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Thread: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

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    Default A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    I am having a custom 6wt built and looking at reels for it. I will be using this for smallies and carp primarily. As anyone who has ever caught one knows, a carp could really peel some line in a very short amount time so I want a reel with some good capacity for backing.

    Most of the 5/6 reels out there seem to be pretty standard at 100yards backing/6wt wf line. In slower moving water this probably sufficient, but I tend to fish where the carp have easy access to some pretty fast current and would really like a bit more than that.

    As a result, I am wondering if I can throw a bigger reel on there and load up on backing. As an example, the Ross Evolution LT comes in a size 3 and 4. Size 3 is a WF6+100 reel and the size 4 is a WF8+150 - imagine how much backing I can put on 6wt line! 200?

    The weight difference is only .3 oz (4.8 vs 4.5) and I assume the extra backing will add a bit as well.

    Is there any reason why I shouldnt do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brookfieldangler View Post

    Is there any reason why I shouldnt do this?
    Not a single reason in the world. I do it all the time!

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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    I have an 11/12 size reel on a 10 wt, and it works well for me. It's also slightly heavier than the 9/10 size reel, but has not been an issue for me. I didn't really need the larger capacity, but got the reel at a really good price. It is nice to have the extra backing, and I'm using 30 lb dacron. The same could be done with using Gel Spun backing, but at a much higher cost. For me the economics made sense, & with the type of fishing I do, primarily LM Bass & Striped Bass, it made more sense to go with the larger reel since the price I paid was less than I could have got the smaller reel at the time.

    So, I see no reason why what you're proposing won't work, particularly for such a slight difference in weight & the intended application.
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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    I went to using larger reels when I discovered that they often offer a better balance to 9' rods. Without getting too far into the balance issue I'll put it this way; I used a Marquis #7 on my 9' 5 weight PM - 10 for years before picking up a Viscount Mk. III 7/8 for the same rod. Both of those reels are large; 3 5/8" I believe and both are rated for 7/8/9 lines or smaller of course. They hold plenty of back line which essentially makes them pseudo large arbor reels. When you have a little more reel it is never a bad thing, with an extra spool you will have an 8 weight reel if you were ever to buy a heavier rod. Not true if you buy a reel rated for 5/6 line at 3 1/4 inch or under.

    Big reels are cool,

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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    I agree with all the above and will add this; ignor mfg. line ratings for reels all the time. Always go with a reel that will balance your outfit and provide the backing/line capacity you desire. I am using a Hardy MLA 350 intended for #8 line on my #6 rod and it is a perfect match.

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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    Thanks for the responses!! I didn't think there would be much of a problem
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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    could always use some gell spun instead of dacron, usaully adds 30% more backing.
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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by evan_aff View Post
    Not a single reason in the world. I do it all the time!
    +1 here.

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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    Like the others these days I mainly use The Larger size Reels on my #6 Rods,as Ard has said they still balance OK,as most of the Modern Reels are Turned,Milled which Skeletonises them subsequently making them much Lighter than the the Cast ones.
    The great Thing about The Modern Larger Size Large Arbor Reels is Line can Spooled quickly,especially when you have Hooked Large Fish.
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    Default Re: A 7/8 reel on a 6wt rod?

    agreed as well. i line my reels to make my rods perform the way i want them to feel.


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