Re: Use Center Pin Reel or Alvey Reel as a Fly Reel
You can use any reel you like for fly casting. You will find that a Center Pin Reel is intended to be use with a mono line and there is no fly casting as done in Fly Fishing. Pin Reel fishing is done with a long rod with bait. The cast is a pendulum type cast and the rod is not used to propel the line or bait like a spinning rod or fly rod.
The side reel cast in the film will cause your line to twist and there is no mechanism to untwist it as you reel in the line. Living in Texas I don't know of a lot of places you might find Pin Reel fishing beneficial.
The first spinning reel I ever used had a spool that you turned sideways to cast. It was worthless. When you wound the line back in it didn't have a bail to untwist the line.