Fly Reels : Quality Concerns
Like everything else in this world, quality matters when fly fishing. The reason cheap fly reels are inexpensive is because of what is inside them. Most cheap reels have the cheapest types of parts that can be found anywhere on earth. These parts break when least desirable and wear out very quickly. Remember, a fly reel has moving parts inside it. A cheap fly reel will quickly begin to wear out, often only after a year or two of moderate fishing. And it can fail miserably if you get a large fish on the end of the line. Read our horror stories about cheap fly reels to find out how these fly reels can fail.
A high quality fly reel will truly last a lifetime. A good quality fly reel, while it may not last a lifetime, will last many, many years and will provide reliable duty in the field. A very high quality fly reel will run around two hundred dollars or more. A good quality fly reel will be in the hundred-dollar range. A cheap fly reel will be less than fifty dollars. To me, at least, it makes sense to spend a little bit more now so that you don't end up having to buy another reel two years down the road or to have a fishing trip ruined by malfunctioning gear.
Another thing to keep
in mind about fly reels is how resistant they are to corrosion.
While this is vitally important in saltwater fishing, it is still
important in freshwater fishing. A cheap fly reel has often nothing
more than a thin coat of paint on it that soon wears off. Once that's
gone the reel will frequently start developing rust spots, among
other things. A very high quality fly reel will resist all forms
of rust and corrosion.
Still not convinced? Then read on!
Real Life Horror Scenarios of Cheap Fly Reels
Let's examine what can happen when you hook a large fish with a cheap fly reel. And, by cheap, I mean a poor quality fly reel. There are many good to excellent fly fishing reels available that will not break your bank account.
So, here's a couple of scenarios to consider when you become tempted to economize on your fly fishing outfit by selecting a cheap fly reel.
Get the picture? A fly reel, while it seems like a very simple piece of equipment, is vitally important - especially if your fly fishing for larger fish like large trout, salmon, or salt water species. And, even if you're hunting small fish that won't be capable of stripping out line, a poor quality fly reel can lead to frustrations due to tangles in the line and even damage to the fly line.
That's the bad news. The good news is that quality fly fishing reels aren't really that much more expensive than a bad one, usually costing less than $100.
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