I kinda figured that it would be a great outfit. I managed to stumble across the deal(600) and jumped on it. Now all I have to do is grab a reel and I'll be set. The III is looking like it's going to be the one unless someone can suggest as good of one or better.
Another option you might consider is the Hydros SL III. It’s all the reel you would ever need for your 5 weight, and you can pick up the SL reel, an extra spool, and two lines for the price of just the Mirage reel. In the choice of the SL, you might want to consider the SL II.
I've researched the Hydros series and get the impression it's a lower grade reel and I'm not a fan of where it's made. Last thing I want to do is cut myself short on quality after buying such a great rod.
I appreciate all the responses and opinions.
Getting the impression with some of the responses that some have missed the very first sentence in my post.
Thanks again for taking the time to give your feedback. I DO appreciate it and your patience.
It can be overwhelming when selecting a reel, especially with all the choices out there. Do as you please, but you would be better off buying a Hydro or another comparable reel instead of a Mirage. Based off your comments, it’s simply going to be overkill. Any half decent reel on the market will have enough drag to land any fish you plan on targeting. A Mirage III is almost 600 dollars, add a spool and your looking at $850.00. If you were solely targeting tarpon or other large salt species, I would highly recommend a Mirage.
Save your money and book a casting lesson.
Quote from Fish Alaska Magazins Editor’s Choice,
“Orvis Hydros SL III
This 5- to 7-weight, large-arbor fly reel has a great drag system and performs as a high-end, machined-aluminum fly reel at a reasonable price of just over a couple-hundred dollars. The start-up inertia on this drag system sets this reel apart and we found the drag system to engage quickly when hooking feisty salmon. We paired the Hydros SL III with an Orvis Recon 6-weight and it was a smooth casting and catching setup, making this one of the best fishing reels this year”.