Product Spotlight:Fly Fishing ReelsA fly reel is the treasured jewel of perfection for most fly anglers. Deservingly so, as each and every one is like a work of art. Perfectly machined, amazing color designs, highest quality components, and lots of character as they have very intricate designs that will even entice fishermen that don’t even fly fish to pick them up in the store to admire their flawless perfection. There are hundreds of different fly reels out there, from low cost up to extremely high cost for the most avid fly fishermen. It’s important to look for a fly fishing reel that will both grab your attention as being the right one based on looks and feel, but also that will work flawlessly and get the job done. Important Qualities in Looking for the Perfect Fly Fishing ReelFly Reel Cost - Fly reels range in price from about $30 on up to over $1500. With the low end models being less durable, less dependable, and not as nicely made. The high end being perfectly balanced with quality, style, durability, and dependability. I don’t recommend spending less than $100 on a good fly reel. I would recommend setting a high end budget that won’t break the bank, and comparing the look, style, and features between them to make a decision on which fly reel is the best for you. You can typically find a great reel for between $250 and $400, and a great saltwater fly reel for $350 to $500. Fly Reel Material - Many fly reels are made from machined bar stock aluminum, which is made from a solid piece of aluminum and machine carved in the shape of the reel. This gives you that sculptured work of art that fly fishermen are looking for. It’s a work of absolute beauty. Cast aluminum reels are formed by pouring liquid metal into molds. These can work fine and last many years, but machined aluminum gives you the highest quality reels. If it’s in your price range, buy the machined aluminum reel. It’s worth it. Fly Reel Sounds - The best quality fly reels are uniquely quiet and pure smooth sounding. Fly fishing is a quiet experience, with the fisherman at one with nature, and you don’t want the extra noise to impact the experience. A high quality fly reel, as it is in motion on the reel, or on the letting out of the line, has a pleasing smooth sounding click. You don’t want a reel that is metallic or erratic sounding to interrupt the experience of peace and tranquility you are searching for out on the water. Fly Reel Drag System - An important feature of any fishing reel is the drag system. It is what allows you to fight a fish slowly, allowing the fish to take line of the reel as it runs when it puts up a big fight, so that the line does not break under the pressure of the fight. You want to coax them in slowly, tiring them out, until you can bring them in. Many reels use a disc drag system that consists of a number of self lubricating discs that create a varying level of friction as you tighten the drag knob. If you buy a high quality reel it will come with a high quality drag system. Fly Reel Arbor Size - The arbor size on a fly reel is a critical component in the decision making process. The arbor is what the line is attached to, and as it moves around it reels up the line. The larger diameter allows more line to be reeled in during one revolution of the arbor. The larger arbor size of today’s fly fishing reels allows the line to be reeled up much quicker. It’s still important to match the reel to the size rod you will be using, so a large arbor would not be necessary if you are trout fishing in a stream, but it would be a huge benefit on the saltwater reels for the faster retrieve and increased backing capacity.Fly Reel Size - Reel size should be balanced with the rod you are going to use, and the line weight, for the type of fish you will be targeting. NuCast Synergy 2 Fly Fishing Reel Colors: Green, Green & Gold, Platinum & BlackSizes: 3/4 - 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10•CNC Machined cold forged 7003 Aircraft Aluminum frame and spool•High strength Anti-corrosion oxidation process•Stainless steel components•Mid Arbor is ultra efficient in retrieving line quickly•One way clutch bearing•Ultra smooth sealed compression carbon fiber disc drag system•Consistent control and breaking power•Easily interchangeable right to left hand retrieve•Quick release button (easy on and off)•Lightweight design for hours of enjoyment•Perfect combination of Looks and Performance•Padded Neoprene Storage bagNuCast Max Fly Fishing ReelColors: Copper, Matte BlackSizes: 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10•A Dual Carbon Fiber Drag System for smooth & consistent drag pressure•The drag system is completely sealed for use in fresh and saltwater•A large arbor design for quick line retrieval•High strength aerospace grade aluminum that is anodized for an attractive and scratch resistant finish•Advanced CNC manufacturing process to maintain tight tolerances•Easily interchangeable left to right hand retrieve•Additional spools are available•Lightweight design•Padded Neoprene Storage bagDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. 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