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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.

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Finding the right model among all the available reel choices and sizes is a studious undertaking. Best have the rod with you. Consider the weight of the line and its backing. Check out this video


Common Reel Manufacturers
Abel Hayden Redington
ABU Garcia Katmai Ross
Bauer Lamson Ryobi
Cortland Loop Sage
Douglas Martin Scientific Anglers and Here
Echo Mitchell Temple Fork Outfitters
Elite Nautilus Tibor
Galvan Okuma Taylor
Hardy Orvis Ultralight fly reels
Hatch Pflueger MB Reels - Ultra light

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