For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Monday, January 13, 2014
The Large Arbors for the Small Stream
Large arbor fly reels have always been associated with fishing larger rivers. They serve the angler well when he has targeted big, strong hard fighting fish. I have also found them to be some of the best for small streams, when they are scaled down to fit the stream. The large arbor reel holds the line in a relaxed state so when it's stripped from the reel the line does not retain that spring like effect, I find this is especially helpful in cold weather. I also find that they balance much better on the rod in comparison to conventional fly reels. These are a few of the large arbor reels I now use.
This is the Ross Fly Rise LA reel. It's a reel I have used many times and have never experienced any problems. It weighs 4.4 ounces and balances well on several of my 6 foot rods.
This is the Redington Drift LA. This is also a very reliable reel and at 3.5 ounces it's the lightest of all of my LA reels. This reel balances perfectly on my Cabela's TQR 5ft 2wt rod.
This is the Orvis Battenkill LA. This is my first purchase of a LA reel. I have been using this reel for years and it has never failed. It comes in at 3.9 ounces and balances very well on 6 and 7 foot rods.
These reels with the exception of the Orvis were under 100.00 dollars, and by today's standard that's a pretty good deal.