Fly Fishing Reels
After you have picked out your fly rod, you'll need a new fly fishing reel. This section will teach you more about the various types of reels that can be used to complete your fly fishing equipment.
TYPES OF FLY REELS
When using fly fishing reels, the line is usually stripped off and wrapped around one's fingers in order to cast the rod while holding it. You can also manipulate the line with one's dominant hand while casting the rod. As the line's energy level increases, it begins to pull out in small increments.
EARLY FLY REELS
During the early days of fly fishing, the reels did not have a brake that prevents the fish from swimming away. Instead, one had to apply pressure to the revolving spool's rim in order to slow the fish. Today's models have more sophisticated drag systems that feature high resistance to high temperatures and increased adjustment range.
Non-sealed or sealed drag systems are commonly used on saltwater fly reels. These systems prevent salt and sand from getting into the body of the machine, but they limit the options of the materials that can be used. Open drag systems, on the other hand, are easy to break down and can be rinsed to keep the reels clean.
AUTOMATIC FLY REELS
Check the instructions for your model to see if it is reversible. Most fly reels are set up with the right hand to retrieve the line. The drag system and the line guard will be set according to the manufacturer's instructions. If conversion is possible, you will need a small screwdriver to install the new components.
Before you start using a fly fishing rod, it's important to decide which hand you will use to retrieve the line. Traditionally, the method of fishing has been to crank the reels using the dominant hand while casting. However, this method can be risky since it requires changing the fly rod from one hand to another. Using both hands to cast and operate the rod can provide you with more advantages.
I believe that it is better to crank a fly rod with your free hand rather than with the right or left hand.
After you have set up the fly reels for your preferred hand, attach them to the seat of the rod's butt section. Make sure that the fly is hanging below the surface of the rod. Also, make sure that the handle is pointing toward the correct side.