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A lot has happened since the days of dangling a line from a tree branch to catch fish. What's more, the days of a fly reel just being a place to gather and store your line are also well behind us. Today, fly rod reels are impressive works of modern engineering. At the core of their design is the right amount of drag for the fish you're hunting and the overall weight of the reel. One of the main reasons that the weight is important is largely because you shouldn't have to hit the gym before getting to the water. The drag of your next fly rod reel can quickly get complicated, but it's not as important for typical trout fishing unless you hook up with an especially large fish.
It's also important to consider which fly rod you'll be putting a new reel on. As you might expect, a lighter fly rod should be paired with a lighter reel. Ultimately, the reel you choose will need to provide the rod with a proper balance. For those new to the joys of fly fishing, consider one of our fly rod combos that provide great quality rod, reel, and line packages to get you on the water and perfecting your cast. For the more seasoned angler, you'll find a wide range of fly rod reels to choose in our online store at The Painted Trout.
From more affordable unsealed drags to popular sealed drags, the right fly rod reel for your needs and desires is just a few clicks away. Also, consider whether your next fly rod reel will be for fresh water or saltwater fishing and what type of fish you'll be hunting. All these factors will make a difference in which options will best suit the situation. If you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you. At The Painted Trout, we love talking about fishing with the right equipment almost as much as we love being on the water with that gear. To learn more, give us a call or send us an email. You'll find our contact info at the bottom of this page, and while you're there, sign up for our newsletter to always be up on the latest from our fly fishing store.