My fishing partner sent me these pictures of his new reel yesterday.
He's been building his own bamboo rods for about 10 years and I guess he need a homemade reel to go with them.
The reel body was made from a brass door kick plate. The only power tool used was a drill
Like I have said before, except for the rare time I hook into a 20 inch + trout on the river, I rarely "have to" put a fish on the reel. If I have a fish that runs, I do put them on the reel, but I don't believe that I have lost a fish due to the quality of my reel drag yet. So for me, the reel basically holds the line, and occasionally sees duty as a drag assist mechanism. I am probably not explaining this right. In any case the Redingtons and the RLS2 are my two most expensive reels, but I bought them as they were being discontinued so I didn't pay that much for them. I believe that while a good drag can help, and I am sure it does on the larger fish, I fish for trout primarily, and there have been a lot of trout caught on older reels that did not have the benefit of today's technology.
Doesn't mean I don't love my reels or my rods, I do, I have more rods and reels then I can use on any single outing, even if I take a couple spares.
It sure is fun to be getting ready to go fish and be able to say, hmmm, I think I will take the old omni and my Griggs 5 weight today, or maybe the redington 3 wt and redington reel.
The other thing I think is kewl, is having the spare spools with larger line. the spare for the 3/4 has 4 wt on it, and the spare for the 5/6 has 6 wt on it. When I get a new 5 wt rod, I can underline or overline it and see what it likes to use. If I am fishing dries on the 3wt, I can use the 3wt DT, if I am fishing nymphs, the 4wt, etc. The hard part is remembering what type of line I have on the spool. I am planning on putting a 5wt sinking line on the Okuma for still water fishing - any recommendations?
Just found this question, been awhile but better late than never. I am not a still water fisherman of great note. I have fished for pike a bit in lakes and found myself using a DT floater. I liked that approach even though I have a 9wt sink tip line. The floater allows me to pick up a cast and reposition ...... say, 90* to the right If I spot a fish. The sinking line almost requires that I keep stripping in line to a manageable length prior to making another cast. This is not to say that with a stiff rod you can not raise a line that is six feet under and cast but a days worth of that will wear you out.
So unless some special situation requires me to use a sinking line I stay with a floater and go to a longer leader with a 24" lead head looped in about four feet from the fly.
Don't know if that sounds good but it is how I handle depth.
Joni says she uses a 30 foot leader for lake fishing in her belly boat. I've been
using 12 foot leaders on lakes lately, and adding a bit more weight to the
fly. I've never used split shot with ff'ing gear, but I'm sure it would help. While
I've fished deep at the local lake with all kinds of fishing gear, 99% of the
fish I catch are in less than 6 feet of water, and 99% of those are within 20
feet of the bank.