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Choosing a reel is specific to the fly rod you intend to use. You need to know the model and length of the fly fishing rod in order to identify a balanced system. Let us guide you through the process so you can fly fish with the best possible set up. Stop by the shop at 307 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte, CO 81224 or call (800) 491-3079 our qualified team of experts to get started.

Reels are another vital tool for fly fishing. Although not as important as your fly rod, it is guaranteed at some point in your life you will praise your drag system, or curse your drag system.
- Drag System - This is the primary decision to make when selecting a reel. What caliber drag system do I need? A cheep reel is going to provide a cheep drag system that will work fine the majority of the time. It is those times that it locks up or releases that you will wish you had invested in a better reel.
- Arbor - The arbor of the reel is where the backing and line spools onto while you reel. The arbor has been in the spotlight the last few years with the advances in technology for saltwater. A larger arbor spools line more quickly due to the simple physics of the reel. This is extremely useful when reeling in a huge tarpon. When talking about trout, the large arbor is still useful, but it is by no means vital. Some newer model reel are finding a medium between large arbors and the small arbors of old.
- Weight - It is important that the weight of your reel is not too heavy or light for the rod that you will be using. Finding a reel that balances well with your rod will ensure that the rod performs at the highest level possible.

Please call the shop at (970) 349-1228 to talk to one of our specialist and get details on the up-to-date inventory.
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