Re: Affordable quality fly reel for bigger inshore and smaller offshore


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Posted by Phil Ewanicki on 2011-08-15 10:45:56 in reply to Affordable quality fly reel for bigger inshore and smaller offshore posted by Michael Hopkins on 2011-08-15 08:57:06

I suspect too much is made of the salt-water corrosion resistance of fly reels. I have been using two Cortland Embassy 140 reels for onshore fishing in salt water for 15 years or so. Neither reel is corroded and the ball bearings and one-way clutch bearing on each works perfectly, although this reel wasn't marketed as a salt-water reel. These reels have narrow spools and cork drawbar drags and cost less than $200 each. I have used them on #8, #9 & #10 rods.
I live 300 feet from the surf and 900 feet from an estuary in central Florida. After fishing these reels I ALWAYS IMMEDIATELY rinse them with a fine spray of fresh water, and unless I drop them in mud or sand I clean and re-lubricate them once a year. The reels still perform to my satisfaction.
Sorry my answer was so long, but I believe I have proved you don't have to spend $500 or more for a tough, reliable, easy-to-maintain fly reel or to brag, with cause, about that fly reel.


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