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In the long history of fly fishing reels, the oldest and most reproduced drag system has been the click and pawl/pawled or clicker fly reels. Clicker fly reels are the adage of a gear and a offset triangular piece of steel driven by a spring hitting against the gear to stop over spooling, simple but effective. I think they had it right all those years ago. If you fish for salmon and steel head, do it with a click checked reel. There are many reasons for this, one of them being: it is more fun! And that, for me, is what it's all about - there is nothing better than fishing a tight line with a good reel. After you fish with a checking reel you will never go back. The fish can run, fight, and jump, tantalizing your eyes and making your heart race and your reflexes tense, but with the aid of the audible check, it brings yet another of your sense to the party.
I have found disc drags to be too sensitive because by turning the knob too loose there is potentially a mess from over spool. If it is too tight, you may have the dreaded "head shake" on the surface, then out comes the hook, then out come the swear words *#!!$#^% . With a click drag system, it is a "set it and forget it" idea. It only needs to be set to stop over spooling and no mechanical drag is as reactive as the anger. Now the fish can come and take the fly, turn in the water column increasing positive hook ups in the corner of the mouth, rather than on the top, resulting in fewer lost fish. I discovered this after my first spey reel (a fantastic, state of the art disc drag) was replaced with a checking reel. After I made this change, my lost fish count dropped dramatically.
WHAT IS A CLICK AND PAWL FLY REEL?
Simply put, it is a gear typically made of steel that has been hardened. It rides against a pawl or a triangular pieces of steel that slows the rotation of the reel spool. It's really just meant for over spooling purposes and leaves the fighting of the fish up to the fisherman. Until the introduction of the Speyco Hexad check Drag in 2010. Now unlike any other fly reel ever produced, my reels are salt ready, freeze proof and come in-stalled with 6 checks giving you a back up to the back ups so the worry of "Free Spooling" is a thing of the past. The unique load dispersal of this revolutionary clutch adds redundancy, is incredibly smooth , unbelievably strong and sings a sweet song when hooked up.
*REEL SPECIFICATIONS IN INCHES*
Single Spey 3" x 1" spool gap 5/8"
River Switch 3 3/4" spool gap 1 1/8"
Skandi Spey 4" x 1 1/2" spool gap 1"
symmetry Skagit 4" x 1 7/8 " spool gap 1 1/8 "
Symmetry Spey 4"x 2 1/8" spool gap 1 1/2 "
River Spey 4 1/4" x 2 1/8" spool gap 1 1/2 "
*REEL SPECIFICATIONS BY WEIGHT*
Weights vary via material used by design. Now you will never have to fish with a tip heavy rod again. Just by changing the different face plate and foot options, you can gain perfect rod to reel balance.
Single Spey 4.3 0z to 7.5 oz
River Switch 8.7 oz to 13.5 oz
Circle Spey 10.8 to 11.8
symmetry Skagit 12 oz. to 15.5 0z.
Symmetry Spey 13.5 oz. to 17.5 oz.
River Spey 14.5 oz. to 18.5 oz
*REEL SPECIFICATIONS IN METRIC*
Single Spey 72.2 mm x 25.4 mm spool gap 19.5 mm
Skandi Spey 101.6 mm x 38.1 mm spool gap 25.5 mm
Symmetry Skagit 101.6 mm x 48.2 mm spoolgap 28.3 mm
Symmetry Spey 101.6 mm X 53.3 mm spool gap 36.5 mm
River Spey 111.7 mm x 53.3 mm spool gap 36.5 mm
*REEL TO ROD SUGGESTIONS*
Single Spey 7/9 foot single handed rods
Switch Reel 10/12 foot spey rods
Skandi Spey 12/13 foot spey rods
Symmetry Skagit 13/14 foot spey rods
Symmetry Spey 14/16 foot spey rods
River Spey 15/18 foot spey rods
Single Spey 115 yds. of WF3F line, 100 yds. of WF4F line, 75 yds. of DT-3 line. All with 20 lb. backing.
Skandi Spey 180 #30 pound gel spun +100 yards varivas+36' Rio AFS 6/7 400grain
150 yds of #30 dacron and a 6/7 CND GPS
Symmetry Skagit Rio windcutter 8/9/10 + 175 #30 dacron
Skagit head + 100 varivas + 250 yards #30 dacron
Symmetry Spey Rio windcutter 9/10/11 +200 yards #30 dacron
Rio Mid Spey 9/10 +175 yards #30 dacron
Next cast long belly 9/10 + 150 yards #30dacron
River Spey Rio Mid Spey 10/11 + 300 yards #30 dacron
Rio xlt +250 yards #30 dacron
Double taper +200 yards #30 dacron
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