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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Dorsal view of a Limnephilidae (Giant Sedges) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This specimen resembled several others of around the same size and perhaps the same species, which were pretty common in my February sample from the upper Yakima. Unfortunately, I misplaced the specimen before I could get it under a microscope for a definitive ID.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Namelessher
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Namelessher on Apr 8, 2013April 8th, 2013, 1:53 pm EDT
I have been in the market for a new reel. Have been interested in Lamson, Allen, Orvis Etc... I also saw a reel on facebook for a company called Taylor reels www.taylorreels.com that I am really interested in. Any recommendations? Has anyone used a Taylor Reel?
Kschaefer3
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Apr 9, 2013April 9th, 2013, 5:05 am EDT
Can you give any more specifics? Target species? Price range? I have a few Lamson reels and I am a huge fan. I typically stay to the lower end of their price range and think the quality is great. Konics are nice, but they are cast not forged so they are softer. I have dropped one and had the frame bend on me, but I still think they are a great reel and recommend them often.
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Martinlf on Apr 9, 2013April 9th, 2013, 10:25 am EDT
I'll second the Lamson recommendation.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Ike
MN

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Ike on Apr 11, 2013April 11th, 2013, 4:43 am EDT
i have a lamson konic and a cabelas RLS+ and have been very happy with both so far. they're good quality and both pretty well priced.id recommend either of them.
Sayfu
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Sayfu on Apr 12, 2013April 12th, 2013, 5:54 am EDT
Here's my deal on trout reels. I'd as soon they made a decent click drag reel that I could make a low setting on, just enough tension so that no over run of line when I pulled line out. That would be the most trouble free reel I could own, and I do own a number of them, the old Hardy reels. The problem with the lesser priced disc drag reels, is....if you make a low setting like everyone should for trout, the drag nob is easily moved to a tighter setting. Any bump can change the setting. That is what I would check first. Even good sized trout I often end up just stripping, and letting out line with my hand, putting pressure on the fish with the rod, not the reel. Having said that, I would goggle in Fly fishing discounts. I buy lots of equipment from them. It is a fly shop on the East Coast that has an online discount business as well. As an example, I just bought a Hardy 7 1/2 ft. graphite 4wt 4 piece for $169 and no tax. Then they threw in a disc drag large arbor reel, and a 4wt WF line that they are putting on for me with backing!! If you need the correct online address I can get it for you.
Namelessher
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Namelessher on Apr 18, 2013April 18th, 2013, 1:49 pm EDT
I own a hardy reel and like it. I guess I am always in the market for something new. The new reel is for trout. I am looking for something quality yet affordable. Less than $150.
Cutbow
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Post Falls, Idaho

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Cutbow on Apr 18, 2013April 18th, 2013, 2:45 pm EDT
@Namelessher - The Loop Xact Fly Reel is your best choice in that price range. If you don't like that then buy a $30 Okuma reel. Most trout reels on the market are garbage. I agree with Sayfu, the problem is that no major reel manufacturer agrees with us. Stay away from Ross and just about every other high priced big name and you'll be fine.
"Once you catch your first fish on a fly you won't care about any other kind of fishing!"
Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Apr 18, 2013April 18th, 2013, 3:19 pm EDT
I love Lamson products, but I also have a click and pawl Pocket Water Reel from L. L. Bean. I think it's a great small rod reel.
Bruce
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Apr 18, 2013April 18th, 2013, 3:54 pm EDT
I love my old Hardy LRH's (before House of Hardy when they were still Hardy Bros., Ltd) and still fish them. Light, dependable, smooth. And the sound! I wished somebody could come up with the same reel in a large arbor... Gotta admit line retrieval is a big handicap, especially with a big boy who has you almost to the spindle. Talking trout, all this concern about drag you see in so many conversations makes me wonder if using the rod and hands to control resistance is becoming a lost (or undiscovered) art with many. Any drag that's set light enough to protect delicate tippets is going to overrun on a fast fish if you don't know how to use your rod and hands (or freeze/panic as many do).
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
Sayfu
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Sayfu on Apr 18, 2013April 18th, 2013, 4:12 pm EDT

Gary Borger had a good article long ago on the use of the rod for drag. There was a drawing of an angler and the rod displayed at the different anglers. As I remember a 60 degree angle lift of the rod produced maximum pressure to where the full length of the rod provided drag especially the butt section. As you went higher, and straight up to 90 degrees you were utilizing just the tip section, and no longer the butt of the rod. Lowering the rod to just above straight at a fish allows line to peal off the reel, and a bent tip section of the rod to protect your tippet from breaking. Thus you can lower and raise the rod quickly, changing the drag pressure, and leaving the reel on a lt setting. The benefits of using the rod really come into play when you have a fresh fish in close thinking you might be able to net it, and it suddenly bursts off. A quick drop of the rod allows minimum drag pressure, and line to run out. And Kurt mentions the use of your hand on the reel. I tend to use the finger on the line for additional pressure.
Entoman
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Entoman on Apr 18, 2013April 18th, 2013, 4:48 pm EDT
I agree, Jere. I meant use of the hands in a general sense - fingers on the line, reel, etc. It depends on reel design, the fish, and what it's doing. If a fish takes off on my Hardys, I'll feather the spool with my fingers - not to apply more pressure on the fish but rather to prevent an overrun. On a wide arbor single post design, you can do it on the rim, but I prefer a finger or two directly on the line in the spool. When I hear the term "palming" come up, an eyebrow raises. assuming the fish is in close and on the reel, I'll usually have a finger hooked over the line to clamp down a little if need be, especially when I have a net in the other hand.

Namelessher- Welcome to the forum! Any of the names you mentioned are fine and I agree with Bruce & John on the Lamson & Loop products as some of the best of the lot in the affordable sector. Many of them are way over-engineered for trout and promise too much (or more than needed) for their price category. There are also some very expensive reels capable of disappointment. Then there's design philosophy; some are Swiss watches some are German tanks. It's all about trade-offs.

"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
Kschaefer3
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St. Paul, MN

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Kschaefer3 on Apr 19, 2013April 19th, 2013, 5:09 am EDT
I was just in at the fly shop the other day. I was with a friend looking at lower end reels for a 6 wt he found at his cabin. The Echo Ion was a surprisingly nice reel for $80. More solid than I would have expected.
Gutcutter
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Pennsylvania

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Gutcutter on Apr 19, 2013April 19th, 2013, 6:45 pm EDT
...you can lower and raise the rod quickly, changing the drag pressure, and leaving the reel on a lt setting. The benefits of using the rod really come into play when you have a fresh fish in close thinking you might be able to net it, and it suddenly bursts off. A quick drop of the rod allows minimum drag pressure, and line to run out...


Rapidly changing the "drag pressure" causes a sudden increase or decrease in the strain on the tippet, knot to the fly, and knot to the leader. You don't want this to happen.
The key to landing a fish that is larger than the breaking strength of the tippet is to keep steady, even pressure just below the breaking strength of the line. Knowing just how much pressure is 75-85% of the breaking strength is an art gained only with experience.
Slowly adjusting that pressure, such as with the palming action Kurt describes, or slowly increasing the drag knob is paramount to whipping a large fish on light line.
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

-Robert Traver, Trout Madness
Entoman
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Northern CA & ID

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Entoman on Apr 19, 2013April 19th, 2013, 10:20 pm EDT
The key to landing a fish that is larger than the breaking strength of the tippet is to keep steady, even pressure just below the breaking strength of the line. Knowing just how much pressure is 75-85% of the breaking strength is an art gained only with experience.

Well said, Tony.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
Martin595
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Martin595 on Jul 5, 2013July 5th, 2013, 11:32 pm EDT
The choice is reel is very important decision. The vintage reel is best option as it It has the knurled metal knob, metal spool case and spool, and paperwork.
Powerheads
Joeinnm
Albuquerque

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Joeinnm on Jul 15, 2013July 15th, 2013, 8:03 am EDT
Check this out: http://www.fishenchantment.com/forum/entry.php?40-Qualifly-Reel-Review
Risenfly
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Pennsylvania

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Risenfly on Aug 6, 2013August 6th, 2013, 9:47 am EDT
Check us out and feel free to email me with any questions at risenflyco@yahoo.com


Our Ichthus reels should fit the bill. Machined aluminum, cork drag, and lots of happy customers so far.


www.risenfly.com
www.risenfly.com


Fly reels, lines, boxes and accessories. Rods coming in 2014!
Sayfu
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Sayfu on Aug 7, 2013August 7th, 2013, 12:34 pm EDT
My question to students in HS is "how can I land a 10 lb. fish on 4 lb test breaking strength line?" They seldom ever get it. Because the fish floats, has an air bladder. Lift it up out of the water, and the line can break. Too bad few are mfging click drag reels anymore.
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Hayward, WI.

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Falsifly on Aug 7, 2013August 7th, 2013, 12:59 pm EDT


Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.

— Archimedes of Syracuse

Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."

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