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Sep 02-02-2009 04:22 PM

Weight vs. Balance
This weekend I purchased a TFO Axiom 8wt (a rocket launcher of a rod) to be used for casting heavy bass bugs into cover, chasing steelhead, and for salt fishing reds and bonefish in time. I now need to put a reel on it. Here's my dilemna. The rod is bloody heavy, a full 5.5 ounces, and my first instinct was to lighten the overall load by shaving ounces on the reel. I realize, though, that I may need to rethink that in the interest of balance. For reference, I stuck my 6wt's Battenkill Mid Arbor III on it, 5.7 ounces, and the balance was still forward of the grip.

Weight vs. balance. Any thoughts?

GRN 02-02-2009 04:33 PM

Re: Weight vs. Balance
Balance, without a doubt. I fish heavier reels on cane and spey rods for that very reason... you'll notice an unbalanced rig before you notice the extra weight... IMO anyway.

jimw 02-02-2009 05:18 PM

Re: Weight vs. Balance
I have a tfo ticr x 9wt, and i use a Ross CLA #5 it is 8.1 ounces, and it seems well balanced. I like a heavier reel for the salt because i am usually casting for distance. I tend to sometimes false cast with up to 50' of line out to deeply load the rod and the extra reel wieght helps alot. A well balanced outfit is much more user friendly than a light unbalanced one. I would think if you are making short precision casts and not carrying alot of line wieght a lighter reel may be better, But i don't really fish a short game much.

arfishinbear 02-02-2009 10:42 PM

Re: Weight vs. Balance
Balance, Balance, Balance

Joni 02-02-2009 10:54 PM

Re: Weight vs. Balance
Balance, That is why I am so picky about my Bamboo. I do like the pendulum thing.

BigCliff 02-03-2009 12:12 AM

Re: Weight vs. Balance
Balance is the main key. And I'd hold off on fishing that Axiom to see if you like something else better. 5.5oz is pretty damn heavy for an 8wt.

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