I've finally bitten the bullet and purchased the Orvis H2, 5wt tip flex. Whilst the checking account gathers its breath i want to put a nice reel on it.
I had considered the Hardy Ultralight DD, but being British i'm always slightly put off by the Hardy brand when in the USA. I think its having so many US companies available to me here that i don't have easy access to in the UK.
I considered the Loop Opti Dry Fly, but i could help thinking it was a little too big and don't like thats its silent. I enjoy a reel click.
I considered the Nautilus FWX as its so light, but my experience with the 7/8 has put me off the brand slightly. They put it right, but it annoys me that a complete duffer got past their QC and the fly shop as well.
I like the Orvis Mirage, i have the Mirage IV for my 8wt, its a good solid reel with loads of drag, but i want something a bit different on the 5wt.
I handled a Lamson up in CO a few weeks ago, felt really nice, but couldn't get over the really wide spool, whats with that?
So i arrive back time and time again at the Hatch Finatic 4+. I've handled one it feels great, i haven't fished with one though and the only criticism i've read is that they are bit heavy on modern light fly rods.
Anyone with a thought on the Hatch as a trout reel? I don't need an amazing drag etc, but at these sort of prices i guess it comes with the territory. I'm looking at the more modern looking reels, the blue blank of the H2 i think requires it. (its embarrassing but i like my fishing gear to look the part, even if i'm too inept to get the best from it)