Before you purchase fly-fishing reels, you should do a little research about reels and familiarize yourself with the terms used to describe them.
As you probably know, the flexibility of a fly-fishing rod greatly affects the fly-fishing experience and the reel is an important factor, too. You should match the weight of your fishing line with the weight of the fly reel and rod.
A “reel seat” holds your reel in place so that your fishing line goes through the guides on the reel.
“Up locking” reel seats allow for a lot of room between your rod and reel and are popular for using with medium and heavy fly-fishing rods.
“Down locking” reel seats are situated at the end of the fly-fishing rod and work the same as up locking seats, but the position of the down locking reel seats make it more tricky to catch a difficult fish.
“Sliding band” reel seats are used on light weight rods that are fitted with light reels and consist of two sliding bands, which hold the foot of your fly-fishing reel, but do not lock in place.
A “fighting extension” is placed behind the fly-fishing reel and helps fisherman fight larger catches and are usually used on rods and reels with line weights of seven or more.
The more you fly-fish, the better you’ll understand your particular needs for fly fishing gear, including fly reels, rods and fishing line.