Reel manufacturers have chosen different dimensional approaches in the design of their large-arbor reels. Ted Juracsik designed his Tibor models from scratch to provide both the quicker retrieve of the large-arbor reel and sufficient capacity for line and backing when compared to standard-arbor models. The Orvis Vortex and Bauer MacKenzie series are similarly built from the ground up. Steve Abel took advantage of his considerable number of standard-arbor reels in designing his Super Series of large-arbor reels.
As mentioned, Powell, Sage and Winston all offer a complete range of five-piece saltwater rods from 8- through 12-weight. Winston, in fact, started the five-piece trend in saltwater with the introduction of its BL-5 series of rods in 1997. That series has been expanded to include eight models in 8-, 9-, 10- and 12-weight (plus four additional models in 5-, 6- and 7-weight). The BL-5 is a rather unique saltwater rod, in that it has a light tip (to appeal to Winston traditionalists) and a stiff butt for fighting and lifting fish.
So far few species approaching 200 pounds have been taken on fly, including tuna, and for good reason. Stories abound of broken rods, spooled reels, broken tippets and monsters lost at the boat. This is the story 'f the one th"t didn't get away. ¿Everything finally came together; it was just an"unbelievable catch,¿ said Capt. Bill Harris of'angler Brad Kistler's pending 197-pound bluefin.
A guide to understanding and simplifying your fly-line system.
Whether the sport is baseball, tennis, golf or saltwater fly-fishing, the pros choose gear that enables them to play their game most efficiently and effectively, and to enjoy it to the fullest. In general, fly-fishing pros have honed their fly-line selections to those proven to be most effective. As you reflect on the choices of several fly-fishing pros, take note of that apparent simplicity as you consider its versatility.Flip Pallot, longtime Florida flats guide and host of the acclaimed Walker's Cay Chronicles, boiled down his choices to two primary line types.
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Understanding the materials that make up a fly reel's brakes will help you choose the right one.
The Mid-Atlantic false albacore run makes for exciting fall fly fishing