Does the extra weight help in using the lower hand? I still need to work on that portion of the cast.One personal preference of mine is that I always prefer a reel on the heavier end of the spectrum than one that is too light, regardless if I'm fishing a 10'6" or 14' rod. Reels that are too light don't feel right.
Also, I'd make the observation that most of the two-handed rods I've had have a fairly wide window of reel weights that will work. So, I'm not afraid to use different weight reels on the same rod. I wouldn't say the same for the single-handers I've had, which seem to be much more picky about reel weight.
That's pretty close from what I have gathered over the years. These numbers maybe a bit under weight on some but the numbers will change an OZ or two or more depending on... , up or down locking seats, thickness of the reel seat, blank thickness, and material used in blank construction, grip location, the size of your hand ,,cork length , and the materials used in handle assembly just to name a few.Here comes some huge generalizations:
12' 6wt- 8oz
13' 7wt- 9oz
14' 7 to 9wt-10-12oz
15' 7 to 10 wt-12-16oz
I have received quite a few sad emails about about adding weight to the those super light saltwater reels.