A great fly reel can make all the difference between landing that fish you’ve been stalking and watching it swim off. A quality reel is more than just a line receptacle, it is an integral part of your fly fishing outfit. The right reel will balance your rod out perfectly and provide the confidence you need to land that big fish.
Buying a quality reel can be conveniently included as part of a combination outfit, or purchased on its own for specific needs. There are four specific characteristics you want to look at when purchasing a new reel: weight/size, construction, drag, and arbor. Reels are often measured by weight like rods. When creating your own personal outfit, it is important that you are matching the size of your reel to your rod for best performance.
The construction and material of your reel is also something to keep in mind. There are two construction methods used to create fly reels: pre-cast and machined. Pre-cast fly reels are made from liquid poured into a mold and tend to be a bit heavier and less durable than their machined counterparts. Their more affordable price makes them a great option for anyone just starting out. Machined fly reels are milled out of a solid block of metal which leads to a lighter and stronger reel. These reels can last a lifetime and offer the best performance.
Drag refers to the breaking power of your reel. There are two main systems used on a fly reel: click and pawl, and disk drag. Click and pawl is the traditional style and offers a simplistic and affordable reel. Drag tension is created by a clicker (aka the pawl) that ticks against the teeth of a gear. This reel creates the musical rhythm that many have come to associate with a fishing reel. Disc drag, on the other hand, tends to provide the smoothest and most efficient system and is more suited to handling a variety of fish. It is the most common reel system available today.
Arbor refers to the cylinder at the core of the reel that the backing and fly line are wound around. The size of your arbor will affect how quickly your fly reel is able to pick up line. Larger arbors are the perfect fit for a variety of fly fishing applications such as saltwater fishing, while smaller arbors are better suited for a light weight rod.
Benefits of Choosing AvidMax
AvidMax offers a variety of sizes and styles to match your outfit and needs. We only offer fly fishing reels for sale that we would use on our own adventures. We know that a quality reel that matches your outfit can last for years or even a lifetime. This is why we offer top of the line products from the best fly fishing manufacturers in the business including Waterworks Lamson, Redington, Orvis, and more.
We want you to find a reel that you'll absolutely love. If we don't have that perfect reel in stock, we'll even special order it for you from one of our trading partners at no extra charge. That's how important it is to us that you find exactly the reel you want. If you have questions or want more information about a fly fishing reel or other gear, give us a call at 866-454-5523. We're always happy to talk reels with fellow fly fishing enthusiasts!