Fly Fishing Reels

By: Ken Marlborough

Fly fishing is one of the fastest growing sports at the moment. Men and women both enjoy it and many participants say that the feeling they get from catching a fish is extraordinary. To be successful at fly fishing, it is necessary to have the proper equipment. One of the most important components of a fly fishing rig is the fishing reel. People who go to a large sporting goods store will be amazed by how many reels are there.

The fly reel is very important because it dictates how much control the fisher will have over the line. The most important thing to take into consideration is matching the reel with the individual fisher's particular needs and fishing style. The reel must be sized for the line that is to be used. Several models allow the use of multiple line sizes. Also, different types of reels have different spool lengths. Some fly fishing reels provide a full rotation of the reel with just one crank of the handle while others provide more rotations of the spool with one handle turn. Another important factor is the size of the center of the reel, also called the arbor. The size of the arbor is important because it determines how easy it is to reel in a fish once it is caught. Fly fishing reels with larger arbors make it easier to wheel in the catch with fewer rotations. Also, the drag system (resistance placed on the line) is very important and mostly adjustable on most reels. The material used to construct the reel is also worth taking into consideration, since some materials are better for salt water because they are more resistant to corrosion.

To sum up, it is important to carefully choose a fly fishing reel, as a poor reel can frustrate even the most talented fly fisher. People who do not know what to choose should talk to an expert to point them in the right direction.

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