Fly-fishing-reel. Which Type Do You Need?

Type of Reel

Not every fly-fishing-reel operates in exactly the same way. There are several types of mechanism.

The main ones are:- simple winding reel, multiplier reel and automatic reel. Each type of mechanism have their advantages and disadvantages. The winding reel is the simplest and has the fewest moving parts. As a result it is very reliable and easier to maintain. It's main disadvantage is that it is difficult to wind in the line quickly enough when a fish bites.

Multiplying reels use a gear mechanism that cause the spool to rotate 1½ to 2½ times per turn. This allows the angler to wind in the line more quickly and helps reduce the number of lost fish. The downside is it requires more care and attention than the single action reels.

Automatic reels have one big advantage over their rivals and that is the speed that they can retrieve the line. However, they have to be handled carefully as they are easily damaged if dropped and they require regular cleaning and oiling. They are also heavier than other types of reels and are therefore not suitable for rods below 8 feet in length. On longer rods, those 10ft and above, the extra weight is an advantage as it improves the balance of the rod making it less tiring for the angler.

To sum up if you are the type of angler who is meticulous in maintaining and cleaning his equipment and wants to reel in the fish as quickly and effortlessly as possible then an automatic is the reel for you. If not then stick to a single action reel or a multiplier.

When you have decided on the make and model of fly-fishing-reel don’t just buy one, buy two then you can easily swap spools containing different lines. Over time you will amass a large selection of lines. Having only one type of reel that accommodates several spools will in the long term save you a wad of cash and a great deal of frustration. Back to fly-fishing-reels