The main key point in choosing a fly reel is to choose one that can hold the required amount of backing and fly line for the weight of the rod you are fishing with. If you purchased a 5 weight fly rod, be sure to choose a fly reel that fits fly line weights from 4 to 6.Most anglers hold the rod with their dominant hand and the reel with their free hand. Therefore, if you are right handed, your reel should hang under the rod with the handle on the left side, the line coming out of the bottom of the reel and the drag is activated when the reel rotates clockwise and vice versa for left-handed people. Most modern reels can be converted into left or right hand retrievals.
Size is the most important consideration when choosing a fly reel. The main reason is that the fly reel must be the right size to hold the type of fly line you intend to use, plus some of that braided backing material. You also need to balance the rod. While there is a lot to think about when choosing a fly reel, don't get stuck in the minutiae.
However, as it heats up and flies begin to hatch, you may need to switch to a floating line to be able to fish them by feeding on the surface. In the first three installments of fly fishing 101, I covered the importance of developing a relationship with your fly shop, choosing your first fishing rod, and buying a reel. In the first two installments of Fly Fishing 101, I covered the importance of developing a relationship with your fly shop and choosing your first fishing rod. They are designed to work in one direction only, but most models can be converted to rotate in the opposite direction by separating them and flipping some washers inside.
In last week's article, I explained that the rod you choose should be suitable for the fishery you're likely to spend the most time enjoying. Whenever you choose a reel that is designed to work with the weight of your rod line, that offers enough line capacity to hold enough backing to tame your quarry, and balances your rod in a way that suits you, you're good to go. Choosing a fly rod that is perfect for the Mono Rig and the euro nymphing starts with knowing your goals.