a little heavy, but there's no reason you can't use it if you have it. If it feels a little bottom heavy you can slide your hand down the cork a bit to maybe improve the balance.

Generally the reason a 7 or 8 weight is recommended is that the heavier weight of the fly line tends to cast wind resistant stuff like poppers and big bass sized streamers a little easier and an appropriately sized reel tends to balance the outfit in terms of weight-- you won't need the increase in backing capacity for bass as you might for some other fish like bonefish that make long 100 yd runs.

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Old 08-08-2009, 08:25 AM
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Default Re: This might be a silly question....

Thanks Mark. I tried googling this an really couldn't find any answers, so I thought I had a ridiculous idea or something.

Now lets see if we can get the bass to bite..

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