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: Help with Reel choice.

08-13-2004, 02:52 PM
I have a St Croix Avid 7 wt rod that I plan on using for Bass. I was thinking about getting a St Croix Imperial reel to go with it. They list the I75 (line 5/6/7) or the I95 (line 7/8/9) reels. Any comments about wich would be best for my 7wt rod. Since they can both be used for a 7wt are there any issues with balance, performance, ect....

Or can anyone recommend a reel that will match up well with the Avid?

Thank You

Dble Haul
08-13-2004, 02:59 PM
Given a choice between the two reels that you have mentioned, I would opt for the one that can handle the heavier range of lines. In bass fishing, it's not uncommon to overline the rod (for example, an 8wt line on a 7wt rod) to help loading and casting bigger flies.

Since bass will rarely if ever get onto the reel during a fight, you shouldn't need to drop too much money on a reel. Sophisticated drag systems for these fish are not necessary.

08-16-2004, 08:14 AM
Thanks. I will go with the larger reel.