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    Default Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    I have a Winston GVX rod that I need to get a reel for. My question is that one reel weighs 4.2 oz. and the other weighs 5.2 oz.. Does this really make a difference? It seems to me that once you have some line out it may be benificial to have some extra weight on the reel to counter the line drag,weight. Am I way off? Does 1 oz. really make a difference? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    I use a Galvan Torque T-5 on my 6wt BIIMX and it balances it nicely.

    ---------- Post added at 10:09 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:08 AM ----------

    Sorry, meant to include it weighs 4.8 ounces (the T6 weighs 5.2 if that's one you're looking at)

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    For a 6wt, 5.2oz isn't outrageously heavy. I'd be more interested in the reel's quality, the drag system, does it hold enough backing for your purposes, do you like the way it looks and feels, etc.

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    I am actually tossed up between a bauer rogue 2 or an Abel 5n.

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    Well, that's a can't loose situation. Abel reels simply aren't as light as some others, but that's part of their design. I know at least one forum member that uses a 5N on his 5wt, and loves it.

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    I'm sorry have to put in my O2
    1 oz. is not that big a differance, or 2 or 3 oz. the average fly rodder will not notice a big differance. sorry to hurt any ones feelings but if you can't cast a few xtra oz's then you had better go to the gym or give up fly fishing..
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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    I tend to agree with the statement above about weight. I don't see why there is an issue on reel weights (within reason). I don't understand how an oz. or 2 can throw a 5 or 6 wt. rod off balance that much.

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    I tried my Orvis BBSII on my Redington CT 5 wt (8'6") and found the set up very tip heavy. Next time out I swtched to an old (heavier) Okuma Sierra and found fishing the rig much more pleasurable. In that case, the difference was noticeable and too light a reel was the culprit.

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    I use a Super 6 on my Sage 690-4 XP. The Super 6 is 6.9 oz. I have no issues with this set up - I love the way it works for me and the balance is actually very good.

    I've grown accustomed to having a little heavier reel on all my rigs. Your point about when the fly line is out through the rod is on point, it does balance things out on the outfit.

    I recently purchased a click/pawl - Orvis CFO III. You would think that it would be perfect for a light 486-4 ZXL but to me, initially, it seems too light. Hence my comment that I'm used to a little heavier reel, because I "know" that the CFO III is ideal for a 8' 6" fly rod.

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    Default Re: Question on reel weight for a 9' 6wt.

    Quote Originally Posted by 45srbest View Post
    I don't see why there is an issue on reel weights (within reason). I don't understand how an oz. or 2 can throw a 5 or 6 wt. rod off balance that much.
    Try a beer or two, throws you way off balance

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