- Hook: Demmon Competition G601 BL #10
- Weight: 3,5mm Tungsten Bead, Lead Wire
- Tail: CDC
- Abdomen: SLF Kaufmann Dubbing (twisted)
- Thorax: Jan Siman Peacock Dubbing
- Wing Case: Pheasant, Bug Bond Lite
- Legs: Partridge
- Thread: Veevus 50D
New tackle is always fun! I was searching for a fly reel for my 3/4 10ft. nymphing rod this time. I always look for top quality, because normally I fish my tackle for many many years. So I think it’s better to invest 1-2 Euro more instead of buying cheap and replacing the tackle within the next few years. Anyway, this time I didn’t want to spent too much money for a small reel for trout, grayling and coarse fish. Around 200,- € – 250,- € was my self limited budget.
There are some nice reels on the market in this price range, but they are almost all manufactured in the far east, with one exception – Vosseler fly reels.
Vosseler are on the market since many years and I know that they are producing good reels, but I never get very close in touch with them. I don’t really know why.I got a Vossler clip tool for tying, which is very exact machined, and still works after 5 years like on day one. So I thought, when the clip tool is so precise machined, how are the reels?
I summerized the facts:
- a fly reel made in Germany
- right size and weight for my rod
- I like the look and the titanium color
- it costs clearly under 200,- €
I ordered a Vosseler DC2 5/6 at adh-fishing and two days later I got the reel at my home.
The first impression was awesome. Extremly well machined, no wiggle, wobble, waggle of any part on the reel. The break is very smooth. The finish is also very nice, it looks in reality even better than on the pictures. The click sound of the reel is very nice, not too loud … hard to describe…maybe you can say smooth.
I fished the reel and it performs like I hoped it would – Flawless! Very impressive piece of metal made in Germany for under 200,- €. To be exact, the DC2 5/6 costs 189,- €. I saw a lot of reels in the price range of 350,- € and more, which are not even close to this quality.
The only thing I would change: I would close the reel frame completely. That’s just my personal preference.So, what’s the reason I wrote about the reel? Many people might think I got the reel for free and that’s the reason I wrote such positive things about it (like many people do on the web). Nope! I paid the normal price like everybody else. No sponsoring at all.
The fly fishing scene is crazy. Single hand fly rods close to 1.000,- €, reels for more than 500,- €, waders for 800,- € and more… everything is getting more expensive from year to year without getting really better…
Today, pike flies tied on tubes are very popular. You can tie them as long as you want without the levering effect of long hook shanks, which often causes lost fish. If the fish is hooked, the tube and the hook separates.
If the hook point is dull, you don’t have to throw the whole expensive pike fly into the trash. You just remove the hook. So, you can fish your pike tubes a very long time.
Then again, there are some disadvantages. It takes more time to change the fly, because the rigging is more complicated. The tube fly swims straight through the water, without strong jigging up and down or jerks from side to side. You can put a heavy conehead on the leader, but it’s still more a wave movement than a true jigging.
So, what if you could combine the advantages of normal pike flies and pike tubes without big effort? Would be cool, right?
Well, it’s super simpel! Just use the “Lachmann Pike Rig”! ;-)
It’s just an flexible extension for the hook. You need a ordinary bite wire with around 10 kg breaking strength (around 20 lbs) and two sleeves, special sleeve pliers and a little bit power in your hands. It takes you about 60 seconds to make one. Just meassure the length of the tube, so the front loop just comes out of the front of the tube.
One important thing: You need to tie on tubes with a big diameter, so the extension fits through it. Eumer pike tubes hard in XL work fine, for example.
Attach your normal bite wire with a snap to the tube and you’ve got a connection like with a normal hook eye, but you can change hook sizes easily or replace dull hooks.
If you weighted your tube flies, they will jig, if you tie them with a flat big head, the will jerk from side to side. All what you want from a good pike fly.
Just give this “rig” a try and make your own experiences!
I wish everybody an awesome pike season! Tight lines!