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Old 09-15-2013, 08:54 PM
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Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

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Looking through the thread brings a point to mind; possibly the best made were the ones copied the most by other (newer) manufacturers.

Good point. Not sure what the top ten best trout reels of all time are, but I'd put half a dozen Hardy's in there.
I figure the Hardy Lightweight Series, the Pflueger Medalist Series and the CFO reels sold by Orvis have the most reels in circulation at this time. I think the CFO reels are the smoothest reels I've ever used for trout fishing, couple the machining with the classic looks and they are a pleasure to own and use.

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Not the best reel ever made BUT you cant beat the sound of it going nuts when you hook a big one
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I'm partial to MIUSA Martin tuna cans, too. I learned to fly fish back in college using a 61 I got for $6 at Wal-Mart. Still works good as new.
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Love my Orvis CFO but when I factor in price I've got to say the Battenkill Bar Stock. Haven't tried the new Battenkill.
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Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

My personal favourites are Ari'T Hart reels, I've collected/used them over the last 20+ years. I've created an album of most of them in my settings
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Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

My favorite...the Hardy Perfect, second would be a Hardy Lightweight, especially the two screw version and last but not least..what else another Hardy, the Uniqua with a telephone latch. Hardy, Hardy, Hardy!!
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Another vote here for the Hardy Perfect.

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I figure the Hardy Lightweight Series, the Pflueger Medalist Series and the CFO reels sold by Orvis have the most reels in circulation at this time. I think the CFO reels are the smoothest reels I've ever used for trout fishing, couple the machining with the classic looks and they are a pleasure to own and use.

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They made them for 70 years? Hardies probably even longer? You take them apart and there's almost nothing inside. Damned things just work.
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It's a cold morning here in the North East, I'll bite:


1. Spring&Pawl: A handmade Stan Bogdan is the best I've ever seen or, for a factory reel; the CFO (designed by Stan but not loved by him latter) or Abel Creek

2. Exotic Reel: I suppose Ari't Hart's reels, made by him in his home in Holland, are the finest trout reels on the Planet. Oh, little Abel Supers are terrific and my wife loves her German Vosseler and I wish I had bought one of Jack Charlon's first generation reels and my buddy loves his Sarcione...but Ari trumps them all.

3. Readily available and reasonably priced: I fish Nautilus FWX and Hardy Ultralite DD reels and find both to be totally reliable, fine tunable, smooth pleasures to fish with. the U DD has an extra unusual advantage; the incremental size differences between models makes it reasonable to achieve exactly the balance you strive for with any trout rod.


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I posted this last March and am sticking to it but will add to my #3 category that Galvan's "Torque" series, in trout sizes, have made it onto this list after a season fishing a T-6 and appreciating its build quality and performance.

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Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

Sorry I am jumping in late with this. My favorite of all time? Paul Hermann baby or large trout. I use them both regularly (as often as I can get on the water); both have a fantastic outgoing click and amazing tolerances, made by a skilled craftsman.
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Hardy LRH Lightweight. I thought everyone knew that.
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