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Old 12-13-2012, 12:07 AM
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Can anyone give me some info on picking up a new reel. Im between the Orvis Mirage or a reel from the Hardy company. Any info is appreciated. Tight lines!
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You must ride a motorcycle,

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Forum; I don't think you can go wrong with either the Orvis or the Hardy. I have a bunch of each and they are all super reels. There is a thread here; Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread with about every reel you could want on it.

What size rod are you looking to put a reel on? Also, what are you fishing for and in what part of the country, this is the kind of info that will fine tune your replies.

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Default Re: advice on buying a new reel

Yes i do ride a motorcycle! I just bought a 6 weight orvis helios. I want to use it for bass fishing as well and big trout on my home river the Farmington. I am from Connecticut so there are lots of lakes and just a little over 4 hour ride there is also really good steelhead and walleye fishing. Thanks for the post!

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Yes i do ride a motorcycle! I just bought a 6 weight orvis helios. I want to use it for bass fishing as well and big trout on my home river the Farmington. I am from Connecticut so there are lots of lakes and just a little over 4 hour ride there is also really good steelhead and walleye fishing. Thanks for the post! For the Hardy reels i was looking at the Angel 2 or the fortuna
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Default Re: advice on buying a new reel

Why not the Hardy DD or CC reels? The Fortuna is more towards the saltwater fishing and I think the lightest it comes is an 8 weight.

The Angel 2 seems like a great reel, I am a big fan of Hardy myself. Love the DD reel. Have not used a CC but I would imagine it is just as good quality as all their reels.
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I havent looked into those reels but i definitely will now. I just wanna get the best reel as far as power and highest quality i can get.
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Why not the Hardy DD or CC reels? The Fortuna is more towards the saltwater fishing and I think the lightest it comes is an 8 weight.

The Angel 2 seems like a great reel, I am a big fan of Hardy myself. Love the DD reel. Have not used a CC but I would imagine it is just as good quality as all their reels.
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Hello,

I use Hardy and also Orvis reels - both brands are pretty good reels and in my opinion they have a classic design.
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Default Re: advice on buying a new reel

I too recommend the Hardy Ultralite DD 6000. The Angel is a very fine reel too but unless its exotic aesthetics knock you out, the DD is a newer more advanced design. Fortuna X is one of the finest reels on the planet but way too heavy and performance overkill for your #6 H. That Cornwall Bridge area has some fine springtime hatches.

I have not written about this reel here before and it certainly deserves mention; this is an early British-built first generation model:

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Default Re: advice on buying a new reel

For a similar price as the Orvis Mirage, you can get a Bauer Rogue.
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I have one year of flyfishing experience and if anyone is up for getting together this spring gor some fishing hit me up. I could use a few flyfishing buddies as i would appreciaye any knowledge and know how i can get! Also the aesthetics of the angel do blow me away as does the mirage.
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