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    Hi everyone, I was selecting a fly reel. I've red tons of reviews, comparisons and stuff, so I was looking at 2 options at the moment. I wanted something not too expensive, yet I need the reel that will last for some time and that won't irritate me with being too stiff, you know. My budget is $100 with shipping at MAX. These are the 2 that I believe are good based on my observations: Wright & McGill Dragon Fly Reel WMEDFSLA56 and Okuma® - SLV Fly Reel. I am not looking for something really professional and too expensive, just for a quality thing that will do its job, ya know. Anyways, please educate me on reels. Any recommendations from your experience are appreciated!

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    check for cheap second hand ones. lots of people try fly fishing, go once and decide its not for them.

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    I'm not sure if these are available in the US but you could do a lot worse than looking at the Grey's stable of fly reels.

    They are solid, with a good drag system, and last a long time, and many of their models are within your price
    range.


    I've had and used one for the last 6 years in which time it has been "used and abused" a fair bit.
    Last edited by Peter Jacobs; 14-08-2018 at 13:34.

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    You've not said what wt your after or application, it would help.

    Presuming your after a reel for trout for dry fly or nymphing then you don't need a disc drag, IMHO a trout sized fly reel is pretty much a line holder. I'm a big fan of click pawl reels as they're lighter than disc drag reels and have less moving parts to go wrong. I like the Orvis Battenkill range of reels as they're light, robust, and have classic styling. The battenkills are a hint on the small side so I tend to size up, I use a II on a 3/4 weight and a III on a 5 weight.

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    Thanks for commenting on reels, folks. I was looking for a reel for trout fishing. I realize, that this is not a must-have thing, yet it's more convenient to fish with a rail.
    I'm not sure if these are available in the US but you could do a lot worse than looking at the Grey's stable of fly reels. They are solid, with a good drag system, and last a long time, and many of their models are within your price range. I've had and used one for the last 6 years in which time it has been "used and abused" a fair bit.
    Thanks for the recommendation, I will check it out, man.

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    I'm using a croch fly fishing reel. there are cheaper ones but I feel comfortable using this reel.
    Last edited by billfish3r; 06-02-2020 at 20:02.

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    I wonder what Jeff means by fly fishing first. For both carp/predators fishing (streamers etc) I have a Redington Surge 8/9 which is simple and reliable. The Surge can be found in the US for $80.
    On my trout rod a semi-automatic Vivarelli is superb but the price might be an issue (to check in US).

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