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  1. Default How important is a reel?

    I hope I am posting this in the right part of the forum. Last year I got a 5 wt Redington pursuit combo at my local fly shop and had intended to replace it, but I ended up really liking the rod and am thinking of sticking with it for another year.

    My question is how important is a reel in a setup of that size for general nymphing and Stillwater fishing? I don't have any strong opinion on the reel, it is ok I guess. I am wondering if a much better reel would help me out?

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    What sort of stillwater fishing? For carp or pike or muskie, the reel matters as your using your drag quite a bit, but for basic trout fishing, your reel generally doesnt serve any other purpose than to hold your line and look good.
    "Don't burn the day away" - Dave Matthews Band

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    It depends alot on the fish. If you need a really good drag to fight big fish it is very important ,if you are bring all your fish in without putting them on the reel it is just a place to store your line.
    I don't always fly fish but when I do I prefer salt water. Stay salty my freinds

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    It's not the equipment that catches the fish, it's the skill of the angler.
    That's why we do it.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    That is just about what I thought. The local store I buy my stuff at was trying to sell me a new reel, but it just didn't make sense why I would need for the size of fish I am catching. I usually just palm the reel and leave the drag set to were I need it for casting.

    Just wanted to get some opinions on if I was missing out on something super sweet though.
    as always I sure appreciate the feedback, you all are a great resource.

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    There is a type of fly fishing called tenkara. i think it originated somewhere in Asia. This is were there is no reel and only fly line tied to the end of the rod.

    I have always wanted to go fishing small streams with no reel in the summer time. just as a ultra light tactic and for the fun.

    I really like the feeling of stripping in line as the fish pulls back and the line glides through your hand...until the reel catches it. The sound of a click and pawk reel is just as good. I am babaling...

    It all depends what kind of fishing you are doing. The qaulity of a reel is much less important that the way you present your fly. don't worry about the reel, just have fun with practicing your presintation.

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    Default Re: How important is a reel?

    Quote Originally Posted by greenfish4 View Post
    That is just about what I thought. The local store I buy my stuff at was trying to sell me a new reel, but it just didn't make sense why I would need for the size of fish I am catching. I usually just palm the reel and leave the drag set to were I need it for casting.
    It's amazing how 'simple' a reel (and inexpensive) a reel you need (the comment about a place to store your line is on the mark) almost 'regardless' of the size of a fresh water fish.

    Think about the millions and millions of Pflug. Medalists that have been sold over the past 50-60 years. Things, then and now, are just about bullet proof in their simplicity.

    Minor side bar: Read something a couple of days back that suggested these are now out of production???????

    Update: Maybe not; no reference to them on the Corporate Web site. http://www.pfluegerfishing.com/products/index.php
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    On a scale of 1-10, about a 2.

    I've caught lots of carp on a simple click and pawl reel. Even on my disc drag reels I often turn the drag down and prefer to palm the reel.

    For general trout fishing, I think anything over about $60 is a waste of money, but that's just me.

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    alright i'll play
    i look at buying a fly reel kinda like buying a watch. does one need an 800 dollar rolex to tell you the time of day? for the most part no.

    casey


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    To some a reel is just a thing to hold line.
    So if you get a cheap reel, make sure that it balances a rod. Swing weight baby.

    To some, the reel is part of your personality.
    Form and function.

    You want a Rolex, buy one, you want a Timex, buy one.

    But for stillwater fishing, one with a good smooth drag will be more benificial then one with no drag or a **** drag.
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

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