... Shop All the Best Fly Reels On Sale from Top Brands: Hatch, Abel, Sage, Lamson, Orvis, Ross, Redington, TFO and more! All that said, there are some disadvantages to the Super 4N. Lamson – Generally $20, (including shipping). Actual Backing Capacity Here’s another place where manufacturers often fudge figures in order to beat their competitors. Ross also makes a classic click and pawl reel, the Colorado LT. You can try this on your own – one flick of the handle and the Cheeky Boost’s spool will be sent into countless rotations. Once the line is on the reel the fish is directly linked to the pressure of the drag, which is more reliable and smoother than letting the line slip through my fingers, especially if a tangle occurs. The 5+ is better for 6 and even 7-weight lines. Ease of drag adjustment and range of drag adjustment suffered because there is no drag adjustment – what you see is what you get. In general, the best time to come is July – August. With plenty of stopping power for trout (not to mention the reel is easily palmed at the edge of the spool) the 2.5 pound max drag strength will not be an issue. Galvan is using polymer/Rulon bushings that require no maintenance and no lubrication. At 5.1 ounces (fully loaded) Hardy LRH Lightweight isn’t as light some of the lightest click style reels, but it is still exceptionally light and balances well with today’s 5-weight rods. Is the whole package deal worth the expensive price tag. Today most of the reels on the market have much larger arbors than the older classic reels like the Hardy LRH or the Pflueger Medalist. Turn it halfway and you’ll get about 25% of the total drag. The Gunnison reel series was inspired by the Gunnison River close to the Ross headquarters. Also, the 4/5 is $75 less expensive. Reel seat has rivets instead of screws (shouldn’t loosen)? Excellent machining, sweet unique cut outs and look – doesn’t appear to be made overseas, although it is, #11 (tie) Tibor Signature 5/6     $685 – reel,  $350  x/spool. on fly reels by Lamson, Sage, Ross, Nautilus, Redington, Bauer, and Hardy. We’ve also seen these dent in the shop, so you’ll want to be extra careful using this reel. $6.50 shipping. Extra LRH spools retail for $99. We are unaware of any manufacturer that does not honor a one year replacement or repair warranty for manufacturer’s defects. When scoring the click style reels, we tried to keep things apples to apples by comparing them only against each other and not with the rest of the reels. Once the drag is set, you don’t want it to get accidentally knocked off its setting by rubbing against your clothing, or that log you crawled over to get to the stream. We found that the 5/8 will only take 100 yards of 20 pound backing with a WF-5-F MPX line. The C.F.O. We know these bend and dent, even from dropping them in the shop. Check out our 4/5 write up above for more details on these heirloom quality SD reels. Sometimes you will notice the manufacturer’s claimed weight is well under our measurement, which is the reason we weigh the reels ourselves. Just like rods, if you fish hard and long enough you may eventually run into problems with your reel. Overall we were impressed with the Douglas Nexus reels. Black reels come with a silver hub and silver writing however clear reels come with 4 color options at no extra cost: black, green, blue, or red. For click reels like the Hardy, Orvis, and Tibor, you should also lubricate the clickers and gear with good grease. The handle shape is excellent and spool removal is easy enough, (though seemingly designed to be removed left handed). We were not willing to take the manufacturer’s word or specs as gospel. The Ross Colorado LT weighs the same as the Sage Click naked, but once it is fully loaded with 40 yards of backing, it weighed .1 oz less. Otherwise it makes more sense to fish the 4/5 which weighs .7 ounces less when fully loaded with the correct amount of backing, line, and a leader. Either way, tight lines! This wide range of adjustment allows precise tuning of the drag to the desired pressure. In short, we love everything about the Galvan T-5 and think you will too. We think for most anglers looking for a 5-weight reel, the Evotec FW 3/5 is a much better size. You will see that in most instances their weight is the same as ours or within a tenth of an ounce. #18 Lamson Guru Series II size 2  $209.95 – reel,  $95.95 x/spool. We found the SD 5/6 will take about 85 yards of backing (where as the 4/5 will take about 65). Get a good reel the first time and you won’t regret it. Start Up InertiaStart up inertia is the initial drag resistance you feel when you start to pull line off the reel. As always when reeling in at the end of the fishing day, be sure to reel up your line under the pressure of your pinky to ensure the line isn’t loose on your reel – without proper pressure your reel may become overcrowded. The drag is adjustable but it doesn’t really change the drag pressure much. SPECTRUM LT Lightweight Features. Ross’ history, tradition, and innovation continue to make big waves in the fly fishing industry. Spool release:  Great and easy to depress, can never lose, Drag knob:   Slightly more difficult to turn than Cimarron, Drag Detents:  Nice detents to keep drag in place, Max Drag:  Strong enough but not overkill – 3.6 pounds, #7 Lamson Lightspeed Series IV size II  $349.95 – reel,  $150.95 x/spool. Like the LRH and C.F.O. Plus reels come in four standard colors: black, champagne (bronze), clear, and red. The reel looks and feels fantastic! A smooth drag gives the angler confidence, and establishes control much like having a set of good Brembo brakes on your motorcycle or sports car. and they will send it back to you duly customized free of charge in about a week’s time. Surprisingly we’ve had some pretty good fishing on days blowing 45+ mph, torturing ourselves with frozen fingers and toes for no good reason other than we are being stupid and like beating our head against a wall repeatedly. TROUT Full Frame. Windex also works well for squeaky spindle shafts. Once you know what the chink in the armor is on a reel you like, (e.g. – 15+ pounds!?? We’ve fished the RS for a couple years now and we know that it is a durable reel that can take a beating without denting. The Ross Eddy is cast in South Korea and comes in black only. Tibor has always been one of our favorite fly reels. Retrieval Sound: Plasticky retrieval sound, OK but not as nice as Ross reels, Outgoing drag sound: Slightly deeper plastic sound going out, Counterbalance: Good – no counter weight, (just holes filled in with metal). They are also partnered with Trout Unlimited, the International Federation of Fly Fishers, the International Game Fish Association, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. The drag sound could be louder, and the Hydros doesn’t spin nearly as well as some. For anglers looking for the most rapid retrieval in the game, the Access Mid-Arbor isn’t the best choice. The Loop Multi is also a full-framed reel, which helps add to its rigidity and durability. Like an Alfa Spider, Greys faded out of the mainstream and into the fond memory of enthusiasts. Nearly everyone we show these reels to at the reel display case is impressed with the evident quality of these reels. The plastic spool cap can be difficult to get off, but at least it can’t come completely off and get lost. The Cimarron II comes only in black. With its sealed drag the Access Mid-Arbor is virtually maintenance free, though oiling the spindle from time to time will help. At nearly 7 ounces fully loaded, this reel is going to be a tad too heavy when balancing the best 5-weight outfits. Price is certainly an important factor in deciding which reel to purchase, but higher priced reels are usually worth it in the long run; even if you have to save the money to buy the reel you really want. drag. Reels with caps that come off lost points too. Most reel cases today are neoprene and are very effective at protecting reels. Reel seat is built in, no way to lose it, however if you drop it and break (or bend) it you may have to pay more for an extra frame vs an extra reel seat. The idea is to set your drag lightly enough so that if you hook a hot fish that burns out on 6X, you don’t get broken off on that first run. The reels with very little retrieval resistance were more pleasant to use, and presented few problems that we could identify. The SC (Stream Creek) is just that, and is a reel that only certain anglers will appreciate. The spool cap comes off completely and can get lost. If you pick a standard custom color you will be looking at a $75 upgrade. But I also want a reel that is durable and is not likely to get mushed should I take a fall while walk-wading a rip-rap bank. The Cimarron II is a true “spinner” type reel that can pick up a ton of excess line quickly. Like most all of the click style reels, the Colorado LT has a very light maximum drag – you’ll have to be happy palming the rim of the spool to apply extra drag pressure when needed. If your fishing style requires an especially tough reel and you can’t afford to get a Tibor or Abel – this is your reel. Choose among three standard colors: black, clear, and green. The main reason to shell out the extra dough for an Abel Super 4N is that it’s extremely durable. Galvan –  $0 For original owner, (including shipping). Lifetime warranty covers parts and labor for the original owner only. The Argus scored a perfect 10 in craftsmanship, spool to frame tolerances, start up inertia, and ease of spool removal. Fishing Store. They are also environmentally conscious and support the North Atlantic Salmon Fund and donate 1% for the planet on each reel sold. Size 5/6 extra spools retail for $120. Typically, when fishing a 5/6 weight outfit the angler will set the drag at one level and rarely change it. #20 Ross Animas  4/5    $235 – reel,    $141  x/spool. For an extra $100 you may choose from several custom colors; Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Purple, or Violet. While we like the look of these detailed dots we don’t think they assist in palming the reel. Who else is making a 5-weight reel that weighs 3 ounces and costs only $89.00? The arbors are ported near the sides, but not where the backing will rest so your backing may not dry as quickly with these reels as others. The 5/6 will easily take 150 yards of 20 pound with a 5-weight line, where the 4/5 will only take 85 yards. Otherwise, maintenance free is the easiest way to go…, Spool to Frame Tolerances – 10 points available. The LT is a beautiful combination of traditional style and contemporary innovation. The elegant porting allows for a lot of air flow (which helps dry your backing) and gives the 5 Plus a very distinguished look. Keep in mind you can always “palm” the Speedster to create more drag pressure when needed. Redington Rise III 3/4 Fly ... Sage, Hatch, Ross Reels, Bauer, Orvis, Temple Fork Outfitters, Echo, and Redington. The SC 325 is a very classy reel. The Zero also lost points under drag adjustment and range of drag (since there is no adjustment). At 2.42” the Force is one of the best at line retrieval. As such it is a very well rounded reel with very little that can go wrong with it. The Evolution LT comes in three standard colors: black, mist gray, and green. Experience why we sell more Ross Reels than any other online fly shop. Machined in Boise, Idaho from high quality aluminum and stainless steel, Lamson also adds a “Hard Alox” finish to the Speedster, which has proven to reduce scratches. The Tibor Light Series comes in two standard colors:  Jet Black and Satin Gold. Pflueger Medalist – $0, (includes shipping). It also has a nice stop on the bottom with .14lbs. Drag Detents:  Huge detents so the drag can’t get knocked off, probably the best in the test. With a full frame we could easily move this score up to an 18. One thing Hatch does have everyone beaten on is their proprietary backing. Drag Detents: not much for detents but the knob is stiff enough that it won’t get knocked off easily. Aspen Reels – $0 (including repair costs and return shipping). Drag Detents:  Not much for detents but drag knob is stiff enough it won’t get knocked off easily. Although the 5 Plus doesn’t have the strongest drag, it does utilize one of the smoothest drags out there. The Lamson Force isn’t for everybody. For example, the Lightspeed had a very wide range of drag, between .25 to 2 pounds (2 full turns), while the Speedster had a narrower range. Bored Panda is a leading art and pop culture magazine which is viewed nearly 100 million times every month. Like Bauer, Ross donates 10% of each reel sold to sport fish and wildlife restoration programs. If line is running through your fingers, simply tighten your fingers or grip on the line. There are no detents, however, the range of drag adjustment isn’t much, and the max drag is only .35 pounds. CLICK SERIES Click & Pawl. We’ve been tight with Ross for over 20 years — what a great manufacturer! Turnaround time for current models is typically 3-10 days including shipping. Due to the difficulty of spool removal no extra spools are offered. Handle:  Excellent shape and feel – rosewood. Between .25 and 2 pounds the RS only had .45 turns of adjustment, compared to some of the top ranking reels that had more than 2 turns of adjustment. Retrieval Sound:  Similar metallic sound in or out, Outgoing drag sound:  Slightly louder sound going out, Counterbalance:  Decent – despite no counter weight. For an extra $75 custom solid finishes include: Blue III, Bronze, Deep Blue, Deep Green, Olive, Platinum, Red, Slate or “satin” (matte) Blue III, Olive, or Slate. It’s nice to see a reel company that cares about our sport and gives back. Price was certainly a factor, as was overall weight. Retrieval Sound:  Slightly more muted, (more quiet) sound then the Torque, Outgoing drag sound: Sounds even more muted going out, Spool release button: Depress style like Evolution LT – can never lose, Drag knob: Easy to adjust but not cut out like the Torque, Drag knob could possibly get knocked off on lowest drag settings, can’t on higher, Handle:  Nice shape, concave in middle, easy to grab, #4 Bauer RX2  $435 – reel,   $205  x/spool. When compared to other reels in its price category, (like Bass Pro, Okuma, or Cabela’s) the Eddy is clearly the way to go. When you do get the line on the reel, you’ll want to palm the reel rather than relying on the Click’s drag strength. The Tibor Signature is a true quick change and the spool is easily removed. The range of drag adjustment is reasonable and the max drag is plenty strong. Surprisingly enough, they are often right. If you ever hear your Abel cork drag “squeaking” it’s letting you know it needs some neatsfoot oil desperately. The warranty applies only to the original owner and is valid only if the reel has been cleaned and maintained according to the maintenance instructions. Still, the 5+ has some good things going for it. There’s a link to purchase from us at the end of the shootout, or you can click on each reel’s name or individual photo. The Sage 4250 is a solid reel for the money. In the process we would rip some line off the reel and judge the drag sound. The main thing that held it back from the podium was its weight. This would be a great match for any classy graphite, fiberglass, or bamboo rod. If you look at the range from .25 all the way up to 9 pounds, you can fine tune this reel for 7X all the way up to a smooth drag of 4 pounds or more. Originally one of our samples reels had an issue with some of the bearings falling out. The handle is longer than the CFO and the LRH, but it tapers down instead of swelling out. The only other nit-pick we have with the Guru is that it isn’t the most durable reel we’ve used. Sage Spectrum LT 5/6 Fly Reel $375.00. For today’s modern lightweight trout rods, we feel that the lightest reels feel the best. It won’t cut you like gel spun, but will get you the extra yards you are looking for…, Retrieval Sound:  Louder sound reeling in but still somewhat muted, Outgoing drag sound: Outgoing sound is even more muted, Spool Removal:  Spool release sometimes extremely difficult to get off (need rubber cloth or leader straightener). The drag system is housed in an expertly ported lightweight frame. In fact, the main reason to get the Animas over the Cimarron is if you like the way it looks, (that and the Animas arbor, is ported where the backing sits which helps the backing dry). The Remix is also slightly heavier than the Lamson Liquid. I guess we could have used a feeler gauge, but eyeballing it seemed to work fine. It looks and sounds like a million bucks, (easily one of our favorites for a great retrieval “purr…”). Perhaps the biggest downside to the Classic 46 is the weight. The 325 MA comes in three standard colors: Black, Matte Black, or Clear (silver). You can purchase the Cimarron II in any color, so long as it’s black. Once the fish is on the reel, you want to try to continue to play the fish from the reel – especially larger fish. “My sources say yes.”  (Thank you magic 8-ball). Most of the time I know I’m screwed and the stressful moment ends in a snap of tippet. The arbor measures at 2.475 inches, the third largest in the shootout, (following the Loop Evotec G4 LW 5/8 and Sage Click 4/5/6). Both ease of drag adjustment and range of drag adjustment suffered significantly. At 6.9 ounces fully loaded it is going to be slighty too heavy to balance the best 5-weight rods. Although the drag knob is a strange shape the drag is easy enough to adjust. Ross’ new porting is a large reason for the reel’s lightweight design. is a flagship saltwater reel series from Ross. Sometimes a reel is made for visual appreciation rather than strictly for its performance. Reel seat machined in – can’t lose or loosen up on you, however dropping it may bend the reel seat, requiring more money to replace a frame, Handle:  Excellent large, easy to grab handle good size and shape but handle doesn’t feel as smooth as some rotating, “Sealed drag” works well, unless water gets in it, Reel feels heavier in hand than others (but feels more durable should you take a spill), #17 (tie) Loop Opti Dryfly     $585  – reel,   $265  x/spool. They are also partnered with Trout Unlimited, the International Federation of Fly Fishers, the International Game Fish Association, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. We had high hopes for the locally manufactured Bozeman RS 325. Durability is definitely somewhat subjective, but it isn’t rocket science either. Then we peeled off the line and got figures on the range of drag adjustment, smoothness, start up inertia, and max. Spool Release: No Spool cap, No quick change – 6 screws to get the spool off, (all of which seem like they are Loctited into the reel) – a major project in the shop, much less out on the stream, Drag Detents:  Excellent detents keep the drag setting from getting bumped off, Range of Drag: Best out of all the click style reels, but still weak compared to other reels, Max Drag: Best of all the click style reels but still weak compared to others, Handle: Good size, metal grooves for grip, but no swell, Awesome classic look, fantastic for photos, Looks great on classy graphite rods, bamboo rods, and fiberglass, When you turn up the drag, you feel the same resistance reeling in, Can’t palm the reel – have to finger palm it, #8 Pflueger Medalist 5/6  $129.95 – reel, (extra spools not available). As in our other Shootouts and tackle comparisons, we felt that to get honest answers, we needed to be the ones taking the measurements, weights, determining backing capacity etc. We have laid out all the objective measurements in the shootout that follows, and our own views of what we prefer. Obviously the number one factor here is the tippet size and what you can get away with. Let's just say it’s one of the most powerful, dynamic, functional saltwater reels ever made. Most of the reels that rated a 9 or 10 had extremely smooth drags. Retrieval Sound:  Muted rubber on metal sound, Outgoing drag sound:  Sounds a tiny bit louder going out, Spool Release: No Spool cap, No quick change – 4 tiny screws to get the spool off, a major project in the shop, much less out on the stream. A smooth fight allows the angler to reel a fish in more quickly, which gets the fish back to the stream unharmed – something Bauer cares about deeply. $145.00 to $225.00. One thing we noticed with the Argus is that the finish scratches easily. Drag Knob: Design and tension make it more difficult to turn than other reels, Drag Detents:  Not much for detents but drag knob is stiff enough so it won’t get knocked around easily, Handle: Thin with no swell – Lightspeed, Force, and Speedster all better, #19 Abel Super 4N  $520 – reel,    $285   x/spool. Extra spools retail for $94. So for me, having a reel that can bring in excess line quickly is more important than owning a reel with a strong drag. More often than not I catch a fish, realize its not the “one” and proceed to “strip” the fish in quickly in order to release it. Depending on drag setting, Counterbalance:  OK, despite no counter balance weight. Opting for this reel depends on what you are looking for in a reel; for many having a classic looking reel on a classy rod just “looks the part” even if it doesn’t wind line in at 8.5” per rotation or weigh under 3 ounces. Smoothness of Drag at 1 lb. Historically it is one of the most coveted reels we know. $125.00 . The LT is a beautiful combination of traditional style and contemporary innovation. This helps with backing capacity but also makes it easy to reel up your line without micromanaging it (to make sure the line doesn’t all end up in the same spot, which could jam if not reeled on evenly). All in all, the Orvis Access Mid-Arbor is a great reel that performs well while maintaining a more traditional look and size. The system is comprised of carbon fluoropolymer and stainless steel making it virtually indestructible. More and more trout and saltwater anglers are using techniques like this. What ends up happening is the spool bends or “dents” and then hits the frame each time it goes around making a noise and getting “stuck” in the same spot. Handle: Nice and wide at the end where you need it, easy to grab, Feels heavy for the size but for $75 this is still a great value. III   $345 – reel, (extra spools not yet available). We’ve even heard of Abel reels getting run over at high speed with a flats skiff and all the prop did was barely dent the frame and the reel’s foot. The Tibor Signature 5/6 is machined in Delray Beach, Florida. NHL.com is the official web site of the National Hockey League. You can upgrade you spool color to Havana Gold, Coral Red, Copper Orange, Agate Green, or Cobalt Blue for an extra $35, or change the color of your sealed drag hub to gold, red or blue for an additional $25. The main issue with the Signature 5/6 is that it is too big and heavy to balance most 5 and even 6-weight rods. Many of these 5/6 weight reels we tested are machined from a solid block of high-grade aircraft aluminum and then anodized with very hard finishes. The best reels will give you 360 degrees (one full spool revolution) or more of drag adjustment in this range. Sage Click 4/5/6 Fly Reel $300.00. When fishing below 32 degrees, water turns to ice on the cork and allows the reel to free spool. In our performance chart we used the fully loaded reel weight rather than the naked weight since that’s how they are going to be fished. The Redington Zero is die-cast in South Korea. Jake The Medalist’s full frame design adds rigidity and durability to the reel. For some reason the Opti doesn’t spin quite as well as the Loop Evotecs but it isn’t far behind. Warranty doesn’t cover loss, misuse, or improper maintenance of the reel. The Islander LX 3.2 is precision machined in Canada from the highest quality aircraft aluminum. The Lamson Remix reels are machined/pressure cast somewhere overseas, (Lamson wouldn’t say where) and are then “assembled” in Boise, Idaho in order to make the reel more affordable. Its max drag is 8 pounds compared to the 4000’s max drag of 6 pounds. We used a range of .25 lb. At 2.818 inches tall and 1.782 inches wide, the Loop Evotec G4 LW 5/8 is a true line retrieval machine. #13 Loop Evotec G4 FW 3/5    $425 – reel,    $199  x/spool. We think a lot of people will appreciate the old school look of this reel, perhaps the reel is even reminiscent of their childhood. As a true “spinner” type reel, the Nexus’ lack of retrieval resistance allows the spool to spin smoothly and “coast” for a while with its quality ball-bearings. Abel reels are precision machined in Camarillo, California from the highest quality 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum. Spool Release: Spool release is quick and easy like the Hardy LRH – can’t lose but over time dirt can get stuck in the space making it difficult to release properly  – Still it can’t get lost unless screws come off. Over time dirt and grit can fill in the latch hole, making it difficult to move the latch). For example using a NRX LP 9 foot #5 rod and a Galvan T-5 reel. Turnaround time is about 2 weeks including shipping. #1 Sage Click 4/5/6     $299.00 – reel,    $170  x/spool. We also love the look of this reel – the natural shell like cutouts make this reel stand out from other traditionally ported reels. Porting on the arbor helps to dry your backing and the special porting on the foot does what it can to lighten the reel. For those of us who have been at this long enough, you'll remember when Greys left us some 6 (or so) years ago to become a European only brand. The retrieval resistance is quite significant with the SC, it is the opposite of a spinner, which makes picking line up quickly more difficult. Where the RS lost most of its points was in the range of drag adjustment. On the reels that do not have totally sealed drags, water can get into the sealed ball bearings. Depending on the size of the fish I choose an appropriate expletive. If you are fishing with a 6-weight then get the 5/6. In testing our winning reel, the Galvan T-5, loaded with a WF-5-F line and backing, we mounted it on our top 9 foot #5-weight rod, the Loomis NRX LP. In essence, Hardy beefed up the Ultralite while still keeping weight down and simplifying the drag housing. The spool to frame tolerances are very good and the spool is easy to remove. Cork Drag – not the smoothest at higher settings, also requires maintenance, Heirloom quality machining – very solid and durable – with proper maintenance it will fish hard for 100 years, #20 (tie) Hardy Ultralite 4000 CA DD   $275 – reel,   $149  x/spool. The main chink we’ve found in the Finatic’s armor is that water can get through the tiny allen key screw-hole, (the screw and hole designed so you can change the retrieve direction of the reel). The Hardy Ultralite reels are machined in South Korea from high-grade aircraft 6061 aluminum. I’ve personally fallen with one on a rip-rap bank, smashing the reel into an irreparable state and had a fellow angler step on another, smushing it beyond repair. Waterworks - Lamson New Remix HD 3-Pack Fly Reel. We wish we could have the Fly Rise back, but crying over spilt milk won’t help any. Craftsmanship, durability, start up inertia, drag detents, and reel case design (a fancy and expensive looking leather case) were all solid 10’s. Over the years the Evolution has proven itself to be lightweight yet durable. If you hook a big fish you’ll have to palm the reel – however since it is a full frame design, you’ll have to “finger palm” it, which is easy enough to get the hang of it. All screws are secured with Loc-Tite. The reel sounds great (at least for two plastic clickers hitting metal) and the handle is easy to grab without looking. Finally, the completely revamped composite drag system on the new Animas delivers fish stopping power like never before. The Lamson Liquid is the reel that we picked to go with our beginner fly fishing outfit for this very reason. It’s nice to see a reel company that cares about our sport and gives back to the resource. The drag is also one of the smoothest drags in the shootout, even at heavier settings that you would never fish trout with. The retrieval sound is very much like a Abel Super 4N. Here lies the true sleeper of the test. We know how easily these reels bend if dropped since we’ve owned a few ourselves and have also sent a few back for our customers. The T-8 scored well in nearly every category, and was an easy choice for our “best buy” 8-weight saltwater reel. Outgoing drag sound:  Silent sound going out – however you can still hear the metal hum a bit on higher drag settings, Spool Release: Easy to get off but spool cap comes off and can get lost, Drag Detents:  Pretty good, it would take a hard whack to knock the drag setting off by accident, Max Drag:  Weak – palming will be required for larger fish, Handle:  Nice rubber grip but no swell or flare towards the end, Smooth feel and Rolls Royce quality build, Very large arbor – good for quick retrieval, #17 (tie) Sage 4250   $299.00 – reel,     $150 x/spool. Bozeman Reels – $0 for cleaning and relubrication, (does not include shipping and handling charges). Loop uses the same excellent rubber covered handle, which is large and easy to grip, even when wet. They were manufactured in Sweden but due to the increase in high quality, lower cost machining in South Korea they have moved production overseas. And we wish it was a little lighter. 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