hello fellows im looking for a classic reel for a 6# 11ft switch rod. A st john or st aiden would work if anyone has either reel it will go to good home and kept in my family for a few generations.thanks
The St george is a trout reel and it has neither the heft for an 11' rod or capacity for a spey/switch line. While we are talking switch rods and the short end of two handed rods,, we are still talking about an 11' rod! A tiny liitle St george would look silly:hihi:
A few of the lads on here use the St John on their shorter two handers and i haven't heard any complaints. Again, not alot of capacity which will limit the amount of backing and the line you can put on it.
I think I would look for a 3 1/2" WD Perfect. Lots of room for most any 6wt switch line and lots of ounces to balance that outfit.
The st Aiden is also a good choice as would be a Husky and their is a nice LHW Husky on the bay right now.
Hope you find what you are looking for.
I used a St. George reel and extra spool for years on a 10-weight winter steelhead rod. They held WF10F/S lines and as I recall, around 175 yards of 20-lb. Micron. It was the 3.75" version, not the little "Baby" St. George intended for trout rods. The weight was probably around 7-8 ounces. I'd think it's plenty for shorter heads.
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