I am thinking of buying a 12 Wt fly reel, and the Billy pate runs $565 or so, but so does reels like the Galvan or even more for others. So is there any downside to a anti reverse fly reel like the Pate? From a distance it would seem you get more reel for your money??
The anti-reverse sounds really cool on paper, however in real life they are pretty well worthless.
My biggest complaint is you can't stay in touch, with your hooked fish. As you are reeling in, or think your reeling in the fish, the fish is actually pulling out line, go with a direct reel and be on your game....anti-reverse is a joke
Anti-reverse reels make up less then 1% of the market share and for the most part have a lot less resale value.
If you like the Pate (and they were the standard for many, many years) just go to E-Bay and enter "Billy Pate reel". You'll always find one or two Tarpon model direct drive reels for sale there - and they'll be a lot less money than a new one (they're also darned near indestructible....).
The one you won't see is the one I own- my son can have it one of these days when I no longer have use for it (or anything else).
For brand new and state of the art buy Nautilus, for old, relieable and pretty much bullet-proof the Billy Pate...
As soon as they hook up they tend to just "hang on" instead of retrieving line and pressuring the fish, and they get lock jaw besides.
Usually the best spot is a twisty channel that a strong outgoing abruptly shortcuts across too-shallow flats in several places, which is not so easy to navigate by Q beam as sunlight. They get the rod with the Gulfstream, and the one with the Nautilus remains out of sight. Then, too long a period of silence will result in some encouragement (or questions) from me.
One of the biggest aspects for me of fly fishing or just fishing for that matter is the grab, then that first pull, then it's that screaming reel and the line cutting through the water and anticipating those jumps......If somebody took any part of that away....it would lessen the rush, I love a screaming reel.
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I fish for Billfish for 30 days straight every year. I wouldn't own a AR reel, and I don't know of anybody who has ever fished for Billfish twice that owns one. Perhaps some new guy might show up once in a while with one.
Maybe a good tool for your wife, or a little kid, so they don't get there knuckles busted...not the tool for serious fly guys...just my 2 cents