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The Best Fly Fishing Reels For Far Better Catches

Updated on December 3, 2010

To start with, fly fishing reels are very instrumental in an angler’s fishing activity. These things are designed to do three important things. One is to hold the fishing line in place, second is to apply pressure on the line whenever there’s a catch to prevent the line from loosening, and third is to facilitate easy hauling. Here are a few things you need to know about fly fishing reels before purchasing one for your fly fishing rod.

When shopping around for a fly fishing reel, some of the things you will have to check are the reel’s size and drag. A reel’s size is relevant in that it can tell you the weight it can handle. Small reels are more often than not designed for small time freshwater fly fishing while big, heavy duty reels are designed for heavier hauls. Fishing reels can handle weights ranging from 2 up to 50 pounds. Another important thing to consider is drag. Drag is what you call the pressure that the reel puts on the line to prevent it from loosening and allowing the fish to get away. It works pretty much like a car’s break system. Fly fishing reels have different drag levels that are suitable for certain measures of weight.

When looking for a fly fishing reel, try looking for good brands like Okuma and Pflueger among many more instead of taking chances on cheaper unknown names. By doing so, you won’t have to risk getting something that will make you feel you just threw your hard-earned cash away. Here are some great fly fishing reels to make your decision easier. These are guaranteed to give you maximum customer satisfaction.

Okuma SLV Fly Reel
Okuma SLV Fly Reel

Okuma SLV Fly Reel

Get expert performance for more chances of getting better catches with this reliable fly fishing reel. It features rust-proof stainless steel ball bearings guaranteed to make reeling faster and more convenient. It also features a large arbor spool made of die cast aluminum that provides easy handling. The multi-disk cork provides just the right drag for catches such as carps, pikes, steelheads and other freshwater fishes. Even the most stubborn fish won’t get away from this one. This fly fishing reel also features a bushing drive system made of brass and spool shafts made of stainless steel to give you the best performance possible. It also has stainless drag washers that make sure you’ll have this valuable tool for a very long time.

Pflueger 1195X Automatic Fly Reels (Up to 8 Fly Line)
Pflueger 1195X Automatic Fly Reels (Up to 8 Fly Line)

Pflueger 1195X Automatic Fly Reels (Up to 8 Fly Line)

This convenient fly fishing reel can handle up to 8 weight fly lines. It has a frame made of aluminum alloy and a spool made of the same material measuring 7/8-inch in width. It provides sufficient drag for many freshwater species and prevents line tangling and loosening. This fly fishing reel has a main spring, a foot and a line guard made of rust-resistant stainless steel. You can be sure that this one will last you long years of happy fishing. This reel also has a very convenient feature that allows you to haul up your catch with just a single pull.  It’s automatic so all you have to do is pull the trigger and you’re done. This one is a great choice if you want to teach fly fishing to children or beginners or even if you simply want to save your strength to spend more hours fishing.

Shakespeare Single Action Fly Combo
Shakespeare Single Action Fly Combo

Shakespeare Single Action Fly Combo

Make your fly fishing sessions less tiring with the Shakespeare Single Action Fly Combo. It features a drag system you can easily adjust with an on/off switch to make hauling and line securing hassle-free. With this, it’s great for camping, boating and for teaching little ones how to fish. This fly fishing reel is made of aluminum alloy which makes it durable and lightweight so it can be stored easily in your backpack and so it can last you long years of excellent service. The spool is made of the same material too and features a control rim which helps hold the line in place and prevents it from tangling and loosening. You can bet that this will hold even with the toughest challenge big, stubborn fish put up.

Pflueger Medalist 1400 Series Fly Reels (Up to 7 Fly Line)
Pflueger Medalist 1400 Series Fly Reels (Up to 7 Fly Line)

Pflueger Medalist 1400 Series Fly Reels (Up to 7 Fly Line)

Nowadays, almost everything comes with just the push of a button: television shows, radio stations, toasts, shakes – and yes, even fishing lines. The Pflueger Medalist fly fishing reel features a push button that allows you to release the pressure on the fishing line so you can lower as much line as you need. It also features an external drag that you can adjust so as to fit the requirements of different weights. This way, you can use this for hauling very light fish or heavier catches. This reel is made of durable aluminum alloy and has a dull black finish that won’t be distracting even during sunny days. This fly fishing reel also features a convertible retrieve for both right-handed and left-handed people. This one is very user-friendly and is guaranteed to give you maximum satisfaction and enjoyment.

Martin Fly Fishing Multiplier 3:1 Ratio Fly Fishing Reel with Disk-Drag
Martin Fly Fishing Multiplier 3:1 Ratio Fly Fishing Reel with Disk-Drag

Martin Fly Fishing Multiplier 3:1 Ratio Fly Fishing Reel with Disk-Drag

If you’re going out for some heavy fly fishing, don’t forget this heavy duty fly fishing reel from Martin. It’s made of tough aluminum and is designed to work easily with both lefties and righties. This one will provide you with the sufficient drag for even 20 pounder catches, and needless to say, this one will take all of the tugs and wriggling. This reel is also specially designed to prevent your fishing line from getting tangled up or getting loose. It features a high speed retrieve with a ratio of 3:1 and a 360-degree drag system. It can also handle about 250 yards of fishing line and up to 18 kg weight of it so you can take this with you for freshwater or saltwater fly fishing.

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    Brian Estes 

    7 years ago

    Fishing is probably certainly the most rewarding pastime you can imagine!

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