Things to Consider When Choosing A Fly-Fishing Reel
When it is time to buy a new fly fishing reel, and honestly, when isn’t the time, you might have some questions in mind. You may be wondering which fly fishing reels are best for you and how much you will be spending for one. This guide will discuss five important things to consider helping you make an informed decision:
The type of fish you are targeting.
Every fly fishing reel comes with specific designs for particular types of fish. That’s why the selection comes in different profiles, drags and line capacities. For instance, Trout fishing reels design allows them to work with a 2 to a 6-weight line and backing line, while salmon are typically bigger because of the larger line weights and more backing line needed for the species.
The number of fly lines you use.
Today’s trout anglers have a range of fly lines to suit different fishing conditions. They typically have the multi cassette spool system, which lets them carry a range of fly lines in different densities on the spare spools, which come with it. That way, they can quickly and efficiently switch fly lines both on the water, and on the bank.
That pertains to the overall design and size of the fly fishing reels. When choosing arbor size, think of balance for your rod. The shorter the rod, a standard arbor typically is sufficient. For longer rods like Euro Nymphing rods in the 10-13’ range, large arbor or even sizing up is the way to go. Also consider species. If you’re going after steelhead or salmon that’s going to get you into your backing, you definitely want large arbor. Most trout, panfish, and bass are not going to be peeling out a lot of drag. Standard arbor is more than adequate here.
For saltwater fly reels, you need a sealed drag system that can effectively prevent saltwater ingress. As we all know, saltwater can cause havoc on everything. Even with sealed drag reels, I also wash my reels after each trip. For freshwater fly fishing, you can consider either the same option or a non-sealed drag system. It is more of an expense question than anything. I must say though, whenever I can, I go with a sealed drag.
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