Re: What do I really need in a fly reel?
I'm going to side with Rip Tide here. For a 5wt and trout in general, you really don't need a "Stop a freight train" drag system. A simple click & pawl reel is fine. The Cortland Retro and Hardy Lightweight series of reels come to mind. If you are going to be getting into a lot of bigger fish like tail water trout, carp, pike, wiper, etc..Then you may want to look into a reel with a good disk drag and a large arbor. The large arbor spool basically has a larger circumference so it will pick up line a lot faster. If a 20lb carp takes you into the backing, you are going to want to pick up the slack line in a hurry, that is where a large arbor comes into play.