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#1 2019-05-08 17:57:36

From: 2 miles inland from West Wales
Registered: 2019-05-01
Posts: 63

Choosing a reel for specific species or type of fishing

Fly reels can be split into two different categories, either disc drag or spring pawl drag.

Disc drag reels have a fine-tuned drag system, that is capable of stopping the proverbial train. These reels are used when big, strong fish are the quarry typically salmon and saltwater species. This system uses compressed washers made of various materials to create friction between the washers and against the spool in order to apply tension on the line.

Here’s how it looks in practice:

You hook a fish, the fish runs. As soon as the fish starts pulling line off the spool, the pressure of the drag washers against the spool provides the necessary resistance to fight the fish.

Spring pawl reels are a little less sophisticated but still provide adequate drag. They are more commonly used for trout fishing.
The spring-loaded "pawl" on the inside of the reel frame engages a small "toothed" wheel on the center of the spool. As the pawl on the frame ratchets against the teeth on the spool, the tension on the spring provides resistance to the spool as it turns to release line.

When buying a reel for sea trout, salmon and seawater use and all migratory and therefore fit fish, choose one that has plenty of line capacity to cope with huge fish, strong rivers and the large line sizes (AFTM 10-12) used for casting heavy tube flies etc.

For still water trout fishing, you may need to change line densities several times during the day to stay in touch with fish. Carrying such a stock of lines isn't cheap, so cost comes into the equation, which is why reels with a cartridge spare spool system are ideal, as they come complete with spare spools that can also be easily acquired. This means that one reel and several spare spools make it easy to cover varying situations quickly and easily.

For river work, small, light reels are fine but always look for a well-engineered reel ideally with a disc drag check. Why a disc-drag when pursuing such small fish?

It is possible the reel will get submerged during the course of a day's fishing and with wet line going constantly on and off the reel, water is inevitably going to get inside. Wet reel mechanisms result in reduced drag capabilities, so choose the best you can afford.

For saltwater fishing, you must use a non-corrosive reel which offers masses of line carrying capacity and the guts to stop a big powerful fish charging for freedom.

What is a centerpin Fly Fishing Reel?
About centerpin reels, a peculiar style of reel that looks like a fly reel, but because of its design and intended use, it isn’t a fly reel at all.

Yes, centerpin reels look like fly reels, but here are a few reasons why they’re in a class of their own:

#1 Centerpin reels are used with thin monofilament line; not fly line.
#2 Centerpin reels are cast more like a spinning reel or bait-caster reels that rely on terminal weight to deliver the offering.
#3 Centerpin reels are used primarily for float fishing, i. e. fishing with various baits, under a float mainly for coarse fish but also for species like salmon, trout, and grayling.
#4 Centerpin reels are usually fished on long rods, in the 12 to 15-foot range, giving anglers better line control at longer distances.
And here’s the real kicker . . .

Centerpin reels have no drag. With spools that spins freely, anglers can achieve extremely long drag-free drifts as the line can be pulled from the spool by the tug of the current with minimal resistance. This is called "Trotting". To fight and land fish on a centerpin reel, anglers have no choice but to palm the reel and control drag using a forefinger rubbing against the reel's rim. Without a drag to prevent line overruns, casting a centerpin reel requires care and attention to what you are doing.
So there you have it center pin reels are effective fishing tools but are not technically fly fishing reels.


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