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Old 12-23-2008, 10:04 AM
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Default 2wt Reel

I'm looking at options for a reel for my new 2wt rod. I have a WF2F and a DT2F lines inbound. Here's what I'm looking at:

1- I currently own a Martin Mountian Brooke Large Arbor for 3/4wt lines. I can get extra spools for about $16 each.

2- Orvis Clearwater II with spare spool.

3- Pflueger Medalist 1492 with spare spool (I like the retrieve on the left side, so I don't know if this is a viable option as the 1492's are not convertible)

4- Okuma SLV 23 with spare spool.

5- ***** Creek CR234 (from our very own Full Creel). Don't know if you can get a spare spool, but the weight is very light.

I'm open to other options.
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Usually, 2wt rods need a light reel to balance them properly.

How about the Orvis Barstock? Nice reel and very light.
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I agree with 'Old Man' on that light of a rod needs a light reel. My suggestion would be (if possible) to go to a fly shop with your rod and try out a couple different reels to see the balance of your pole. Then I would buy a reel that matches the same weight (weight of reel itself) so that you keep that balance.

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the orvis bar stock would be a good option, i think you can get one at a bass pro for 89 dollars.

Good lightweight reel.

I dont know how well any of the reels you have mentioned will work on a 2 weight as they are all heavy.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:21 PM
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Orvis just raised their prices to something around $120. At that price point you can't beat these:

Ross Reels Rhythm #0 Fly Fishing Reel - 1wt to 3wt - Save 30%

At this price you can't go wrong. They offer additional discounts this time of year too.
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The Ross is way too heavy, 4 oz! And twice the price.
The BBS is only 3.2 oz and still $89.
I wish someone made a plastic reel that weighed about 1 or 2 oz and only cost about $25.
You really don't need a smooth drag for a 2wt!! No drag at all would be a good thing if the reel was lighter.
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The Ross is way too heavy, 4 oz! And twice the price.
The BBS is only 3.2 oz and still $89.
I wish someone made a plastic reel that weighed about 1 or 2 oz and only cost about $25.
You really don't need a smooth drag for a 2wt!! No drag at all would be a good thing if the reel was lighter.
He's right. Orvis raised the price to $120 for the BBS 1 reel. I'm sure you can find it at the old price of $89 somewhere.

It's still the lightest reel you can buy for the money, and perfect for a 2 wt.
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OldMan,

You are correct, sir!! I just went to the online Orvis store and $119 for the reel.
A $30 jump.
Still a nice reel, but almost too much for a small arbor reel.
I have a Battenkill Large Arbor size 1 for only a couple bucks more. It used to be $179, but I'm afraid to see what the new price is!!
Everything is going up except my income!!!
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The Ross is way too heavy, 4 oz! And twice the price.
The BBS is only 3.2 oz and still $89.
I wish someone made a plastic reel that weighed about 1 or 2 oz and only cost about $25.
You really don't need a smooth drag for a 2wt!! No drag at all would be a good thing if the reel was lighter.
I don't know if they still carry it, But I HAD a plastic reel. LA. Real simple reel with an "O" ring for a drag. Weighed NOTHING! and around $35.
SPORTSMEN'S WAREHOUSE. I bought it for my Scott Eclipse 3 wt. (I know, crazy, a rod that cost around $500. with a $35. reel, but to be honest, on a small rod, I do feel that a reel is just a place to hold the line.)
I sold the whole the whole thing to my Brother in-law. Still has it. I could ask him the name of the reel, but not sure if it is printed on it.

I lucked out and got an ENGLISH older Battenkill LA "I" (3" diameter) for my LL 2 weight and it is perfect.
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the line.)
I lucked out and got an ENGLISH older Battenkill LA "I" (3" diameter) for my LL 2 weight and it is perfect.
That's what I use on my 3wt, but it's a new one!
The Battenkill Large Arbor 1 is also a 3" diameter and weighs 3.9oz.
I got a black reel. It's a wonderful, light reel.
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