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Your Fly Reel
There are hundreds of fly reels out there. Which one is the right one for you depend on what your fishing needs are. The capacity of the reel size increases with the size of the fish and water you fish. Typically, larger rods/reels are used on larger water for larger fish. Bigger fish implies the need for better drag control. Arbor Size follow use: Large arbors are now the prevailing reel for saltwater fishing for increased backing and faster retrieve. In trout fishing, the smaller traditional reel is still popular due to its lighter weight and decrease need for line. Balance in a major consideration small weight rods are coupled with smaller (lighter) reels.
The reel you buy should be configurable for right and left handed retrieve. Reels that allow additional spool are more flexible than fixed. Changing to a sinking or specialty fishing line is simple as changing the spool.
Specifications include: Reel weight in Oz., reel diameter and width, capacity: Line weight/Backing (LINE/YARDS/LB) as in #4/135/20 Lb.
When buying a reel, you need one that is balanced with your rod. Kind of pointless to buy a ultralight 1 1/2 oz rod and load it with a 7 oz. reel. A light creek does not need reel with yards of backing.
|Douglas||Martin||Scientific Anglers and Here|
|Echo||Mitchell||Temple Fork Outfitters|
|Hardy||Orvis||Ultralight fly reels|
|Hatch||Pflueger||MB Reels - Ultra light|