Fly Fishing-Trout Reel

by Fly Fisherman

Most standard trout reels are large enough to hold only the fly line, with no room for backing. These small reels are good enough for most trout fishing but where the angler may tie into a long-running fish or a heavy fish in heavy water, he can be a very busy man chasing the trout along the stream to prevent it taking all his line and snapping it at the reel core or straightening the hook of the fly. For this reason, if the prospective buyer expects to find such fish, he will be well advised to purchase a slightly larger reel-of which there are many on the market-with capacity for 15o feet of 12-pound test nylon squidding line backing, as well as the fly line.

Thus, the automatic reels are suitable for average trout and for all the bass and pan fish, but they do not have sufficient capacity for use on long runners. And in the salt there would also be the danger of the mechanism rusting and freezing.
For salmon and steelhead, both long-running fish, and for the salt water species, where again the fish are long-distance racers, the reel should be large enough to take the big fly lines, plus 2oo yards or more of 14-pound test nylon squidding line backing.

Whatever the choice, a good, dependable drag is important, even with fish that do not run, because sooner or later every fisherman yanks line from the reel, for one reason or another- and the spool overspins and he winds up with a tangle that tests his temper.
Like rods, reels require very minor care to keep them in good order. If used in salt water, the reel should be wiped with a cloth which has been dampened in fresh water, and occasionally every reel should be taken apart and the inner parts checked and greased or oiled as necessary.
Aside from a little protection against bumps and falls while being carried, this is all the care necessary for most fly reels.

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