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Troutman

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Hey all, getting ready to purchase a new trout reel and was looking for some suggestions.  What are the features that are most important to you on a fly reel?  I have been looking hard at the Hardy line up.  The Ultra-lite series reels seem to be taking the market by storm.  Another great series are the Sage family of fly reels.  They seem to have a few new one for this season. Hoping to hear from Alaska Chuck and AKtroutman on this and the other main contributors to this great new forum...thank you 
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Troutman, some of the things I look for when I buy a new trout reel is a large arbor reel, ideally CNC made from T6061 aluminum, a quality drag either cork or carbon fiber, a good seal on the drag system and porting for light weight performance.  Some of the best out there include, Hatch, Lamson, Sage and Nautilus.  One of the oldest and reputable reel companies is Hardy.  Another good option for drags is Delrin or Rulon drag systems.  Remember, with modern drags, it is advisable not to et into the habit of dropping your reel in the water as unlike fly reels of yesteryear which were click and pawl, your drag is only protected by a seal which if water blows by the seal will saturate your drag.  Nautilus reels especially the CCFs and NVs have the most water proof drags out there
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Drag is the most important thing to me on a fly reel.  I trust my drag bigtime and it is a nice feeling when you have a slob fish on.   As you know Im a solitude guy.  I love the silence of the drag.  No noise.  There are quite a few great reels out there.  I ust happen to get into Solitudes a few years ago and have never looked back.   I fish with guys who use just about every type of reel out there.   Nothing is bullet proof but some are a lot better than others.   When your spending 3-5 Bills on a Reel your getting into good reels for the most part no matter who is building them.   Reels are like woman.  What is good for 1 man.   Another cant stand.  Haha
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