View Full Version : New Rod, now new reel

02-16-2009, 10:55 AM
Well I just bought a new Winston LT 5-piece 8'9" 5wt. I must say that it is absolutely incredible. Im so happy with it, and I have only played with it at LRO and then in my own yard.

Now its time for the reel. It's funny I had a dream last night that I won the Feb drawing from LRO and got the BBS. But in reallity the odds are against me. So what do ya'll recomend for that rod. Im not hung up on the 'classic' look, I just want a good reel and I want drag. Im thinkning about the new Lamson Velocity, the redesigned them this year. Daniel is checking to see if he can get one. But all suggestions are welcome.

02-16-2009, 05:53 PM
Depending on how much you want to spend, the Ross Evo is a great reel. I also like the, now discontinued, Ross Rythm.

I have an Orvis BBS and an Orvis Mid Arbor that are both great reels. I kind of like the mid arbor a little better.


02-16-2009, 07:29 PM
I like the Lamson Velocity #2 or the Lamson Litespeed #2. If you want drag. They both have the sealed conical drag. Slick!

02-16-2009, 08:19 PM
a great rod needs a perfect reel hardy

02-16-2009, 10:25 PM
Might as well go with the best...Able http://www.abelreels.com/pages/reels.htm

02-17-2009, 11:55 AM
Buaer MK series from LRO. Simply the best or older Orvis CFO

02-17-2009, 01:05 PM
Before you decide on a brand, you may want to decide if you want a regular reel or one with a large arbor (LA). The 2 advantages (that I know about) with a LA are faster retrieve and less coiling of the fly line. I have an Orvis Mid-Arbor for my Steelie rod and I love it. Great drag. On the other hand, with a 5wt, you may want to go light and the Orvis BBS works for that. If you are buying from LRO, take your rod with you and see how each reel feels. Let us know what you get.

02-18-2009, 10:21 PM
Since we are spending your money, I vote for a Nautilus Feather Weight PLUS No. 3. I just bought a regular No. 3 (holds less line than No. 3 PLUS), so I need a new rod to go with it. I plan to get either a 3 or 4 weight TFO Professional to go with it. I've also enjoyed a Vosseler reel (S1) that I fish with a 7 weight rod. Happy fishing!

02-18-2009, 10:43 PM
Fly FIsh America has an excellent article on Ross reels and how they are made. Before buying I would suggest a quick read then simply go look at each reel and try it on your rod for feel.

02-19-2009, 11:55 AM
LJ, I fish the Orvis BMAs and like the drag. Of all the candidates mentioned, take a look at spare spools and the ease of changing line weight or type on stream. Tight Lines. TDS

03-18-2009, 09:31 AM
The Ross EVO 2 would be nice.. Can someone explain to me the difference between a LA reel and a regular reel loaded with backing? if the line is at the top of a reel how does it metter if it's a fat arbor or backing under the line?

03-18-2009, 04:23 PM
The Ross EVO 2 would be nice.. Can someone explain to me the difference between a LA reel and a regular reel loaded with backing? if the line is at the top of a reel how does it metter if it's a fat arbor or backing under the line?

Now, there you go throwing logic into the discussion.


Byron Begley
03-18-2009, 08:09 PM

Good question. A large arbor reel is really nice if you are fighting a big fish that takes your line and backing often throughout the fight. A good example would be tarpon, big bonefish, jacks, salmon or permit. When they are peeling off your backing and your spool is going 100 miles per hour and you have to get it all back in, a large arbor reel is good to have especially if the fish is going to do it to you again and again and you need to get the line back fast. Maybe they are running back at you. You have to get backing and line back from down near the arbor and on some reels that means many turns of the spool.

Also, when big fish pull off your backing, one turn of the spool yeilds very little backing going out down near the arbor if it is small. They say this puts more pressure on the fish unless you adjust your drag.

For trout, I don't think it makes much of a difference at all unless you are fighting some great big fish on light tippet. I wouldn't make a large arbor buying decision when picking a reel for trout. I do have some large arbor reels that I do use for trout though. I made the decision because they were pretty.


I have 3 LT's and I love them all. They are what I use for trout. I have one just like yours. Great rod. Thank you for buying it from us. I would probably put a CFO on her. You can't beat a BBS either. I would choose titanium.


03-19-2009, 09:59 PM
if you were to put a orvis reel on a fine green stik it would for sure loose some of the carma from the green might cause loosing the trout of your life. only use orvis on orvis, never on sage or winston. no telling the hex you might create on that fine rod.voodoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03-20-2009, 08:04 PM
I bought the very same rod from LRO the year before last and Paula and Byron fixed me up with a Tiboor Tailwater reel in the same color of green. It is my dream outfit and when I fish it I think about someday a yet-to-be-born grandchild inheriting the outfit and fishing the Smokies with it. i also use it on the Clinch and holston. I have not seen the Tailwater reel advertised lately and wonder if Tibor still makes it. If not, watch for a used one. I told Paula when I bought the rod and reel I was done buying fly fishing equipment. She told me "don't be so sure". She was right.

03-23-2009, 02:47 PM
Well I ended up putting the new redesigned Lamson Velocity on. Due to running out of white backing Daniel at LRO put Orange on and then a Sharkskin trout taper in blue heron. I must say that I absolutley love everything from rod to reel to line. The line does everything they claim it to do; float higher, mend easier, cast farther. I went with the Lamson due to some western trips I take where I have been taken to the backing a few times by large trout in swift water...and I liked the way it looked:biggrin: Im going to try to post a pic, thanks for all your advise and Thanks Byron for such good Customer Service.



03-23-2009, 03:13 PM
Lumber Jack,

Super set up!!! You wanted a good drag, now you have it. I like the Lamsons.