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Old 10-20-2009, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: rod-reel balance...help

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There is some advantage with very light reels like the Evolution. You can use a larger diameter reel on a smaller rod and still get a good setup.

Frank
The #2, #3, and #3.5 Evolutions are all within .5oz of each other. I decided
to go with the #3 for my 5wt, because I can add/subtract backing to adjust
the reel weight and balance. I was fishing a 9' 6wt yesterday, and its balance
was very comfortable with the reel I chose for it. I don't have a specific
test for balance. While fishing, if I begin to think an outfit feels tip heavy, it
probably needs some tweaking. If I don't have to think about the rod and reel,
all is well.

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Default Re: rod-reel balance...help

Its also wise to be mindful that while those differing sizes of reels may not have weights that vary a ton, you're still adding a line to it that does vary pretty greatly.

I'm getting a new Evo once their available, and I'm contemplating all this kind of stuff as I figure out what size to pair with my 6wt Predator. So far I've fished the rod with a Ross Colorado 2 and a Sage 1680 reel. The big Sage reel wasn't to horribly heavy for it, so I'm thinking that the 3.5 Evolution LT will be my pick.

And ooooooooh, they's pretty-
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I was still working at a shop when the original Evo was coming out and I got to play with a prototype before they hit the market. I wanted one then but just never got around to it.
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Default Re: rod-reel balance...help

Hi Cliff,
My comment about the close reel weights was made to point out that some reels can serve well on a 4wt and a 7wt without paying a weight
penalty (unless you fill the larger reel to its max backing capacity and put
it on a 4wt). There are plenty of reels that are close in weight throughout
various sizes, but there are plenty of others that get reel heavy reel fast as the size increases. I bought a few Ross
Rhythms on clearance, and spare spools were $25/each . The Rhythms' weights aren't as closely matched as the Evo, but
I can use a 3.5 on a 6wt and 8wt. Evo spools haven't been offered at that sort of discount yet, so my plan of one or two reels
with several spools will have to wait.

Let us know what you think of the new Evolution, please. I'm waiting for the
original Evo's to be price slashed .
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