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AllanM83February 11th, 2019, 9:35 am
Austin, TX

Posts: 3
Hi everyone,
I've been reading your folks forum for quite a while, but only now I feel I am ready get serious about fly fishing. Before, I used to go with my friends and used stuff I was given or something I rented. Now, I've got a rod by Fierce, and I need to find a nice reel for it. When I was researching the topic, these 2 seemed to be okay (based on the youtube and Amazon reviews):
Wright and McGill - https://www.amazon.com/Wright-McGill-667593-Dragon-WMEDFSLA56/dp/B004QHHB5K
Okuma - https://www.recreationid.com/okuma/okuma-slv-fly-reel-501265324.html
Now, before I go and buy one, I wanted to ask you please say, what do you think of these 2 and which one would be a better one for a newbie like I am?
Thanks!
AllanM83February 11th, 2019, 9:35 am
Austin, TX

Posts: 3
ALso, forgot to mention, I am open to the alternatives, my budget is $100. Thank you!
RleePFebruary 11th, 2019, 10:05 am
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 372
Between the two, I'd probably go with the Okuma. They're pretty durable and reliable.

Before you pull the trigger though, I'd take a look at the LL Bean Quest (comes in 3 sizes, pick the one that matches the line weight of your rod) and the LL Bean Pocket Water (only comes in one size for 5 weight lines and smaller). Both are currently on deep discount sale and well within your budget. More importantly, Beans has excellent customer service and stands behind their products. I've had a lot of their merchandise from rods to reels to waders and have never been disappointed.

Just a thought..
MartinlfFebruary 11th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2885
I trust Lee's judgment and were I in the market for a reel, I'd take a good look at the LL Bean products. I'm using their waders now, having switched from Simms. (The Bean waders are roomier, easier to get on and off, and my experiences with their customer service is the same as Lee's.) I currently fish an Okuma Sierra for small streams on my lighter rods, and a Lamson Radius for bigger streams and rods. Neither reel is state of the art, but they work for me. I've had the Okuma reel about fifteen years. If you want some more options, you might check Sierra Trading post. They sometimes have good reels discounted. That's where I got my Lamsons, many years ago.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
IasgairFebruary 11th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Colorado

Posts: 148
I have seen the Wright & McGill Dragon. Looks really nice for that price, but looks aint everything. As for it's performance, I have no clue.

Okuma has proven to be a good quality reel. And for $100 budget, you'll do fine with an Okuma.

I can't say personally about what the others say about LL Bean products, but from what I have heard, Martin and Lee are saying what others are saying. I have not heard one bad opinion about LL Bean. And I have heard a lot.
JawyellowbaFebruary 12th, 2019, 12:57 am
Posts: 6
I have seen the Wright & McGill Dragon. Looks really nice for that price, but looks aint everything. As for it's performance, I have no clue.

Okuma has proven to be a good quality reel. And for $100 budget, you'll do fine with an Okuma.

I can't say personally about what the others say about LL Bean products, but from what I have heard, Martin and Lee are saying what others are saying. I have not heard one bad opinion about LL Bean. And I have heard a lot.

It'll work, but I'd rather just spend the extra 10-15 bucks and get the Penn Battle.

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AllanM83February 12th, 2019, 1:02 am
Austin, TX

Posts: 3
It'll work, but I'd rather just spend the extra 10-15 bucks and get the Penn Battle.


I trust Lee's judgment and were I in the market for a reel, I'd take a good look at the LL Bean products.


Thanks for mentioning them, man, I'll see what they've got. If no, I'll pick the reel by Okume then. I appreciate your help and am glad, that I posted my question here.
Cheers!
PassivetuneFebruary 17th, 2019, 11:25 pm
Posts: 1A closed face reel could solve your problem I have Daiwa BG Spinning Reels
RogueratFebruary 18th, 2019, 7:49 am
Posts: 443
late to the party but for what its worth,

I've been really impressed with the Lamson Liquid reels on my switch rods, the 3.5 was $99.00 for my Redington Dually 4 wt and the 4.0 was $ 129.00 for my Cabela's LSi 7 wt so at (or above) the top of your price point but these reels have some pedigree behind them.
I know the drag isn't needed all that much on trout-sized reels but the Lamsons have a well-deserved reputation for GOOD drag systems if its ever crucial...tying into something you weren't planning on.

just my $.02....

Spring Fever in full swing here, counting the days to The Opener!

Roguerat

'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
WbranchFebruary 18th, 2019, 3:28 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2483
Hello Passive,

A closed face reel could solve your problem I have Daiwa BG Spinning Reels


Normally a fly fisherman wouldn't be putting a closed face spinning reel on a fly rod. If he did then it really won't be fly fishing in the sense where you use the weight of the tapered fly line to propel you weightless fly to some spot you want to place it on the river.

I'm not saying I haven't seen a closed face spin reel on a fly rod because I have seen some guys fish worms, minnows, and grubs on a long fly rod and a spin reel. But this web site is pretty much dedicated to fly fishing with a fly rod, fly reel, a fly line, and flies. But you are more than welcome to stay and chat with us if you want to learn something about fly fishing or aquatic insects.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfFebruary 20th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2885
Matt, that's an unusually kind response to a clueless comment. Cake for breakfast? Or perhaps you were being ironic.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchFebruary 21st, 2019, 3:27 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2483
Hello Louis,

Matt, that's an unusually kind response to a clueless comment.


Well I'm practicing to be a moderator! No just kidding. I wanted to show my kind and gentle side to all you guys who consider me just one step removed from a Neanderthal regarding tactful comments.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123February 21st, 2019, 8:04 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2368
"I wanted to show my kind and gentle side to all you guys who consider me just one step removed from a Neanderthal regarding tactful comments."

This is not what I think of you at all, Matt. I just know for a fact you don't suffer fools gladly. Neither do I!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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