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how to choose the correct Reel size and floating line

 
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gdog
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: how to choose the correct Reel size and floating line  Reply with quote

Ok, stupid question perhaps... but I am confused... I bought 2 fly rod / reels a few years ago... 2 different places that i won't name...(they were not big retail stores)..


I was thinking to get new floating lines on both of them since they have both have cracks... and I noticed today that both rod are 9FT and 8WF but one of them the reel is 7/8 and the other one is 8/9

So i guess... what is the best setup to have?

The reel should be 7/8 or 8/9 for 9FT 8WF rod usually?
and should i go with 8WF or 9WF floating line for something that will ease my casting since I am still new in all this...

If someone can clarify and help me out it will be nice.. thanks in advance
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wannafish
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Good questions; the number on the reels is just a suggestion. I have a reel that is marked 7/8 but it is not only too light for an 8wt rod, it doesn't have room for any backing with an 8wt line, so I use it on my 5wt rod and it works pretty well although a little heavy for that little rod.

I like to balance my rods with a reel that is heavy enough to keep the rod tip up a bit or at least level with the ground when holding the cork where it's comfortable. ( grasp the rod where you normally would, then release your grip except for the front two fingers and see if the rod stays level or if the tip dips to the floor.)

If you have fast action rods, sometimes overlining the rod will help your casting because you can feel the rod loading easier. I would suggest borrowing some lines in 7wt,8wt,and 9wt and try them casting on your lawn to see which work best for your rods.(and your casting style)
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Hook Bill
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G dog, don't overthink it, put your reel on and start casting....  Either will suit you.
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wannafish
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah ok do that  Laughing


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