Saturday, February 22, 2014
It pays to have a quality fly reel.
I went out on Thursday - mainly I was trying to fit some time in between Olympic hockey games. Too bad the US lost to Canada again - both men and women. It was probably a bit too cold for wading - at least water temperatures were almost too bitter. It was almost 70 degrees which made the frigid water a bit more bearable in shorts and portage shoes. I didn't feel like squeezing into the waders that used to fit me and have a leak in the crotch that I can't seem to fix - it's in a seam.
I landed several spotted bass on my Shucker pattern (currently listed on ebay -http://www.ebay.com/usr/riverwalker74). Out of five people, myself and only one other caught fish. Yes, it was a crummy creek. One that has a lot of spotted bass but so many folks walking the banks and wading that the fish are very skittish and hard to catch.
And yet, there I was with my new Trout II reel from Allen. It seems a tad large for my TFO 5 wgt. but balanced well. I have abstained from spending a lot of money on a rod or reel because I mainly lolligag on streams for bass and panfish. I don't make long treks for trout and don't pack a travel case with rods for a trip to Canada. I bought a TFO Signature Series II because all my 5 wgt. rods are medium/heavy action GLoomis rods. I decided to spend a few bucks on a quality reel. Why? 1. I have somehow ruined click and pawl reel drags. 2. I want to be able to send it back for repairs or buy an extra spool to switch out between sink and float lines. 3. Reels made from aluminum cores last longer (at least with my use). 4. The gears and drag are protected from sand and tiny pebbles. 5. Allen sent the reel to me with right hand retrieve as requested because there is no way I could do it. Now that I look at it, I would be afraid to even attempt it.
I have had Lamson, Scientific Anglers, Cortland, Shakespeare, White River and GLoomis reels. All of them do a good job but let's face it, reels aren't just for holding line. I just bought an 8 wgt. from Allen Fly Fishing (allenflyfishing.com) and want to match it with their Alhpa III which is a priced at $145. After thinking about how many times I will be using it compared to the many more times I wade with my 5 wgt., the Cabela's WR3 reel which matches perfectly in weight and color (only $30) will do just fine.
Sometimes, quality does matter - or maybe the right gear can make for a comfortable and enjoyable outing whether the fish are biting or not.