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All Saltwater Fly Fishing Reels

Fly fishing reels for use in saltwater are available from several brands in a variety of configurations. If you are searching for a saltwater fly fishing reel, you can begin your search by looking at items according to categories, such as line weight and hand retrieval as well as the type of reel you can attach to your rod.

What different hand retrieval options are available?

Saltwater fishing reels have different hand retrieval configurations. Hand retrieval refers to how you will cast your fly line into the water and spool it in when you are done. In most cases, you will use your preferred or dominant hand to cast a fly fishing line. While it does not always make a difference which hand you use to cast your line, factors like wind speed or a moving current may create drag that impacts your ability to cast. Hand retrieval options for fly fishing reels include the following:

  • Left-handed retrieval
  • Right-handed retrieval
  • Ambidextrous retrieval
What are some common line weights for rods?

The weight of your line can be an important factor in how you set up your angler rig. Line weight numbers can help you determine which lines work for you depending on the type of fish you are trying to catch. In most cases, you can match the numbers on the line to those on your rod. Lower numbers mean the line may be useful for smaller, lighter fish. Higher numbers are an indication that the line may work for somewhat larger or heavier fish. Some common line weight measurements include the following:

  • 0-3
  • 3-5
  • 5-6
  • 6-8
  • 8-9
  • 9-10
  • 10-11
  • 10-12
What reel types are available?

These items are available in the following primary configurations:

  • Conventional single action spools
  • Single action large or mid arbor models
  • Extra spools
How can you reduce drag when you fly fish?

Drag happens when your line is pulled away through the water in a way that does not mimic the natural reactions of aquatic life. If your line is behaving naturally, it should look like what an aquatic insect would do if that insect is floating down a stream. Fish may notice a line that is unnatural and avoid it. You can take a few steps that may help you cut down on drag, such as the following:

  • Reposition your line.
  • Stack or add extra line to your cast.
  • Tilt your rod during a cast to extend it upstream.
  • Check your current position in the river or stream.
What materials can you choose?

If you are searching for a reel that is made from specific materials, you can choose from among the following common options:

  • Plastic
  • Stainless steel
  • Machined aluminum alloy