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Poppy Cummins

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After many years of dealing with rod/reel balance I've found the right weight for the reel to balance a given rod depends on 5 things. 

1. The length of the rod.

2. The direction of the reel seat, ie, uplock or down lock.

3. The length of the top hand cork.

4. The balance preference of the person holding the rod.

5. Maybe the alignment of the stars.

Everyone is different in stature, arm strength, ability, and personal preference.

Poppy=Red Shed Spey Rod Pimp http://www.redshedflyshop.com FRSCA-Founding Member How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB
Leo Moore

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Number 5 for sure.
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Jonathan Seaman

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Haha the stars, yes!

As was stated by Dennis, the pull from the swinging line plays an important factor for myself.. i personally prefer big winches.. i have 4 1/4 perfects for two of my rods a 13'3" and a 13'6".. my pal used to rub me about the size, yet when im in the water for hours on end, i prefer the tip of my loaded rod, "in the swing" to be up above level. Without having to hold it up.. works great for me.
Just thought i would share my preference.
Stay safe out there and have a blast!

(I will add tho, that one of em looks slightly empty((i have to admit)) with line on it. Due to being larger) yet for comfort and ergonomics, it is a slight con that i endure happily.
Then again i love big ole classic winches. So i have a nerdy looking flash of pearly whites on my face when im out there anyhow LOL.
Robert Price

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Originally Posted by James D Jones
It also helps to have ample cork on the upper grip. With the price of cork being what it is today, some of the rod makers have shortened up their grips. When you run out of cork and the rod is still tip heavy, the only other choice you have is to add weight somewhere to balance it out. BTW: notice even though Poppy is holding at the top end of the corks, has the rod tucked under his forearm, taking the strain off the wrist on an otherwise tip heavy outfit.

Yes, this is important!!  For example, I demoed (sp?) several #6, 12 - 13' two handers.  All with the same reel.  One rod, a Winston BIII TH did not have a long enough cork handle to attain balance while fishing.  So, to balance it was necessary to hold the rod ahead of the cork!!  I compared this model to the others I tested and the cork was much shorter.  Needless to say I purchased a different brand.  Otherwise I really liked it, and I own or have owned other Winston BIII TH models in #7 and #8 that have handles that are fine (long enough).
cris caldwell

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In Jeff Putnams Spey Zone He states that he uses an 8 wt. reel on an 11' 6 wt. switch rod and a 10 wt. reel on a 13'6" 7wt. spey rod And IMHO the more comfortable it is the longer you will fish the rig my own preferences are a cortland 140 D and a S/A 10/11 2L
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