I'm thinking about buying a new reel for my weight 8 rod (which I use for steelhead), but want also to use it for my weight 5 rod (which I use for trout). The reel is supposed to be used with lines weight 7 to 9, but I wonder if its performance will be affected if I use a lighter line. Anyone there who knows if it would work?

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I assume you are considering a new reel with multiple spools. The reel's performance will not be affected except that with a lighter line you will be able to fit more backing. In a 5wt setup that usually wouldn't offer any benefit.

One potential issue with using a much larger reel is the balance. You may be able to cast well with a poorly balanced setup, but it will get very tiresome over a long day.

  • I want to use a mid arbor reel that weights 5.28oz, on a rod that balances with a reel weighting 5.5oz. I haven't tested them, but it should be alright, I suppose.
    – Kenji
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 11:59
  • I would feel confident with that.
    – That Idiot
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 12:34

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