Fly fishing is the oldest and probably the most beautiful form of fishing on our planet? Fly fishing is usually done by using fly fishing tackle such as fly rods and fly reels, or by using a fly rods alone. And although the importance of fly reels has been debated over the years, it is worth saying that fly reels contribute a great deal to the cast and to playing the fish.

There are two kinds of fly reels which you can purchase. The first one is a freshwater fly reel and the second is a saltwater fly reel. Freshwater reels tend to be cheaper than saltwater reels mainly because they are designed for catching smaller fish and for this reason they are made out of much cheaper materials. Saltwater fly reels on the other hand are designed in mind with the fact that most salt water fish species are strong and heavy and put up a much bigger fight compared to freshwater fish. This means that saltwater fly fishing gear needs to be much stronger. For this reason saltwater gear is made out of only the strongest yet still light materials available.

If it is saltwater fishing which you are planning to do then you should not cut corners when it comes to fly fishing tackle as the cheaper one may not be the one which will do the job for you.

As regards to functionality, fly fishing reels can be either single action, multiplying or automated. As you may have already guessed, single action, also known as manual reels, are generally quite basic and simple to use, nevertheless they are widely used by professional fly anglers.  The spool in such reel turns with each rotation of the handle, no more, no less. They are usually considerably lighter in weight when compared to other reels mainly because they are much simpler in design and have less of moving parts which also means that they are considerably less likely to break especially compared to automated reels. The line capacity is also much greater and the drag is usually quite good. It is a great gear to use for fly fishing.

Multiplying fly reels, also referred to as semi-automated fly fishing gear, slightly differ to single action fly fishing tackle. The spool in such reels turns up to three times with each rotation of the handle which delivers a faster retrieve of the line and consequently the fish.

Automated reel is really self-explanatory i.e. you press a button and it does the job for you. But I have to say that automated fly fishing gear really take the fun away from fly fishing. More often than not, such fishing tackle would lack good line capacity and be quite heavy due to all the extra bits and bobs. Also, most automatics would not be the best choice for saltwater fishing mainly because of luck of control over retrieve and any reasonably large fish may quickly win the fight to such reel.

No fly fishing tackle would do the job without a good quality fly rod. Fly rods vary in size, composition and material from which they are made out of.  But this is the subject for another time.

So now you know all about fly fishing reels, let’s talk about where you can get one. Well, if you have already decided on which fly reel you want you can always try Angling Direct fly fishing tackle store.

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