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    Default have you ever added weight to a fly reel...

    to balance with a rod?....

    usually balance-ness or the lack thereof doesn't bug me much...

    my go-to reel is kinda light for my go-to rod... i don't mind it if i'm throwing streamers or dries but today, even though the river was chocolate brown and the afternoon hatch was logs, stumps and the occasional bloated cow, i just had to get out and cast. threw big streamers first....no trout....a couple pikeminnow. then i figured i'd do some high stick nymphing. 30 minutes of holding that rod high and HOLY MOLY did the tip heaviness of my rod kick my butt.... i'm really feeling it in my forearm...

    anyway, if any of you have added weight to a reel, how'd you do it?

    thanks!

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    Default Re: have you ever added weight to a fly reel...

    I only have experience adding weight to one reel; an old Pflueger 1495. It will take a lot of #3 shot in the center part of the spool; it's actually designed to do that and has an opening in the spool to insert the shot. I use it on an old solid fiberglass rod; which is plenty heavy.

    Other that that, I've tried adding weight to reels in other ways (sticky-back lead wound around the spool shaft, plastic-coated metal core line, etc.), but in the end, I usually purchase a reel that works better with the rod. In my opinion, too much messing around with gear usually leads to problems.

    Pocono

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    Default Re: have you ever added weight to a fly reel...

    Normally high sticking is done with a relatively short amount of line out. So most of the line is still on the reel. Therefore, I think it is the rod that is the problem. It is tip heavy to begin with.

    I suspect you have already tried holding the rod higher up on the grip after the cast. That will help some when high sticking. If you have not, give that a try.

    I think adding weight is best done by changing the reel to a larger size which will be heavier than adding weight to a smaller reel. If you have a larger reel for a heavier line weight, I would put it on the reel and see if it is easier to hold in high stick position. If it is, then buy a spare spool and put on the line for that rod.

    I use a 10 ft 5 wt GLoomis GLX Classic matched to 3.9 oz. Ross Original Evolution #2. The original Evolution is a very light reel and this outfit is still tip light because the rod is extremely light. Have you considered that the rod and not the reel is the problem?
    Regards,

    Silver



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    Default Re: have you ever added weight to a fly reel...

    Hi,

    What is the rod and what is the reel? Knowing this will help me to make a suggestion or comment.

    Ard

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    Default Re: have you ever added weight to a fly reel...

    If you don't have a larger reel, some lead core line under the backing is the easiest way to go.
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    Default Re: have you ever added weight to a fly reel...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    Hi,

    What is the rod and what is the reel? Knowing this will help me to make a suggestion or comment.

    Ard

    the fly rod is winston bII-mx. 9ft 5wt.

    the reel is lamson litespeed 2.

    ---------- Post added at 10:18 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:17 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    If you don't have a larger reel, some lead core line under the backing is the easiest way to go.
    i was reading about that online after i posted this thread. think i will try it.

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    Default Re: have you ever added weight to a fly reel...

    Another way to go is to put lead zonker tape on the center spool. Suspendots work to. They come in a sheet and you can instead of popping the dots out, trim and use the whole sheet.

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