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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Finished my rod, a couple Questions about reel and line

i finished my rod and need to set it up now. so hella rook question going to be ask if thats ok..

a skagit line setup consist of: Backing+running line+ skagit head+ tip(unless it has an intergrated tip) Am i right?

Im considering the Echo Ion spey 8/9 reel. my rod weighs 10.5 oz and is 12'4" any way of knowing if this reel would balance out the rod decently?

I have no clue about lines and it seems like there is an overwhelming amount. this rod was aimed for Skagit. I already have a few in mind from rio, airflo, or Sgs.
Any suggestions though would be greatly appreciated.

For winter fishing in oregon, should I get a full sinking or would a floating with a heavy sinking tip be ok?

Might be a bit of a guessing game seeing as how its a bamboo rod with a taper i designed.

Thanks for any help with the questions above. i appreciate your time

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I have never really run into a balancing problem with my reels. If the reel is large enough to hold the line+backing I need then it normally works out fine. The nicest reel I use is a CLA so I am not working with anything made out of previous NASA spaceships so maybe I just luck out since the reels I use have some weight already.

Anyway, I have added weight to one reel and what I did was buy some of the lead line(sinking line) used by gear guys that troll I believe. It comes in a spool with a color change every few feet. I really know nothing about it but I know it is heavy so what I did was just spool a few turns of this onto the reel before the backing. It can add some weight if needed and it is out of sight and mind once on.
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