Reel/rod rating question [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: Reel/rod rating question

09-09-2005, 09:41 PM
I started fly fishing this year and have had a blast. I have a 5wt St. Croix Avid, but am now looking at a 2 wt rod. My question is on the reel. I see that reels have weights like the rods but don't know how well a 2 wt rod can be put with a 345 wt reel (Fly logic on ebay is what I am looking at). Am I more concerned about the actual weight (in oz.) of the reel or that I match the reel wt with the rod wt and the line wt? I see some 2 wt reels that are 3.6 oz and some that are 5.2 oz. I am a bit confused.


09-09-2005, 09:56 PM
Get a reel that holds the line you are going to be using and don't worry about how much the reel weighs in oz.

09-09-2005, 10:45 PM
Thanks for the response. So what is it about a reel that makes it targeted to a certain line wt?


09-09-2005, 11:36 PM
Matt -

There is something to it, but not a tremendous amount. The total volume of the backing you need for the fish you are targeting plus the volume of the fly line must fit within the spool so that when completely reeled up it does not bind with the cage.

Also, the weight of the reel should not be so light that the rod tip feels heavy or so heavy that the tip feels too light.

Other than that, the numbers are guidelines to reduce the guesswork for us consumers.

One additional thing is aesthetics. Yes we all tend to care a little about that as we should. If the reel satisfies our own opinion of proper fit (diameter of the reel seeming right) then it's a good fit for you.

Many great reels coming out in 2006! Dont' forget to check out our Flyfishing Retailers Show report which should be up in a couple of days (we're at the show in Denver now).