Originally Posted by Coleton Foruria
Bump on this thread. Just picked up one of these up myself, line recommendations are super helpful!
Thinking about getting a new reel for this setup, what recommendations do you all have? I’m thinking of the Hardy perfect 4” or 4 1/4”, but can’t find info on the target weight to balance this rod. Open to other reel ideas too (Cascapedia?).
What I do is take a freezer bag and tape it to the reel seat area on a rod.
I put a spey line in the bag then keep adding weight until the rod balances wherever I like holding the rod on the upper corks.
Then take the bag, remove the speyline and weigh the bag.
That's the weight of the reel you want.
The weight of the backing that's missing helps offset the weight of the fly line that's in the guides when you're heading to the river
A 4 1/4" perfect weighs 21 oz with line and backing, a 4" Young 10B (perfect) weighs 17.5 oz with line and backing.
I think too much for a 13' #7
My 13'7" Onyx #7 balances with a 13.5 oz. reel with line and backing so a Hardy Salmon #1, a Hardy 9000 Demon, or a Hardy 3 1/2" wide spool perfect all work well as does a Young 1535 or 1540 or Young 3 1/2" wide 10B (which is what I use).