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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fly Reel Basics

I my opinion, the least important part of an Idaho Fly Fisher's gear is the fly reel. Think about it. What is the purpose of a fly reel? Purely and simply, its purpose is soley to hold your fly line. Unless you are landing a really large trout, steelhead or salmon, most of us can more efficiently land a fish by "stripping" more easily and gracefully than playing the prey off the fly reel. Therefore, I would suggest not spending an arm and a leg for your reel. Instead, invest in a great rod or some really good breatheable waders. There are those who may disagree with this theory and I welcome your comments. But over time you can judge for yourself.

G. Loomis and Orvis now make really good, inexpensive fly reels. I have owned Sage reels, expensive Orvis reels and Lamson fly reels. With the ability of manufactures to machine today's reels, I really cannot see or feel alot of difference. Lines can make a difference, but there again there are some pretty good inexpensive fly lines out there. Rods can make a huge difference in the approach to finicky fish and in casting distance. Even leaders and tippets can make a difference in your ability to catch the wary trout. But these are the subject of another post on another day.

Fly fishing Idaho is a blast! The right equipment is a must. Find yourself a fly reel that fits you style but I encourage you not to "break the bank" on this one item. "Fly Reel Basics" was written by YellowStoneFly from the Idaho Fly Fishers blog.

Great Idaho fly fishing to all!

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

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