Coletta Jung Fishing Reels April 04, 2018 21:20:28
Fly fishing reels or centrepin reels are mainly used for fly fishing. They traditionally are simple in mechanical design; little has changed from the patented designed by Charles F. Orvis in 1874. A fly reel is normally used by pulling line off the reel with one hand while casting the rod with the other hand. To slow a fish the angler applies hand pressure to the rim of the spool ("known as palming the rim"). Early fly reels had no drag but a click/pawl mechanism to keep the reel from overrunning when line is pulled from the spool. In recent years improvements have been made for better reels and drag for larger fish. Saltwater fly reels designed for use in an ocean environment are normally larger in diameter for a larger line and backing for long runs of big game ocean fish.
Fly fishing reels have been defined as both science and art. Of the three types of reels fly fishing reels are the most expensive. If you have already purchased an expensive fly rod you may be tempted to saving a few dollars when purchasing a fly reel. Technically you can buy a fly fishing reel for $15 - $1000. However if you purchase one for under $50 then your purchase will be basically worthless. Purchasing one between $150-$200 should last for life.