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Default Deciding on a 4wt reel

Already have a 6 wt outfit and convinced myself I also "need" a 4 wt outfit to enhance my enjoyment when fishing for panfish, smaller (typically < 3 lb) largemouth bass and trout. Just purchased a St. Croix Imperial 4 wt fly rod and would appreciate your guidance on reel selection.

My impressions are:
a) Since the St. Croix Imperial is a light weight rod, it's important that the reel also be light weight for optimum balance.
b) In setting up a lightweight fly fishing outfit, money is better spent on the rod and line. Reel is basically a line holder at this line weight (#4).

That said:
1) Is it fair to say that the most important feature is low weight? If so, is it reasonable to think the reel should weight four ounces or less?
2) Should I also consider reels with click and pawl drag (assuming it results in a lighter reel) or am I better off with a disc drag to better handle larger than expected fish?
3) Is it reasonable to assume I can spend less than $100 to for a suitable reel?

Any reel suggestions?

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Old 02-16-2013, 07:58 PM
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Just my $.02 but be careful with click/pawl. While you can land quite sizable fish on a click/pawl just be careful that it isn't sloppy. If you get a sloppy click pawl you will get backlash when you strip line.

I believe you can get some reels for $100 or so like a Lamson Konic and they are a fine reel with a good drag.
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Default Re: Deciding on a 4wt reel

allens new ats reel series would be a good choice

ATS Reel Series - Allen Fly Fishing Store


plus with their current allen store credit offer, you could get it for 75.00.

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Duh, how could I forget those...

Allen's are a great reel at a good price and good guys running the show over there. I got the Trout II at the Denver show and my buddy bought the ATS, it felt real nice.
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Default Re: Deciding on a 4wt reel

Thanks for bringing the Allen store credit to my attention. Definitely increases the appeal of the ATS.

Noticed that both ATS model 1 and 2 can be used for 4 wt. Model 1 is slightly lighter, but will hold less backing. Is there anything I'm missing?
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Default Re: Deciding on a 4wt reel

Battenkill Reel -- Orvis UK. Found this on another post. Might be of interest if you want a click/pawl.
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Battenkill Reel -- Orvis UK. Found this on another post. Might be of interest if you want a click/pawl.
I was at the Bears Den mini-show yesterday and they had some of these in the Orvis booth. They will be rolling them out in the US later this spring or summer. Very nice click and pawl for not a lot of money. The spring tension has a couple of different adjustment settings, depending on your preference for a gentle or stronger check.
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Default Re: Deciding on a 4wt reel

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Thanks for bringing the Allen store credit to my attention. Definitely increases the appeal of the ATS.

Noticed that both ATS model 1 and 2 can be used for 4 wt. Model 1 is slightly lighter, but will hold less backing. Is there anything I'm missing?
Yes, the reel. Many satisfied Allen reel owners here. I have bought 4 reels, 3 were for 4wt rods. My reels are the older ones.
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Default Re: Deciding on a 4wt reel

JCW355, since you have several 4wt Allen reels, would you recommend model 1 or 2 ATS? Model 1 recommended for 3-5 WFF and model 2 recommended for 4-6 WFF.

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Default Re: Deciding on a 4wt reel

get the ats I. you don't really need much backing on a 4 weight and the smaller size will suit that rod better.
on a side note, you may want to consider the ats fly line as well. i'ts great line at a good price

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