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LalaleezaOctober 18th, 2015, 10:23 pm

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So I was given an nxt series I reel and I have a pole so I bought the backing and the line and the leader. I spooled it all but I have never fly fished so when I spooled it, I am realizing that it isn't like a conventional reel. It goes both directions. Is it supposed to do that?!! Don't laugh, I apparently am going to need help. Lol
TaxonOctober 18th, 2015, 11:08 pm
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Plano, TX

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Hi Lisa-

Welcome to the forum. Yes, flyfishing reels are designed to go both directions. This allows a fish can take out line, and you to reel in line. There is probably a drag adjustment on your reel. It applies tension to slow a running fish from stripping line off the reel.
Roger Rohrbeck
WbranchOctober 20th, 2015, 3:23 am
York & Starlight PA

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Relevant to what Roger mentioned if you tighten the drag knob (assuming it is a modern reel with a disc drag) the line will come off the spool with more resistance compared to when you retrieve the line. The line winds onto the spool much easier than when going out. This will tire a fish and also prevent the spool from "overrunning" and causing a backlash.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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