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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:52 am    Post subject: Fly reels Reply with quote

Is it really worth spending a lot of money on a fly reel when most of your fishing is stillwater.
All you really use the reel for is to hold your line as when I catch a fish I tend to hand pull the line in.
I am presently looking for a new reel and I would really like to buy a top notch all singing and dancing brand name.
Then I started to ask myself why and I think its just so I can show off with flash gear.
Come on people convince me why I need a really flash reel and why they are better than the cheaper ones.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy a top notch all singing all dancing machined barstock reel from our forum sponsors SKB for about half the price of some other well known brands. But to answer your question why pay lots of money for a branded product, well the answer is because some folk can and are very much badge aware Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can afford it, then.... though I'd rather have a selection of decent lines that could (potentially) as far as I'm concerned, at least make more options to catching fish rather than looking "bling" for the sake of it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well thanks for the replies and it looks like nobody is really on the side of the flash reels.
I recently bought a leeda profile reel, I have not used it yet but I can tell that it is rubbish so I just though sod it lets get something good.
I will look at the SKB reels, thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got two SKB cassette reels and both are extremely smooth running with good drags. You also get two extra polycarbonate spools which come in particularly useful if you mainly fish reservoirs and use more than one line. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are buying a Hardy rod it would be silly not to buy a Hardy reel to match.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:11 am    Post subject: Re: Fly reels Reply with quote

drybuzzer wrote:
Is it really worth spending a lot of money on a fly reel when most of your fishing is stillwater.
All you really use the reel for is to hold your line as when I catch a fish I tend to hand pull the line in.
I am presently looking for a new reel and I would really like to buy a top notch all singing and dancing brand name.
Then I started to ask myself why and I think its just so I can show off with flash gear.
Come on people convince me why I need a really flash reel and why they are better than the cheaper ones.


I recently bought myself a Lamson Waterworks reel. Not flash, but very well made, highly functional and a pleasure to use. I bought it partly because I wanted one, partly because I could afford it and partly because I had just spent most of May and part of June - more then a month - not fishing for me but guiding and helping others to fish and catch in some cases their first trout. I reckoned I could do with some small reward for my labours.

On a small stillwater the use of a reel is just for holding the line. The trout rarely run more than ten feet having been stocked only an hour or so before, but you hook up a big grown on reservoir rainbow and you'll soon appreciate the value to a decent reel with a good variable drag system.

You use what you want, drybuzzer, but don't criticise others for what they have or use. I defy anyone to stand ten feet away and say with total certainty that I am using a Lamson or a Loop reel, and I wouldn't give a toss if they did.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the style of the Aldi ads.

I like and have Orvis reels.

But I also like Okuma Airframes.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am another lover of Lamson reels. Now have three of them as well as an Orvis Battenkill. It is OK to say they just hold line but nice tackle has its own pleasure in owning. Also a really good drag is handy when fishing dries on Stillwater with light line. Drag on the Lamsons are superb.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was chatting with one of the guys in Orvis's Bath shop a year or so ago & he said that not only were several Orvis reels made by Lamson, but they were they only company (they knew of) that made every single part of their reels, right down to the screws, that most others bought from outside specialist co's
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aren't Orvis reels now made in China?

Mine are "Made in England" Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not according to the guy who has worked there for several years.....

The "Made in England" ones, used to be manufactured by BFR in Cornwall, in the old "Intrepid" works, but the factory shut down several years ago & production of those models went to Argentina
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might be the USA ones then?

Anyway, mine are from the UK Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What gets me about this sort of thread, and there is another similar one over in that "other place" only that one is about the cost of rods, is that the people who spark it off are basically saying, He's got a big, posh, rod, reel, car. It's not fair and it should be taken away from him." What they fail to add is the last part of the statement which is ..... "and given to me."
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm keeping an eye on this. Wink


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