Fly Fishing for Beginners - Reels
The main purpose of your reel is to hold your fly line. Pretty simple right? But your reel does a lot more than that. It keeps pressure on the fish during a "run" and eases retrieval. Again, you want to size your reel with the line and rod weight. This will ensure the correct balance of your rod.
Just like fly rods, there are hundreds of different types of reels and prices range from $10 to over $1,000. No question that the more expensive reels are better quality that less expensive models. For the beginner, however, you should be able to find a good quality reel for under $50. So why the big difference in price? It depends on the construction material, type of drag system, arbor size, and if the reel is saltwater proof.
Construction Material – Reels can be made of many different materials ranging from graphite to titanium but most are made from aluminum. Expensive reels are machined from bar stock while less expensive reels are formed or pressed. Internal components include sealed ball bearings, stainless steels gears, and other parts.
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