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: Battenkill midarbor, which model?

03-12-2006, 02:43 AM
I'm trying to decide if going with model III (5-6 wt.) fishing with an 8 wt. line or possibly a 9 or 10 in the future would work out. And make up for the lack in backing using gel spun. Mostly it will be 8 wt. fishing. This model would be slightly lighter etc.

Has anyone done this? What is the highest wt. line that would really be ok to use on 5-6 model?

03-12-2006, 07:04 AM
You may want to take the line to the shop and try it on the reel. I'd guess that you may have to cut off some of the running line in order to get it to fit. You may have to cut ALL the running line to get a 10 weight to fit on a III.

I've been looking at the Mid arbors myself for a 9 wt rod. (I'd have bought it by now but I'm being cheep.) I'll probably get the V.

Why are you considering an undersize reel? Weight?

03-12-2006, 12:04 PM
Mostly because of the lesser weight of a smaller reel, and the aesthetics of it on the rod. Bulkier reel doesn't look as great. And the loss in backing can be made up by gel-spun.

03-12-2006, 05:44 PM
Line fitting aside, another thing to think about when using a 8 wt line on a 5 wt reel is........the drag........if you are going after larger fish, will the drag be enough to handle your quarry without placing undue stress on the fish?

03-12-2006, 08:34 PM
I think you'll have trouble fitting the whole line itself never mind the line and a little gelspun. Take a line to the shop and give it a try before deciding.

I went by the Wilmington show this weekend and I was surprised at the size of some of the reels they had mounted on demo rods. They looked more like deep sea trolling reels than fly reels. They were HUGE.

Choose the most apropriate reel for the application rather than aesthetics.

03-12-2006, 10:04 PM
I went with the 7-8 wt. size model. I'm thinking this will be the lowest possible model to really use on some weighted tarpons or ocean finishing with some heavier lines. Thanks for your thoughts guys.

03-14-2006, 10:38 PM
I own the reel you had thought about buying and if anything it should be used on a smaller rod for quick loading an upsized line. Great reel but would have been a stretch for tarpon.

03-14-2006, 10:40 PM
Really, no offense to anyone here but who cares what the rod reel combo looks like? Performance is it. Nothing else. Come on now fellas, we're not modeling for j. crew here.