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Reel to Rod Match Up
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:58:59 AM »

Yesterday and continuing into today, I have started an exercise to align certain rods to certain reels.  All of this came about as a result of adding the two new Daiwa reels.  After having a chance to try out the new reels, I decided that I should undertake an exercise to find out what rods best match what reels given my current fishing styles. 

This all came about a week ago when I originally put the new reels on some older rods from the rack and was amazed how well they performed with the new reels.  Since then I decided to move the reels around a bit to my newer rods and wouldn't you know that I saw a reduction in reel performance.  The current exercise is to address some of the performance concerns.  The results of this exercise have proved to be quite interesting and surprising.  Many of my rods are basically the same with regards to type and tip speed and for the most part represent local fishing conditions.  My quest for a Guntersville frog rod however remains unsettled.

I have three reels that comprise my "A" list.  They are a Daiwa TWSV103HS, Daiwa TWSV103XS and then a Lew's BB-1SHZ,  These three products are clearly my smoothest and in my opinion the best reels I own. The remaining reels are all Lew's and all in the SS1 category with different retrieve speeds.

After reviewing the specifications of my rods I have married the reels as follows.  Daiwa TWSV103HS to a Shimano Sellus, Daiwa TWSV103XS to a Quantum KVD Tour Signature series and the Lews BB-1 to my best rod a LSCR with Winn Grips.  Although I am surprised by this alignment I fully understand that this is for my local fishing and does not represent what I need to take to Guntersville this fall.  I still have the dilemma of needing a frog rod specifically for the heavy mat conditions and the need to make long frog casts. I may just have to try a Dobyns to satisfy this requirement.

This has been an enjoyable exercise and I think I may have learned some valuable lessons.  Obviously some variable are present depending upon line type and weight but those will be felt with when conditions dictate.  Sitting here today I chuckle a bit because I wonder just how long it will take before my mind is totally changed and I can do this all over again.  The rod selections are based on rods I already have even though there are probably opportunities for upgrades in that department as well.  Perhaps this is just an exercise to prove that I have learned just enough to be dangerous and should continue to seek guidance of those who are more knowledgable.
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Re: Reel to Rod Match Up
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 11:52:27 AM »

I always buy a rod for a reel or a reel for a rod, and when I decide what goes with what I almost never switch them. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to try switching them up some, I might be surprised what feels better in different combos. Then again I think I have mild OCD with my gear because I have to be using certain reels with THEIR rods and what I have for whatever reason decided is the "proper" line for each setup.
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Re: Reel to Rod Match Up
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2017, 12:11:47 PM »

I always buy a rod for a reel or a reel for a rod, and when I decide what goes with what I almost never switch them. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to try switching them up some, I might be surprised what feels better in different combos. Then again I think I have mild OCD with my gear because I have to be using certain reels with THEIR rods and what I have for whatever reason decided is the "proper" line for each setup.
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Re: Reel to Rod Match Up
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2017, 05:16:54 PM »

I've reached a point where I pretty well know what I want for different conditions, including where baits interchange on an outfit. This is letting me cut what I carry so I'm not tripping all over outfits, I'm in the slow process of upgrading what I carry and the old oddball stuff I'm either trading them in during the big BPS sales or I'll give them to a friend for his grandkids.
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Re: Reel to Rod Match Up
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 09:17:52 PM »

So I see there are two sv103's now  lo.

Frog rod can't help you much with but I'd say something at least 7'3 with a fast tip. I know that's broad but....


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