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  1. Fly Reel Spool Width: Wide vs. Narrow

    Fly Reel Spool Width: Wide vs. Narrow
    Fly Reel designs have changed a lot in recent years. From the odd-but-now-classic Ari T. Hart to the space-age Lamson Vanquish to the neo-classics like the Hardy Lightweight. Everyone is trying to build a better mousetrap, so to speak. That's one of the reasons we work so hard to bring you great reviews like the 8-weight Challenge and 5-weight Reel Shootout.
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  2. Lamson Guru 2.0 Fly Reel Review

    Lamson Guru 2.0 Fly Reel Review
    The Lamson Guru fly reel has long been the entry point for made in the USA quality, and one of our best selling reels. A top contender among 8-weights, we're excited to see how it performs as a trout reel.
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  3. Ross F1 #2 Fly Reel Review

    Ross F1 #2 Fly Reel Review
    Based in Montrose, Colorado, Ross is one of the world's leading fly reel manufacturers. Over the years, Ross Reels have become a virtual household name in fly fishing. We really liked the Ross F1 fly reel the last time we tested it, and we were particularly excited to see how it would fare in a freshwater-oriented test.
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  4. Abel SD Fly Reel Review

    Abel SD Fly Reel Review
    When Steve Abel started building fly reels, they were some of the finest fly reels ever built. They were well machined and had some of the best drags in the business. This was proven by the countless world records that can be attributed to Abel reels. Fast forward to today. The world of reels has changed. The best reels are the market are made by the likes of Nautilus and Hatch and cork is no longer the best drag material. Enter the Abel SD fly reel
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  5. Hatch 4 Plus Fly Reel Review

    Hatch 4 Plus Fly Reel Review
    Hatch. One of the finest reel makers in the business. We know this, not because their made in the USA, not because we've spent hours with them on the flats, and not because we're Hatch fans (well, we kind of are), but because the 7-Plus won our 8-weight Reel Shootout. But, as we've said repeatedly, trout is a different game with different rules. We're eager to find out hot the 4 Plus measures up to its big brother.
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  6. Bozeman RS325 Fly Reel Review

    Bozeman RS325 Fly Reel Review
    This job is a lot of fun. We get to try out a lot of exciting new gear, and this is certainly one of them. Design, built, tested in Montana, Bozeman reel was born in trout country. We love innovation in the fly fishing world, and we were excited to test a reel from one of the newest manufacturers on the market.
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  7. Abel Super 4N Fly Reel Review

    Abel Super 4N Fly Reel Review
    It should come as no surprise by now that classic reels don't perform as well as modern reels in our shootouts. In our 8-weight Reel Shootout, the Super 8 finished in the middle of the pack. But, trout is a different game. Let's see if the smaller Abel fairs better.
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  8. Nautilus NV-G 5/6 Fly Reel Review

    Nautilus NV-G 5/6 Fly Reel Review
    The Nautilus NVG is one of the most talked about reels on the market today. It's a quality product that's made right here in the US. Better still, it's received many awards and acclaim. But all of that has been for how the NV would perform as a SALTWATER reel. We're here to see how it stands up to the rigors of trout fishing.
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  9. Sage 4250 Fly Reel Review

    Sage 4250 Fly Reel Review
    Sage is undoubtedly one of fly fishing's iconic brands. While they're mostly known for their fly rods, Sage also makes some pretty good reels, the now-discontinued 1880, did very well in our 8-weight shootout. While the 4280 was only mediocre, we have greater hopes for the Sage 4250.
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  10. Nautilus FWX 5/6 Fly Reel Review

    Nautilus FWX 5/6 Fly Reel Review
    The Nautilus FWX is the little brother to the much-loved NVG. The so-called 'FeatherWeight eXtreme' is deigned to be lighter weight, but still heavy on performance. It's also more geared towards the freshwater market, so we expect it to be a hit in this test. Read on to see how it does.
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