A Guide to Fly Fishing Reels
For many anglers, the feeling you get when you're out on the water, breathing in fresh air, and casting a fly reel can be magical. To make sure you're not only enjoying yourself but also finding success, you'll want to have the right fishing reel. eBay has a wide variety of new and used fly reels.What type of drag system do fly fishing reels have?
There are two main systems that you'll see on fly reels for sale. Disc systems are most commonly found on reels, but click and pawl systems are still available. Advantages of each type are listed below:
- Click and pawl systems: These have a simple operation, so some traditionalists prefer to use this style. Their simplicity also means that there's little that could go wrong. Some of these systems can be adjustable.
- Disc systems: This style of drag has a smooth start, and there's usually a drag knob on the reel that you can use to make adjustments. In some situations, fishermen feel this smoother operation can help keep the fish on the line. With a sealed drum disc drag as opposed to a draw bar disc drag, you'll have more protection against saltwater penetration.
Yes. eBay fly fishing reels have generally been made in one of three ways:
- Die cast: Some of the cheaper fly fishing reels are often die-cast ones. New and used fly fishing reels that have been die cast are light and good for beginners to use.
- Stamped metal: These types of reels are going to be heavy and relatively durable. A used fly reel made out of stamped metal is likely to be affordable.
- Machined: During the machining process, these high-quality reels can be made to be very durable. Since they can be anodized, they can be used in saltwater and silty water.
The arbor is the center of the spool, and there could be arbors of different sizes. Small-arbor reels have the advantage of being light. They're commonly paired with smaller rods when you're looking for relatively smaller fish. Large-arbor reels can reduce line memory and allow the line to be straighter while in the water. This larger size also translates into a more consistent drag since the spool diameter isn't changing as much when the fish pull out the line. In addition, large-arbor reels can let you retrieve more line with a single crank. This, in turn, allows you to be more efficient at picking up slack line and keeping consistent tension on the line.