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Fly Fishing Reels – Reel Weights – Post 3B

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A survey of actual weights of my reels associated with Streamer Fishing and those associated with Two-Hand Rods. Weights taken with flyline on, but the line head has been pulled off, as if casting or added 20 grams for rear line.

  • Danielsson-Loop 2W with an Airflow MT 7 – 201grams
  • Danielsson-Loop 3W with OPST 350gr – 255grams
  • Nautilus NV-G 8/9 with RIO versatip 9wt – 284grams
  • System 2 89 with Airflo 40+ 9W – 286 grams
  • Danielsson L5W 8twelve with + 20 grams for line – 298grams
  • Waterworks Force 3.5 with RIO Bonefish Quickshooter 9wt – 302grams
  • Islander AR LA 4 +20grams for the line – 328grams
  • Nautilus CCF-X 10 with an Airflo 40+ – 335grams
  • Nautilus 12DD with a Guideline PT Scandi – 363grams
  • Nautilus 12Spey with Skagit 600 – 455 grams

. Nautilus CCF-X2 10 appears to be about 40grams lighter than the X, putting the X2 slightly heavier than the NV-G.

Why did I not list my trout reels? As long, the reels – empty – less than 4oz – I believe you will find it balance, with the exception of high-stick nymphing.  With high-sticking, the answer should not be in a heavy reel, but a butt-weighted rod (custom).

With single streamer or saltwater rods, weight can be an issue, but most reels are fine. Most will gravitate to light side, which is nice, but not critical.

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For spey rods, especially large line / long rods that are greater than 13′, a heavy reel is a good thing to keep fatigue in the wrist down, as you let your fly fish. This is where the discontinued Nautilus 12Spey shines.  Fortunately, when Nautilus discontinued their true Spey line, I did pick up a spare, so I currently holding onto 3 Nautilus 12Spey and a spare spool, all for long rods.

What is available with similar to Nautilus 12Spey?  Sadly, the answer is little, so you are likely need to revert to the old standby of adding weight to the reel or make other comprises.  Never-the-less here is a sample look of 2017 options, referring to the manufacturers specification for unlined reels:

  • Nautilus 12S  – 13.5oz
    • actual measurement – 14.8 oz
  • Nautilus X2 King (the replacement) – 9.1 oz
  • Nautilus NV Spey – 9.1 oz
  • Danielsson H5D 11fourteen – 272 gr – 9.5 oz
    In alphabetical order …
  • Einarsson Invictus 10-12 – a little light, but very nice modern reel – 11.5 oz
  • Farlex 4″ – traditional, but nice – click-n-pawl – 14 to 16oz
  • Hardy Fortuna  XDS – maybe? – 12.3 to 13.5oz
  • Hardy WideSpool Perfect – click-n-pawl – 11.0 to 11.3oz
  • Hatch 9-12 Finactic – best match, but sealed spool base – 11.1 to 15.6 oz
  • Olsen Disc Drag – traditional and beautiful – 4.0″ – 13oz
  • Olsen Disc Drag – may need tools – 4.25″ – 14.5oz
  • Saracione 4.25″ Salmon – difficult to palm – 13.5oz
  • Tibor GulfStream Pacific – tools required to change – 11-14.5oz
  • Waterworks Speedster HD – plastic clicker – 9.38oz

Fortunately, I am not seeing the need to add another heavy reel into my “tool-kit”, thus requiring to comprise on my requirements.  If I had to, I would start off looking at the Hatch or Einarsson.

The Olsen is a very nice traditional style reel, but expensive with a waiting list that is nearly 2 years. I would not use this reel in the ocean, but then again, a 14+oz reel is for the sole purpose for use on a long spey rod.  The closest it comes to the ocean would be in a delta.


Last comment: I have found manufacturers’ specifications usually optimistic on weights (list them lighter than they are) with more backing capacity than is practical.





Written by raspberryfisher

2017/05/21 at 21:48

Posted in Fly-Fishing

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  1. […] Weight:  A standard reel works weighing less than 10oz can work for spey rods of less than 13′ in length, but long rods need a heavy reel to reduce fatigue. […]

  2. […] For Spey rods, many reels are too light […]

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