3 Great Fly Fishing Reels

By Ted Rollins , last updated January 5, 2012

Fly fishing can quickly become an extremely expensive hobby, so it's important to get a great reel that won't cost so much that it strains all of your other expenses. Luckily, you can find a number of high quality fly fishing reels for less than $300, in addition to a few that will work well for beginners at prices lower than $100. Once you've got your reel, you'll still have a ways to go before you get in the water, but you'll be on the right track!

Cabela's Prestige Premier Fly Reel

The famous outdoors store Cabela's sells this budget model for just $90, a price that's hard to match in this market. The Prestige line uses carbon discs for heat-dispersion and features a large-arbor design that lets you get a faster line pull. The outer body of the reel uses cast-aluminum construction techniques for a low weight and has a pressure-fit spool for quick exchanges. This one comes in four diameters with a weight range of four to eight ounces.

Bauer Fly Reels MacKenzie SuperLite Fly Fishing Reel

Sierra Trading Post sells this great model, which originally went for $295 but now sells for $221. The black reel also has an aluminum body that will help avoid corrosion, and uses a recessed-star drag build that lets you make single finger drag adjustments without using two hands. The Mackenzie has a cork and FXB polymer disc for quick pulls and a quick-release spool, as well. This one has a three inch diameter and weighs 4.1 ounces.

Ross Evolution LT Fly Reel - Copper

This high end reel sells for $255 or $265 depending on the size you choose. This competition-level reel has a conical drag that reduced initial friction to minimal rates and uses a Derlin 500AF material for heat dissipation. It has a largely aluminum body with a large-arbor frame and oil bronze brushing. The American made spool is available from Cabela's in 2.75 inch diameter and 3 inch diameter models, which weigh 3.8 and 3.9 ounces respectively.

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