Fly fishing reels are an essential part of any fly fishing set-up, providing the angler with the ability to store and retrieve line while casting and fighting a fish. Fly reels are designed to be lightweight, allowing them to be easily manipulated without adding too much weight to the rod.
They also provide a way for the angler to control the release of line during a cast, allowing for accurate and efficient presentation.
Fly reels consist of a spool or drum which is attached to a handle that is used to rotate the spool. The line is wound around the spool either manually or with a special winding tool known as a reel winder.
The handle is connected to a series of gears, which when turned will rotate the spool in order to take up or loosen line from it.
The drag system on a fly reel is used when playing fish in order to prevent them from taking too much line from your reel. It works by applying pressure against the rotation of the spool, thus slowing it down and preventing too much line from being stripped off when fighting larger fish. Drag systems can range from simple click-and-pawl designs which rely on friction between two metal plates, all the way up to more complex disc drag systems which use precision machined components.
When casting with a fly reel, anglers will use their hands and fingers on the handle in order to control how much line they are releasing at any given time. This allows them to accurately present their flies at various distances without creating tangles with their line or overloading their rod.
Fly fishing reels are an integral part of any angler’s equipment set-up, providing them with both storage and control over their line during casting and fight sequences. Reels consist of a spool attached to a handle that rotates through gears in order for it take up or loosen line from it; additionally these reels also feature drag systems which prevent large amounts of line being taken off when playing fish. When casting an angler can use their hands on the handle in order to accurately release and present their flies at varying distances without tangling or overloading their rod.