Crystal River Reel
Posted by Loren on September 06, 1998 at 07:31:23:
Being new to fly fishing, I've been somewhat depressed by the cost of equipment compared to other types of fishing. Take reels for example. The average fly reel is expensive compared to a casting or spinning reel and is a much simpler device. It's primary function is to store line, however, some features like disk drag would be nice with large fish on. Other reels come packed with gears and some spin at huge speeds. Not so with the fly reel.
I recently purchased a Crystal River fly reel for $35 that has the features I like. It's very attractive, has disk drag, can be silenced (clickers drive me crazy), is all aluminum, exposed polished rim and is extremly simple in design. Now, if it holds up to continuous fishing, it's a "reel" find. It's made by Southbend (not a major player in fly fishing equipment) and is available in gold for under $50.
Anybody tried these?