Guideline Fario LW 24 Bronze

Some time ago, I’ve sold one of my trout reels. I ordered a new one, but I was not really satisfied. It was a good reel, it just doesn’t fit to me…hard to discribe. I’ve sold it and just some days ago, I saw a really good offer on the new Fario reel by Guideline. So, I’ve just ordered it.

The color is bronze. I’m normally more the silver, gray, titianium guy, but I decided to try something different and took the bronze color.

I like the color. Looks even better by daylight and it matches perfectly to the fancy windings on my Sage One 4 weight (I just realized this fact, after the purchase), which will be my main rod for the reel.

The reel is super light. I weighs just under 125 g incl. 100m 0,18mm braided line as backing.

I haven’t fished it yet, because here is closed season for the next months, but I’m sure it will do it’s job. The reel is very well build. Everything fits perfectly, nothing wobbles, it feels lightweight but strong.

I took some pictures of it, because I’m always glad, when I find good pictures of a product I’m interested in to buy, which are not made by the manufacturer.

Fly Reels Made In Germany

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.

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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.IMG_7596I 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,- €

IMG_7598I 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.

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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.IMG_7600So, 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.IMG_7602

I was just very impressed to get such a good reel for under 200,- € made in Germany by a company with very high skills in machining metal.IMG_7603

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…

Not every fly fishermen can or want to pay such high prices. So it’s nice to see, that it is still possible to get good tackle for a good price.   IMG_7605 IMG_7606

New Toys For Boys

I was interested in the reels of the icelandic company Einarsson for quite a long time. I often grab them at my dealer and “play” with them. Not the cheapest reels on the market, but definitely one of the best. I really like the closed frame. You don’t often find closed frames.

With other reels it often happens, that when you use mono shooting line, it slips between the spool and the frame and that really sucks! A closed frame makes the reel also very strong by lightweight construction.

Well, here it is, my new Einarsson 5Plus. Perfectly machined reel with a super smooth sealed break. The colors name is “champagne” and it fits perfect to my Sage One rods. For a stylish guy like me, matching colors of the tackle is very important! ;-)

I bought it for my 6 and 7 weights, but you can fish it on a 5 weight with no problems. I guess it could also work on a 8 weight, when using very thin backing.

Can’t wait for the new season to start! :-)