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Ryobi Adventurer #8 Lever Drag Fly Reel
Precision Machined from High Grade Bar stock Aluminum and Stainless Steel
Hard Anodized Finish
Large Arbor Spool for Minimum Line Memory, Quick Line Retrieval, and Low Start up Inertia
Smooth and Powerful Disc Drag System
Extra Fine Brake Adjustment to Protect Tippet Selection
Silent Retrieve with subtle outgoing click
Easy LHW RHW conversion
Instant Drag Adjustment on the fly
Capacity WF8 with 200 Meters of 30# Backing
Quick Removable latched spool
Neoprene reel case included
We sell a lot of fly reels, reels designed for small Brook Trout, and all the way up to fly reels designed to take on 150 pound Tarpon. For those who fly fish for the big fish, the trophy fish of any species, we've found these reels to be without peers.
Big game blue water reels have long since featured lever drag systems and they've changed little over the years because simply put, they work. To find this feature in a fly reel is unique. It allows a wide range of adjustment while in a battle with the fish of a life time and will gain you the upper hand where no other reel can at any price. Whether you catch and release, or take fish for the table, this is the one reel that will in fact put more fish in the net. Period.
We aren't talking about stocked 12 inch rainbow trout here, though you can use the reel for just such a purpose. Instead, we are referring to sinking the barb in a 5 pound trout and up. If you've been there you know exactly what happens. These fish are there because they know how to survive, and they know every trick in the book in getting off your line. They start by violent head shaking in an attempt to throw the hook. If that doesn't get them free they run, and they run with power. A few jumps may get thrown in, and you keep seeing more and more line taken out. You're welcome to try palming some drag in, but you'll find this quite ineffective on the really big ones.
A properly set drag on a conventional fly reel is so when it is adjusted just below the breaking point of the tippet size being used. This is done with a strung rod under load. The problem here is this setting is finite and does not allow for quick adjustment to suit the fight conditions. As line is pulled out, the diameter of the spooled line decreases, thus increasing pressure. It's here you have a good chance of snapping the tippet. If you back the drag off to compensate for this and you go just a bit to far, the spool can over run causing a tangle. The next run will snap the tippet and the fish is gone.
Now let's get into the same battle with the Black Bear Ryobi fly reel. You set the reel drag with the center knob, lever backed all the way down. Unlike the conventional drag, you can set the reel just heavy enough to stop any chance of free spool, which will be just about right when the fish is well into the backing. As the fish puts on the power you simply start sliding the lever back, thus applying more drag to suit the situation. This is all done without looking at the reel, keeping your total focus on the fish and what it is doing. The main drag hub can be set to delicate to protect a 7 x tippet, or it can be adjusted to stop a 40 pound King salmon cold if you can hang on to the rod.
We've used these reels trolling for big rainbows and brook trout, salmon and lake trout, and even in the salt for blues and stripers. You just can't beat them for taking on the bigger fish.
Available in a No6, a No8, and a No10, there's a size to suit what you're after. It will truly change the way you take on trophy fish, and it will get more of them in the net.