Sizing the Fly Reel
Do not make the mistake of getting a reel that is too small. It is advisable to get as much retrieving the reel of sufficient size so that you can wind on a core of linen or other cheap line which builds up on the reel to such an extent that, when the casting line (spliced to the linen line) is reached, the barrel of the reel will be large enough to take up considerable line at each revolution. Either the 100-yard size or the 80-yard size will be right — nothing smaller. The 100-yard reel holds about 40 yards of size E enameled line; the 80-yard reel about 35 yards. You see that when the expression "80-yard reel" is applied to the single action it does not mean exactly that. Ordinarily you will probably not use over 25 yards of level line, either E or F. But if, sometime, you desired to use say 40 yards of line, and in the case of most anglers such a contingency is not at all remote, if your reel happened to be one of the smaller sizes you would be put to the expense of a new reel. With a 100-yard reel you would merely remove some of the core line. On the whole the 100-yard size is the best. This reel will hold all the line you are ever likely to need in trout fishing and, when using the customary 25 yards of level E or F line, it allows a good-sized core of other line to be wound on the spool for the purpose explained above. But for very short, light fly-rods a smaller reel must be used to obtain proper balance, and since, in this case, a smaller line will be used, the 60-yard reel will answer.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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