Fly Reels : Summary & Recommendations
Well, you've read this
entire 5-article series about fly fishing reels. Yet, after all
of this, you still don't really know what to get! Fear not, this
summary of fly reels will review everything covered in a quick and
easy to remember way. This article will even make fly reel recommendations
for you so you don't get stumped when you're out shopping for a
fly reel. So, let's get started.
What fly reel weight
should I get? - Make sure that the fly reel weight matches,
preferably precisely, the fly line and fly rod weight that you use.
Thus, if you have a 5 weight fly rod and 5 weight fly line, make
sure you get a 5 weight fly reel.
What kind of drag
system should I get? - If fly fishing for wary trout where you
must use light tippets and leaders to catch them (such as brown
trout or when fly fishing in crystal clear lakes), get a spring-and-pawl
drag system. This type of drag system will substantially help in
preventing tippet breakage. For other fly fishing situations, a
disc-drag fly reel will be the one to choose - especially if you
will be fishing for larger quarry.
How Much Should I
expect to Spend? - A
quality fly reel isn't really that much more than a cheap fly reel
that breaks the first time you look at
it. A good fly reel will run between $50-$100. A "premium" fly
reel, that will last a lifetime, will run between $100-$200.
Dedicated Trout Fly
Battenkill Spring-and-Pawl Fly Reel (budget)
CFO Spring-and-Pawl Fly Reel (premium)
Recommended Fly Reel
for other Freshwater Species
Battenkill Disc-Drag Fly Reel (budget)
Orvis CFO Disc-Drag Fly Reel
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