View Full Version : I need a new reel

12-03-2011, 09:00 PM
Last summer I bought a new 7.5 ft. 4 wt. and am looking to put a new reel on it. Most times it will be used for small stream,smokies type water so industrial strength drag is not important.
I figure I should be able to get a good reel that meets my needs for under $100.
Does anyone have recomendations ?

12-03-2011, 11:21 PM
Muskrat --- check out the LRO online catalog. Several reels for 4-wt lines for less than $100 that would easily serve you well on freestone streams. I have used a Battenkill for years in the mountains and have 0 complaints.


12-04-2011, 12:31 AM
My main input would be to look for one that is has a durable bottom to not deform or mar the reel when you sit in on rocks or when you are climbing over things. Also; maybe look at a light-reel that does not have the large diameter of the average fly reel as you usually do not need as much line.

Another big issue is will it balance the rod you plan to use it on? You should select a reel with a weight that you can easily manipulate the handle with easy and balance.

That being said; I rarely fish the mountains and know very little about what reel is the best or not.:biggrin: The things I mentioned are the points I would consider.

12-04-2011, 02:17 PM
Whatever brand you choose, a machined reel will outlast a cast reel many times over (usually) when climbing boulders, etc, etc associated with small-stream mountain fishing. I've busted several cast reels in the past by an accidental drop while climbing rock faces, etc. Not to say a machined reel wont have problems, but overall, they are tougher.
I'd definitely look for a machined reel.

12-08-2011, 08:43 PM
Thanks everybody for your advice.
I am leaning towards the Ross Flystart , since that's where I consider myself in the art of flyfishing :biggrin:.
I am thinking of calling LRO and asking their advice.

12-09-2011, 10:40 AM
For what you describe, I have my recommendation. I have a Pflueger Medalist reel that is about 49 years old, no drag except for my fingers on the line and grip. Costs about $30 now; paid about $8 for mine. Use the other $70 to put gas in the car for more fishing.

David Knapp
12-09-2011, 11:17 AM
Muskrat, I'm a big fan of the Orvis Battenkill reels. The original is a great reel for the money and I fish one all the time but I would recommend a Battenkill Bar Stock reel in the appropriate size if you don't mind spending the extra money. These reels are really light and look nice as an added bonus... Here is the link to the appropriate sized reel (http://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=16255&cat=1128&page=1) on the LRO website...

12-09-2011, 12:08 PM
^ What he said..
Orvis BBS are good quality, light reels ideally suited for small stream rods and they come in my favorite color too... black. :cool:

Tight Lines,

12-09-2011, 09:17 PM
While I admit the Orvis is a better looking reel and I do appreciate the beauty of a finely machined barstock reel the price of the Ross puts enough money in my pocket to get back down to the mountains.
Not enough to get me back home but oh well thats a sacrifice I'll have to make :smile:

12-10-2011, 03:28 PM
If you step up to the fly rise Ross you get sealed drag

12-12-2011, 10:21 PM
Muskrat...shoot me an e-mail I have a Orvis Battenkill reel like new with flyline that you may be interested in. I can shoot you some pics if you like.

12-13-2011, 02:02 PM
I have got the ross flystart on my 4wt. It works fine. I have had no problems with it. It was good for the money since I spent all I had to spend (not much) on the rod. I figured in my case the reel was only there to hold the line out of the way.

Looking back though I might have gone for the orvis or a slightly used orvis if the price were right. This is not based upon anything but the desire for the road not taken