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hi I just checked and if im not mistaking the dawai turtla tl is 6.2 and the stradic ci4+ is 6.7oz is there any more light weight reel out there right now?

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The Okuma RTX 30 is a nice reel. I own one and like it a lot. It weighs 6.6 oz. and has a 6-1 gear ratio.

 

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43 minutes ago, richard203 said:

hi I just checked and if im not mistaking the dawai turtla tl is 6.2 and the stradic ci4+ is 6.7oz is there any more light weight reel out there right now?

What size reel are we talking about? If your question is whats the lightest spinning reel, disregard the size, the lightest i know of its the Shimano Soare Ci4+ 500 at 4.9oz.

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sorry I forgot the size, im looking at the 2500 size range

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In that case maybe the Vanquish 2500 at 6.1oz, maybe there´s something even lighter out there, i´ve read somewere that Abu Garcia is releasing a spinning version Revo MGX Extreme... i bet that´s going to be extremely light.

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The 2000 sized Daiwa Exist LT weighs 5.5 oz but retails at $800. The Daiwa Tatula LT, Ballistic LT, and Shimano Stradic CI4 are all fabulous choices as well.

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Lightest isn't as important as what balances the rod...to what you like.

 

Some folks like tip heavy. some folks like butt heavy. some want it dead on the reel handle...then there's the question of how the weight is distributed:

  • Centered on the reel handle, or
  • out along the blank...

There's reasons why each works best, depending on who is throwing the rod...

 

Put the rig together, including line and the desired bait/lure...then tell us what feels right to you.

 

Here's the cool part: You can't be wrong.

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For something with a good line capacity and a useful drag setting get a Tatula LT 2000. At 5.8 oz it has a bit more line capacity than the 2500 Shimanos do and at 11 lbs of drag that is still more than you will need for bass fishing.

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The Abu Garcia Revo SX is another good reel. 

 

I generally find a rod I like and bring it around with me to the shops to get the feel and balance I like. That's what happened to be a recent Abu purchase. I'm generally a Shimano and Daiwa guy. I'll give the Abu a shot. Love it so far. 

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14 hours ago, Burros said:

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Looks pretty light.

Yeh, but it would be lighter if it was composite.

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13 hours ago, PatrickKnight said:

For something with a good line capacity and a useful drag setting get a Tatula LT 2000. At 5.8 oz it has a bit more line capacity than the 2500 Shimanos do and at 11 lbs of drag that is still more than you will need for bass fishing.

I got the tatula lt 2500 that's why I was wondering is there anything lighter than that. a lot of people love the ci4+

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I'll take quality over weight as long as it's under 10oz...

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12 hours ago, richard203 said:

I got the tatula lt 2500 that's why I was wondering is there anything lighter than that. a lot of people love the ci4+

I have owned a Ci4+ FB 2500 as well as fished a 2500 Tatula and I would pick the Tatula.

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Well, balance is important but it means something different to each angler.

 

For me, the idea of balancing an empty reel on a rod is okay but there is another better qualifier. The position where it does matter is when the line is out, lure in the water, when fishing.

 

Even slack line adds weight to the rod tip pulling it down like a dowsing rod. If your presentation requires a little tension and creates a taut line, even more so.

 

And, this is where I'd concentrate . . . it is where I hope to find myself most of the time. Line out, fishing.

 

Maybe seemingly perverse, it'd be a slightly "on the heavy side" reel that would balance best if measured in the actual fishing posture.

 

Brad

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Stradic ci4+ are light

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On 7/3/2018 at 7:48 PM, fishballer06 said:

I'll take quality over weight as long as it's under 10oz...

Man...I think even my musky reel only weighs 10.4...OK, went and checked specs: 10.8.

 

I do know that my whole BFS rig weighs 10.3...

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15 hours ago, Brad in Texas said:

Well, balance is important but it means something different to each angler.

 

For me, the idea of balancing an empty reel on a rod is okay but there is another better qualifier. The position where it does matter is when the line is out, lure in the water, when fishing.

 

Even slack line adds weight to the rod tip pulling it down like a dowsing rod. If your presentation requires a little tension and creates a taut line, even more so.

 

And, this is where I'd concentrate . . . it is where I hope to find myself most of the time. Line out, fishing.

 

Maybe seemingly perverse, it'd be a slightly "on the heavy side" reel that would balance best if measured in the actual fishing posture.

 

Brad

Nailed it.

 

Even more important with a fly rod.

 

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That's a 3.95 ounce rod with a 3.7 ounce reel on it...

 

I've never weighed the whole thing, but it's not 9 ounces with line and backing...can check if anyone cares...

 

You can see it's a little butt heavy with the line on the reel...but move that 300 grain line head out 60 ft. and it changes the whole dynamic...feels perfect in my hand.

 

Change any one component, and stuff starts feeling different...

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I own 4 Stradic ci4s. They are great reels. Smooth and light. Not sure why so many people are so concerned about .5 ounces lighter and such. When I’m looking to buy a new reel I want it to have good drag, be reliable and last a long time. Being lighter than others is just a small added plus. Just my thoughts! 

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