MemberDecember 13, 2019 at 8:29 am
Before we met all of my husbands fly fishing equipment was stolen from his car, it seemed to abruptly halt all interest he had in this hobby because he had invested a lot of time and money into his set up. He brings it up so often that I’ve spent the past year urging him to get back out there and started taking notes on rods when he talks to surprise him at Christmas with a new rod/reel.
My current issue is that he’s never mentioned a reel! I purchased a 5 wt rod but I have no idea what I am looking for in regards to this part. Usually when he gets outdoor equipment he tends to go “middle of the road” with cost. He’s worked in many different shops over the years in fishing, hunting, outdoor departments so I don’t just want to buy a reel to buy a reel. Any suggestions to help guide me to what I am looking for? He also always talks about how he used to tie his own flies, if there are specific products I need to rekindle his love for the hobby please let me know.
DGFlyGuyGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 8:29 am
Lamson makes a lot of “middle of the road” reels. They’re good quality and look fairly nice, so it might along the lines of what you’re looking for. Look at the Guru. Sierra Trading Post has a lot of them for cheap right now actually. Look around on their website.
Another option that I think is probably still on sale is the Orvis Hydros reel. Again, another very solid reel that would serve your husband well. Check it out on their website.
massivetypoGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 8:29 am
I don’t know that rod and don’t know the weight.
I would recommend a Galvan rush LT. For the money, it’s good value and he won’t be disappointed. It win run you around $260
SwitchOrueGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 8:29 am
Don’t get me wrong, Cabela’s will generally have everything you need. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and have a passionate fly angler to guide you through, however that has not been my experience. Everyone here has given solid advice, but a small fly shop I believe will get you closer to your husband’s needs. Or at least they will point you in the correct direction. I can’t imagine what I would do if my gear was stolen, best of luck, and God bless you for supporting this lifestyle.
acoradredditGuestDecember 13, 2019 at 8:29 am
What rod did you get him? That’ll give us an idea of similar value reel options.
thefishhawk1GuestDecember 13, 2019 at 8:29 am
really the best thing you can do if it’s an available option for you is to walk into a fly shop or even cabelas/bass pro and find someone who’s knowledgeable and explain what you are looking for. Sometimes local customer service is the best.
Seems like you are getting good info on reels so I’ll comment on the fly tying since I haven’t seen a reply to that. The two main things are a vice and bobbins. Renzetti Traveler is kind of a quality mid-range go to there. Peak, Griffin, Atlas also. Bobbins are what hold the thread, so you usually like several of those and they aren’t very expensive. There are some other misc tools also. Beyond that materials really depend on what he wants to tie. Hooks in different sizes, threads, dubbing, hackle, beads, the list goes on and on. Again, a decent fly shop can walk you through some kind of starter items and also he’d be able to exchange if it’s something he won’t use.
When you are shopping for a reel you might also want to think about a line, leaders, tippet. A shop will setup the reel with what he needs and a line suited for the rod you got.