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  1. #11

    Default Re: Fly Rod and Reel Balance

    Don't buy it mike. Save up for an Orvis BBS or Mid-Arbor.

    I think a reel should roughly weigh "in ounces" whatever the rod Line-weight number is.
    A 5wt rod balances nicely with a 5 ounce reel.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Fly Rod and Reel Balance

    Quote Originally Posted by rowdy View Post
    Don't buy it mike. Save up for an Orvis BBS or Mid-Arbor.
    Check the forums' classified section for a brand new BBS IV.......

  3. Default Re: Fly Rod and Reel Balance

    Quote Originally Posted by rowdy View Post
    Don't buy it mike. Save up for an Orvis BBS or Mid-Arbor.

    I think a reel should roughly weigh "in ounces" whatever the rod Line-weight number is.
    A 5wt rod balances nicely with a 5 ounce reel.

    I looked at some of the Orvis items The BBS III & IV seem to be in the weight I would like to have 5oz or less. They have a good deal right now, Free Spool with purchase of reel. I did read some reviews and some people complained about issues with the drag being a little to stiff.

    The BBS-III is 3.9oz and will take 75yrds of Dacron or 125yrds of Gelspun
    The BBS-IV is 4.5oz and will take 150yrds of Dacron

    Mike

  4. #14

    Default Re: Fly Rod and Reel Balance

    I have a BBSIII on a 5wt Fenwick HMX that I use for small Rainbows & Grand River Browns here in Ontario.
    It is a great reel & the drag is smooth.

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    Default Re: Fly Rod and Reel Balance

    Quote Originally Posted by rowdy View Post
    Don't buy it mike. Save up for an Orvis BBS or Mid-Arbor.
    12-13 years ago I traded a new Battenkill 8/9 for a spare spool for my System Two 8/9
    I thought I got the best end of the deal.
    Maybe the Battenkills are better now, but I tend to think not
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

  6. #16

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    Hey Rip..I had a 5wt Sci-Ang & it fell apart on me. Orvis is a Great product.
    I'm picking up a Battenkill Mid-Arbor for my sinking line.
    Opinions are like belly buttons..we all got one!

  7. #17

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    Also..the Ross Flyrise is a nifty newcomer too!

    http://www.rossreels.com/products/fl...-fly-reels.cfm

  8. #18

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    Okuma SLV is the least expensive reel I would dare to recommend.

  9. #19

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    I prefer reels made in the US. Not Asia.

  10. #20

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    How abut your clothes? or camera or TV?? Why bring Politics into a simple question?

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