Fly-fishing-reels. Large arbor or conventional?
originally had only one purpose: to store the fishing-line.
Though having said that you don’t really need a reel unless the length you are casting is substantial then you will need somewhere to store your fishing-line. That place is on the fishing reel.
In third world countries the cost of a fly-fishing reel is prohibitive and the local fishermen simply cannot afford to buy them, but they still need some method of storing their line. The solution they have come up with is both simple and cheap. They drive a stake into the ground and wrap the line around it. When a fish bites and they need to let out more line it is a simple matter to unwind the line from around the stake. If there is a suitable rock nearby they may dispense with the stake altogether.
Of course we don't live in a third world country and can afford the sophisticated fly-fishing-reels that are now available. But even today reels are not as complex as they appear.
In terms of its construction a fishing reel is a fairly simple mechanical device which hasn’t altered a great deal since it was patented by Charles F. Orvis in 1874.
Originally, fly-fishing reels had no drag. They had a click/pawl mechanism instead, but with no drag it was very difficult to slow a large fish.
However, since 1874 things have improved with the development of better reels and drags which have made reeling in a large fish much easier.
Present-day reels tend to have disc-type drag systems. They also incorporate large arbors which amongst other things help the angler retrieve any slack line.
At one time multiplier fly-reels were common but the disadvantages and the cost outweighed the advantages and as a result their popularity waned.
Automatic fly-reels became popular in the 1960's but they tended to be heavy and their line capacity was limited, so they too fell out of favour.
There are many types of fishing-reels available, and no matter what type of fishing you are engaged in you should be able to find a suitable reel.
In this brief introduction to fly-fishing-reels there is not room to discuss them all in detail but you can find out more by following the links.
Choosing A Reel
Type of reel