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Hi guys, I am fairly new to fishing, have just bought a new rod that takes 8-10KG, however I couldn't find a reel I really liked so am just using one of my old 4000 shimano reels..... 

I have got 10kg line on my rod... doesn't seem to be a problem, but I am just wondering what you guys think?? 

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What model is the reel?

They can vary in drag for the same size quite a bit.

I have a 4000 Symetre Fl & has 7kg of drag but a 4000 stradic has 11kg of drag!

 

Either way I think your reel will be fine with the rod

 

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Welcome aboard.

Where did you buy the rod ? If it was a tackle shop they will advise you. Oherwise just experiment,but a 4000 should be okay.

Cheers.

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5 hours ago, 98SCS said:

Hi guys, I am fairly new to fishing, have just bought a new rod that takes 8-10KG, however I couldn't find a reel I really liked so am just using one of my old 4000 shimano reels..... 

I have got 10kg line on my rod... doesn't seem to be a problem, but I am just wondering what you guys think?? 

It might be handy if you tell us how long your rod is?

Balance wise, with any reel, there's a big difference between a 7 foot boat rod and a 13 foot beach rod of the same load rating.

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4 hours ago, kingie chaser said:

What model is the reel?

They can vary in drag for the same size quite a bit.

I have a 4000 Symetre Fl & has 7kg of drag but a 4000 stradic has 11kg of drag!

 

Either way I think your reel will be fine with the rod

 

I am not quite sure how to tell?? 

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19 minutes ago, Rebel said:

Welcome aboard.

Where did you buy the rod ? If it was a tackle shop they will advise you. Oherwise just experiment,but a 4000 should be okay.

Cheers.

Thank you. Bought the rod from ana - conda (wouldn’t let me put at one word).... have used it a few times fishing and haven’t had any issues, however haven’t caught anything huge on this rod yet.. Biggest catch on this rod was a rock cod 40cm

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4 minutes ago, Green Hornet said:

It might be handy if you tell us how long your rod is?

Balance wise, with any reel, there's a big difference between a 7 foot boat rod and a 13 foot beach rod of the same load rating.

I have a 7 foot rod, it’s a shimano. 

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Its more related to the line rating than it is the reel rating. You'll find more rods and reels would measure towards the line. so 8-10kg rod, the ideal line would be 17-22lb line rating.

When looking at gear, I tend to lean toward looking at PE scales. This gives you a better idea of the rod and reel you would match it with, combined with the intended use for the setup.

Also, as green hornet brought up, the type of rod might determine the actual reel you match it with, which is probably more around the Reels physical weight.

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PE scale is more about the thickness of the line rather than the braking strain.

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5 hours ago, Rob81 said:

Its more related to the line rating than it is the reel rating. You'll find more rods and reels would measure towards the line. so 8-10kg rod, the ideal line would be 17-22lb line rating.

When looking at gear, I tend to lean toward looking at PE scales. This gives you a better idea of the rod and reel you would match it with, combined with the intended use for the setup.

Also, as green hornet brought up, the type of rod might determine the actual reel you match it with, which is probably more around the Reels physical weight.

Wow this is all so foreign to me! You lost me! Sorry 😐 

looks like I’ll have to do some more research. 

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33 minutes ago, 98SCS said:

Wow this is all so foreign to me! You lost me! Sorry 😐 

looks like I’ll have to do some more research. 

There is no need to over complicate it.

By all mean keep reading & looking at info on all things in relation to line class, types of line, rod ratings, rod types, then rigs etc.

You never stop learning.

Nothing wrong with what you intend to use, just get out there & fish 🙂

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I go based of how the reel feels paired on the rod and how nice the setup feels. Yes the reel needs the right line, drag, smoothness, line capacity, new reel features. But if the reel does not sit nice on the rod and feel balanced for casting and fishing with all day then It does not get bought. 

Max drag is a bit of an interesting subject as fishing companies tend to test at the base of the spool (sometimes they test at full spool, sometimes they change the number, sometimes it just does not make sense, some reels drag starts to get sticky closer to max drag some reels are pristine right to lockup) The best thing is to have the same line that the rod is designed for or lighter. You can go heavier on the line but that restricts your abilities to use your rod to actually lift fish without risking a snap. 10kg rods have quite a but of force so I would assume a 4000 - 5000 size spinning reel will fit depending on the weight and distribution of that weight on the reel. 

If the reel you have now feels good and you test the drag and think the reel is good I would not change it. If you do want a new reel look for reels that are around that size range. Stradics, td black, td sol, the new vanford, stella, certate. They are all quite pricey so cheaper options might be the exceler or sienna. Spool these reels with 10 kg braid or even 20lb braid and you cant go wrong. 

cheers - James

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