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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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What weight reel

if anyone has already puzzled out what weight reel balances out a 2 or 3 weight ECHO trout spey rod, please share.

if you have a reel of unknown weight that works, just please identify the reel and I'll chase its weight

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 01:46 PM
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Those are new rods so I haven't physically seen one yet. However, since they are 11ft, they are slightly heavier than other 2 and 3 weight trout speys, but with those two rods you're at looking at from 180 to at most 270 grains. So, I can't see why any any standard, large arbor single-hand six-weight reel wouldn't work on them (i.e. don't go for superlight reels like Sage Click, or standard arbor singlehand reels like Orvis Battenkill). Can't see any reason to bump up to a 7 or 8 weight reel. You're fortunate that each brand's lower models probably fit better than their more expensive lightweight reels. Go "efficient" and try an old Pflueger 1495 1/2.

I thought about getting one of these in 3 or 4 weight but went for something else. I'm really curious as to how you end up liking this rod.

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I use a Hardy Princess on my 1172 ACR and soon to be Marquis 8/9 on Meiz 1193
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I have a brand/model suggestion. Redington AL3/4 Gold. It's a smaller diameter but wide arbor. Decent drag on it and the weight might be a good match. I sold one last summer paired with a rod. Nice reel and fairly priced on the used market. As a bonus I think it looks pretty good.

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Forgot to mention they also come in black.

Width 1.875" / Diameter 3" / Weight 7.2 ounces / Line weight #3 or #4 / Yards/lb 125/20

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As with all things fly fishing/spey... personal preference is I huge determining factor. Balance the rod to YOUR liking with a ziploc bag of coins suspended from the reel seat, weigh the bag of coins, and deduct the weight of backing & +/- half of your shooting line (this will be left on the reel during the swing, so the head/tips/whatever don't count in this equation). There you go, perfect reel weight. If the reel you like is too light, use some lead-core under the backing to balance it (this is where standard arbor reels shine, plenty of spool space to do this). And I have yet to break off a fish due to "high" drag start-up inertia due to increasing spool weight with lead-core. Good luck!
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I do have a Sage Domain 5 with backing for sale in the classifieds. 6.2 oz. I had it on a Sage One 4116-4 and I thought it balanced well.
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The trout rod is light, the paired spey line is alway not heavy. It is not very critical to balance the rod like the heavy longer spey rod. For a 11' 3wt trout spey, reel in 5oz-7oz are all good
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As with all things fly fishing/spey... personal preference is I huge determining factor. Balance the rod to YOUR liking with a ziploc bag of coins suspended from the reel seat, weigh the bag of coins, and deduct the weight of backing & +/- half of your shooting line (this will be left on the reel during the swing, so the head/tips/whatever don't count in this equation). There you go, perfect reel weight. If the reel you like is too light, use some lead-core under the backing to balance it (this is where standard arbor reels shine, plenty of spool space to do this). And I have yet to break off a fish due to "high" drag start-up inertia due to increasing spool weight with lead-core. Good luck!
Way too much thinking. I figure if I have a reel that holds the amount of backing, running line, head, and tip comfortably then that the reel Im going to fish. If it fits comfortably on the reel with out too much space left over or too tightly packed in then its probably good to go. I really think its that easy.
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GHalliday has it right! Don't overthink. Your upper hand placement can compensate either way.
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