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Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
Super light reels on 06/29/2008 10:06:44 MDT Print View

I found this

anyone else have a favorite lightweight reel?

John Mowery
(Mow) - F

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Super Light Reels on 07/02/2008 14:56:16 MDT Print View

Ross Evolution is an outstanding reel albeit pricey.

Troy Meadows
(LightWorker) - MLife

Locale: Sierra foothills
Super light reel ? on 07/02/2008 22:43:59 MDT Print View

Jeff do you own one of these reels I would love to know how you like it. The Weight for the price is almost to good to be true.

Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
Re: Super light reel ? on 07/03/2008 20:24:44 MDT Print View

Troy, I do not own it. Unless I can come across a better option between now and the time I purchase my lightweight rod(or build my own). I plan on picking it up.

I am also interested in any feedback if someone purchases one. I will post up the info and review of whatever I go with.


te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Re: Super light reel ? on 07/03/2008 20:40:45 MDT Print View
2.2 oz reel

this is my dream UL set up. until then i have a 7 piece with a Martin reel

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 07/03/2008 20:41:16 MDT.

Art Sandt
(artsandt) - F
dennison UL reels on 07/17/2008 22:42:56 MDT Print View

I own one of those Dennison reels and I think it is not good for a whole lot of anything. The reel is so small it hardly holds any line (it wouldn't hold an entire 3wt line), what line it does hold comes out in tiny tiny coils, and the reel has almost no leverage for fighting fish again due to the small diameter. The reel doesn't have any drag, which is OK for ultralight reels, but the spool doesn't have an exposed rim for palming so if you hook a big fish, you can't play it from the reel.

Two alternatives:
Orvis Battenkill Barstock 3.2 ounces for the I size, 3.5 ounces for the II size. Smooth disc drag, machined construction, exposed rim for palming the spool.

White River Fly Shop Classic "Ultralight" 2.2 ounces, click and pawl drag (not adjustable), but the reel has fully machined construction and an exposed rim for palming.

Both are about $90 and very high quality fly reels.

Todd Homchick
(upricon) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Mountains
Re: dennison UL reels on 07/30/2008 16:56:54 MDT Print View

I have the Dennison rod and reel combo. The reel does not hold enough line and has no drag. This combo is perfect for small brush choked streams and creeks. In the Sierra's I fish mostly in lakes above tree line and larger creeks. I ended up buying the Cabela's 8'6" travel rod and an Orvis BBS ll reel. This combo at 7 ozs. is just 2 ozs. more then the Dennison but is well worth the extra weight because of it's extra casting power, adjustable drag and greater line storage. This combo costs around $200.00 which I think is a great deal when you consider what you could pay for expensive fly fishing gear. Besides who wants to bring a $1000.00 rod and reel combo out into the wilderness anyways.

Shane Stewart
(anacrime) - F
UL reel on 08/26/2008 15:23:27 MDT Print View

I recently picked up this reel here


J. Austin Forbes Avon 2"

My Sage SLT 0wt rod is 1.69oz. With line the total weight is about 4.5oz

Edited by anacrime on 08/26/2008 15:25:15 MDT.