Here are three trout reels from three different makers that have much in common. They are all very large arbor designs with dramatically ported, skeletonized frames for maximum capacity with minimum weight. Many reels today share these traits, however, these three have additional characteristics that set them apart; they feature narrow spool widths for intuitive, uniform line retrieval and have exceptional rigidity with minimum flex for such light-weight construction. Beyond that, they come from three different places; Florida, California and (by way of Britain) Korea. Each has its own subtle sounds, audible but never loud, different feels to the detents in their drag knobs, varied handle designs and, of course, different drag systems. Different but all are incrementally fine-tunable allowing just the right amount of drag to protect light tippets but apply appropriate strain to a trout to bring it to net while still green.
I selected these three reels only in part for the high quality design and performance they share; each balances perfectly with a specific rod that form the core quiver for my large trout river, dry fly angling. The Nautilus FWX 7/8 mates with Sage ONE 9'/#5 with a RIO Gold, The Galvan Torque T-6 with G.Loomis NRX 9'/#4 also with Gold and the Hardy Ultralite DD 4000, the easiest and most obvious choice, for Hardy's Zenith 9'/#5 mounted with SA Mastery Expert Distance Taper.
These three outfits are not intended to provide me with broad range response for any condition, there is a smaller 4-weight and a heavier 6-weight include for that, but rather to incrementally fine tune my preferred fly fishing for trout, dry fly only style. The ONE provides the ultimate in totally focused surgical precision, NRX maximizes delicacy at medium to long distances and Zenith is totally intuitive and graceful for repeated casting under all conditions from in close to as long as you may need to cast. All generate very high line speed with quick recovering tips helping to form smooth, tight loops facilitating compound, in-air reaches and mends.
I have owned many great rods and reels over the decades but these three form the best performing and best feeling core quiver ever.
My partner, "Dillon", assisting with a dry fly caught, pugnacious, Beaverhead brown taken with the Hardy outfit.