Early summer mornings or the frosty dawn in fall signal an insatiable urge in many fly fishermen to awaken. Steelhead instinctively are currently migrating to the river of their birth. These mythical fish bring dreams, hopes and confusion with them
The advent of the disc drag in fly reels changed how anglers fished forever. There was no more need to palm the reel. The days of the archaic spring and pawl fly reel screaming out of control succumbed to technology, coming to an inglorious end.
If you ask most fly fishermen how they choose their rods, reels and fly lines they will usually give you one of two answers. “My dad uses or used this brand” or “My friends use this brand” are by far the most common ways that someone comes
Fly fishermen, particularly ones new to the sport, seem to ask; “Does tippet matter? Fluoro or mono? When, where and why? Test and diameter?” I have been involved in arguments, for and against, that have gone on well past the bottle being empty
There is a lot of mystique surrounding the now classic and ubiquitous “click-and-pawl” reel. Most people who fly fish today are not steeped in the traditions of the sport, but the reel type can carry with it