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Sage method 8wt 4oz.  I am looking at a Galvin LT to match.  The 6 holds enough line as I have never been spoiled and rarely get into backing. The 8 is specked for the rod.  

 

6 weighs 5.5oz

8 weighs 8.1oz

 

3oz seems like a big difference.

 

Thoughts on reel size?

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Colton Terrapin 7//8/9 = 7.8oz  

Colton CRGII 7/8/9 = 6oz

Galvan Torque 8 = 7.6oz

Orvis Hydros SL IV = 6.6oz

 

Most hold around 200yds of 20# backing with WF8 fly line.  Their web sites have the specs.

 

I will say that the Terrapin & the Torque are heavier and feel "tougher".(or more solid) for sure. 

 

All solid -- depends on your budget and what you are using it for.

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Galvan 6 seems a little too small. It also depends on what line you are going to put on the reel - it might work with an intermediate 8wt line, but an 8wt floating line will take up more space especially something like an Airflo. A Galvan Torque 7 with power pro hollow ace 40lb for backing may work - Galvan doesn't make a 7wt model in the LT series.  

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Are you dealing with an injury?  You should weigh something out that's 3 oz and hold it. 

 

Personally I'd go with Colton.

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41 mins ago, Oakman said:

Are you dealing with an injury?  You should weigh something out that's 3 oz and hold it. 

 

Personally I'd go with Colton.

No injury just trying to figure out the swing weight on the rod or am I over thinking it.

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You will get lots of different answers to that question. For me, yes. But if you can feel those differences and it matters to you, then you should take the rod to a shop and try different reels on it. Remember backing and line will add overall weight. 

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Swing weight or balance ?  I think more of balance.

 

Good point above on the line you are going to put on.... many of the airflo lines  are like 120'.

 

Personally I like a bigger reel than smaller on fly rods... then again I overline all the time.

 

 

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Regardless of quality, heavy reels suck.  

They kill your feel for the rod and dampen the enjoyment of casting a fly line.

You fish with the rod tip in the water so why would you want a rod to balance level?

 

Consider a Sage Spectrum LT 7/8 (6oz).  It will hold whatever line you want and has more drag (3lbs) than you will ever need.     

 

 

  

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Nautilus CCFx2 6/8 falls between the reels you mentioned and are very good.

 

orvis mirage LT IV come in at around 5 oz also.

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I’m going with overthinking it. 

There is lots of good reels these days at all different price points.

3 oz difference you will never notice.

 

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On 7/23/2021 at 8:21 AM, numbskull said:

Regardless of quality, heavy reels suck.  

They kill your feel for the rod and dampen the enjoyment of casting a fly line.

You fish with the rod tip in the water so why would you want a rod to balance level?

 

Consider a Sage Spectrum LT 7/8 (6oz).  It will hold whatever line you want and has more drag (3lbs) than you will ever need.     

 

 

  


Standing on the bow of a skiff all day I like the rod to balance level in my hand with 80’ of line stripped off the reel.

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You have a reel that’s about the same weight as either reel that you are considering?  Or can you borrow a reel from someone and fish the combo?  I’m guessing that once you start fishing you’re not really gonna notice the difference between either reel. On my 9’0” 8wts I’ve fished size 3 Lamson litespeeds which are really light, as well as well as hatch 7+ which are pretty heavy and once I start fishing I don’t think anything of it.  If anything I’d probably go with the larger reel only because it would be the more versatile when it comes to putting different lines on it.  In reality, the smaller reel you are considering will be plenty for the fish you are targeting.  Just may not be able to put a 9wt line on it if you wanted to. 

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If we take Oakmans arguments further why not fish with lancewood or greenheart rods. We are all strong enough to heft them. But they are not fun to do so.

As gear evolves it gets lighter. Good design can mean more or same strength for less mass.

This is where care is needed. Will the on paper lighter product hold up. Or will we take the trade off if it is a little less tough.

Depends on an individuals philosophy and outlook on life. 
3 Oz as a static mass is not a lot. Why not try a reel that weighs 3 ozs less and swing it on a rod and compare. After a long day that 3 ozs may be a factor. Plus you will feel it every cast.

Personally I strive to get the lightest swing weight I can. Rod reel balance to me is BS. But unless some super duper new material has arrived how was the reduction on mass achieved . Has strength been compromised .

Currently I fish Colton Terrapins. I confess to not looking at the weights. I hefted them,spun the handles ,twiddled with the drag. I smiled and was very quickly a very happy owner.

I think you need to go with your gut. I too am a believer in getting the smallest reel to do the job. Who really needs 200 yards of expensive backing that most probably will never see the light of day.

 

If we want to worry about losing a fish why choose fly gear. Get a boat rod and a bloody great Penn International.

 

Heh oakie we cast 3 Oz leads 100 yards over here for our Bass in the surf. My favourite lead size for Kerry. Breakaway of course.

 

oly

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