I’m overwhelmed by the number of fly rods and reels available today. There was a time during my early my fly fishing adventures that I didn’t own a reel. It was my own fault because I opted to spend my paper route money on a new shotgun. So, for a while I was forced to fish sans reel. I kept my line in my pocket and soon learned that smaller trout and all Bluegill didn’t require a reel. Later, I would tell those who asked about what reel to buy; “doesn’t matter as long as it balances the rod, a reel is just a place to store your line.” I still think that reels only become important when fishing for those fish that make powerful long runs and for those fish a quality smooth drag is paramount. And so over the years I have gravitated to Abel Reels for fish that require a smooth strong drag and I’m still a loyal Pflueger fan for all other game fish.