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Newbie in fly fishing, selecting a reel

RagsdaleRagsdale Posts: 4 Greenhorn
Hi everyone, 
I've already had a chance to try fly fishing with my friends, but I've never had my own gear. I used something I rented or something I was given. Now, I am preparing my own stuff, as I feel fly fishing is something I really enjoy. 
Anyways, I got a rod as a present already, and I was thinking of a nice reel. I know, there are so many of them, but I thought I can start with something not too expensive, within $100. That's the budget I've got for the reel at the moment. So I decided to ask you, folks, what reels can you recommend within my budget? 


  • RagsdaleRagsdale Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    Here are the 2 I found okay based on the online reviews:
    Wright and McGill https://www.recreationid.com/wright-mcgill/wright-and-mcgill-dragon-fly-reel-526302185.html
    Okuma - https://www.okumafishing.com/en/product/SLV-Fly-Reel/slv-fly-reel.html
    But I've never tried any of these 2 and wanted to ask you please comment on the reels for me.
    Appreciate your help!
  • idlerickidlerick Littleton, Colorado & Sarasota, FlaPosts: 242 Deckhand
    What are you fishing for? Fresh or salt? What weight/length rod did you get?
    There s a very high markup on fly reels. In the 50% range on many makes. Once you decide on a reel or reels, try EBay or For Sale forums and look for a used one in good shape. Or Sierra Trading Post always has some good deals on new ones.
    Both Okuma and W-McG make good products. I don't own either, but I'd lean towards the Wright just for its disc drag. The roller-bearing types aren't sealed and are prone to get erratic when they're dirty.
    Line selection will be more important than reel, and could even cost more. Don't scrimp there.
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Posts: 2,422 Captain

     The mark up is actually very low, significantly lower than spinning/conventional reels. And while in this day and age it's almost impossible to buy a bad reel, you're very likely to get one from the two brands you listed. Buy a used reel from a reputable brand. Reddington, Cortland, and scientific angler, all make reels that won't cost you much.
  • GLFIshGLFIsh Atlanta, GAPosts: 11 Greenhorn
    The selection of your reels will depend largely on two things; the type of fish you are pursuing and your budget. Less expensive reels are fine for speckled trout or flounder - and maybe smaller bonefish and redfish. But if you have hopes of pursuing tarpon, you'll need to spend quite a bit more. A big tarpon (over 100 lbs) puts a lot of pressure on a reel, so I would look at Hatch or Tibor for the silver kings.
  • idlerickidlerick Littleton, Colorado & Sarasota, FlaPosts: 242 Deckhand
    Agree. Get one of those nice $100 Tibors or Abels. And shoot me the address of the place selling them. 

  • Net 30Net 30 Posts: 1,050 Officer
    Take a look at Allen Reels.  Probably the best bang for the buck.  

    Another decent low end reel is Temple Fork Outfitters.
  • greenie-slayergreenie-slayer Posts: 850 Officer
    Check ebay. You can generally find some great prices on reels not named Hatch, tibor, Nautilus or abel. On ebay look for sage, redington, and orvis reels. All of them make reels under 100$ and you can find some better used models for under $100. They won't be nearly as good at the a Hatch but I used a $60 redington for 8 years and never really had an issue with it other than it doesn't look as nice as my nautilus.
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