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1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2013/6/7 9:31
Posts: 385
Does anyone use a 1.5 sized reel for a 5 weight? I have a Ross Evo 1.5 that I would like to use on a 5 weight, but will the spool be sufficient to hold the line and backing? Anyone use a 1.5 rather than a size 2 on a 5 weight? It is rated for 3,4, and 5 weight lines. Thanks!

Posted on: 2013/10/1 20:48

Re: 1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2010/2/13 7:55
From Murrysville, PA
Posts: 86
That reel will work fine in my opinion. Might not fit much backing on there but I don't expect you will need much.

Posted on: 2013/10/2 8:30

Re: 1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2013/10/1 8:28
From Ohio
Posts: 58
Try using Gel Spun instead of dacron, you'll get some more backing on there.

Posted on: 2013/10/2 9:51

Re: 1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2011/9/27 20:41
From Central PA
Posts: 225
since most people fish wf line, cut 10-15 feet of line off from where it attaches to your backing. then you will be able to put 50-75 feet of backing. if you need more backing then cut more floating line off. don't get wild on your first attempt as you can't go backwards.

i use a 2-3 wt reel with 6wt line on.

Posted on: 2013/10/7 23:42

Re: 1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2008/6/8 19:45
From Pittsburgh
Posts: 1496
I think you'd be fine with however much 20lb dacron you can fit on a 1.5 Ross. I don't think I've ever been into my backing with a 5wt.

Posted on: 2013/10/7 23:51

Re: 1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2006/9/17 9:47
From WNY
Posts: 298
use WF instead of DT.

Posted on: 2013/10/8 7:22

Re: 1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2009/10/15 13:45
From Eastern PA
Posts: 9832
I have Evo LT 3 that I use on my 6 wt with 6 wt GPX (which we know is closer to a 7 wt line however for all intents and purposes the BIIIsx 6 wt is a 7 wt rod) and the line barely fits with minimal backing. Having said that, I used that rod almost exclusively in MT for 10 days, caught many very large and strong fish and never saw my backing. I would suggest you will be fine here as long as there is no major balance issue with the rod and reel, which is simply a matter of potential fatigue versus function. I am not sure if the original, non-LT Evo uses the same sizing convention.

Posted on: 2013/10/8 14:32

Re: 1.5 size reel on 5 weight

2011/5/26 10:12
From Dauphin PA
Posts: 2701
I was thinking along the same line as jdaddy...rod balance issue more so than a backing capacity issue.

Posted on: 2013/10/14 15:42
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