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yakwithalan
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2014 Reel Shootout: Overview
While researching different fly reels trying to help @dougjohnson pick out one for the November Fishing community giveaway, I came across this awesome post about the best fly reels of 2014, so I thought I would share it with you. This is the overview chart they put together about the 25 reels they tested. Each category means something different. ------------------------------------------------------------------- :Overall Weight (as weighed by Yellowstone Anglers) :Overall Diameter in Inches (how wide the reel is from one side of the frame to the other) :Arbor Size in Inches (how many inches wide it is from where the backing hits the spool to the other side where the backing hits the spool) :Spool Width in Inches (The optimal size seemed to be somewhere between 1 to 1.5 inches. ) :Backing Capaity (20 lb. Micron with a WF-8-F line) :Maximum Drag Strength in Pounds :Country of Origin (Why does this one matter? Because reel manufacturers in the US must pay the first 10% of sales the US government to help with fish restoration and management, and that saves our fisheries.) ------------------------------------------------------------------ They went much further in this investigation; here are the other two charts which you can find here (http://www.vingle.net/posts/604625-2014-YellowStone-Angler-Fly-Reel-Final-Results). Hope this helps some of you all get your eyes on a reel you might want. These are all on the higher end of the price range, though, so I will have to see if I can dig up some info about some cheaper, awesome fly rods! ------------------------------------------------------------------ For the full details of the Yellowstone Angler experiments, check out their post: http://www.yellowstoneangler.com/gear-review/2014-8weight-reel-shootout-nautilusnv-einarsson-galvan-tiboreverglades-hatch-ross-orvis-tfo375-tfobvk-hardy-danielsson-islander-abel-cheeky-loop-bauer-sage-lamsonreels
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Big appreciation for them giving the country it was made it....it's great to support US waters and companies by buying American
@mcgraffy Indeed!!! Good to know that people are still recognizing that buying American isn't just about supporting our economy but actually about saving our waters, too.
@mcgraffy @dougjohnson Agreed. I'm fine with buying foreign, too, but make sure to support our waters in some way.
@yakwithalan @mcgraffy Great point. If you're going to buy foreign, that's cool, but make sure to find another way to help out in small ways here!