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What Makes A Quality Fly Reel?

What Makes A Quality Fly Reel?

When it comes to choosing a fly reel, one needs to think about styles, colors, and materials. Then, let’s talk about what makes a quality fly reel? There are several points that may help.
Generally, you need to buy a reel that could contain enough backing line and fly line, and matches the rod you have. A reel meets your basic fishing needs. That’s the first thing we need to consider. For example, a reel that can hold fly line 4 to 6 wt would match a 5 wt fly rod.
Apart from that, there are several suggestions we need to pay attention to
First, two types of drag system could be found on fly reels. One is SPRING&PAWL drag system, and the other DISC DRAG SYSTEM.
The former drag is a simple cog mechanism. It can alter the pressure applied to the spindle. No big difference between max and minimum drag. S&P drag has an advantage----weighs very little. However stopping power may be a little insufficient to handle a large fish. Given this, S&P drag is designed for small rivers or still waters.
The latter drag is the most common and modern drag design. It works as a brake, if a fish you hook pulling the line, the tension on the reel would increase. Keep low pressure while winding in. The way it works is to alter pressure on the inside spool. For fully sealed drag system, for example Piscifun Platte fly reel, it is corrosion-resistant, water-proof and then needs little maintenance. No fully sealed drag needs oiling and greasing to make your reel perform well.
A high-quality drag matters a lot to a good fly reel.
What is spool arbor? Well, it is the distance from center spindle to where spool base starts. Arbor could be divided into standard arbor, mid arbor, large arbor. What do they mean?
As regards standard arbor reel, spool base you attach the backing onto is in the center of a reel. This traditional reel still commonly seen in small river application. It could hold enough backing but on the down side the frames are often very narrow. The backing and fly line are applied to the reel in quite small diameter coils, and thus diminishes retrieval rate and  increases coil memory for fly line. Your line may suffer.
For mid arbor reel, the base moves out a bit from the spindle. Correspondingly, reel is widened. You could put backing to it and keep the line in a larger loop, which reduces memory and increase line retrieval rate.
Let’s move to large arbor---the most modern reel design. Large arbor reel is larger than the above 2 types. Much bigger diameter. Wider design. Backing capacity is good. Reel retrieves fast and line memory reduces. It may looks bigger but is light in weight. Check out Piscifun Platte fly reel. Besides, large arbor reel today is highly machined and manufactured. Weight is reduced but no discount in stability or durability.
Better not choose plastic-made or partly plastic-made. You want your reel lasts longer, right? Metal reels would be better. You could consider CNC-machined aluminum fly reel. It is featured by hard anodized finishes. Would aluminum fly reel be way expensive? Some well-machined reel are affordable. Check out Piscifun Sword, Blaze and Platte series fly reels. Way worth the price.
Don’t you want a reel with a sleek and sexy look? Buy a pretty reel and let your antique reels have a rest. Besides, it would be nice if a reel has beautiful patterns and great structure too. Gunmetal reel is a good choice. Check out Piscifun fly reels.
The above may help you choose a fly reel. Just some basic points. Hope you search more information about how to choose a fly reel if you are a beginner.  


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The Most Famous Angler in Chinese History, Jiang Tai Gong

The Most Famous Angler in Chinese History, Jiang Tai Gong

An angler could influence a nation, even for about 3,000 years. Do you believe it?

When talking about fishing in China, Jiang Tai Gong (also known as Jiang Ziya) is very likely to be the first name that would come to people’s mind. There are always fish willing to be caught by angler Jiang Taigong. Many people know this idiom. To no small extent, he may be rated as the most famous angler in Chinese history.

The story happened in the late years of the Shang dynasty. Jiang Tai Gong once served the king of Shang dynasty, and had come to resent him for tyranny from the bottom of heart.

Jiang Tai Gong was an genius in military tactics and government management. He lived near the Weihe  River about 3, 000 years ago. The area was the feudal estate of Count Ji Chang. Jiang Tai Gong knew Ji Chang was very ambitious so he hoped to get Ji's attention. At that time, he was over 70 years old already!

He often went fishing at the Weishui River, but he would fish in an unusual way. He hung a straight fishhook,without  bait, three feet above the water.  He often said to himself, "Fish, if you don't want to live any more, come and swallow the hook yourself."
Lookers-on were curious about it, and Jiang Tai Gong explained, “I would like to take honestly rather than to plead for with the knees down.I fish not for the fish but for the nobility”. 
Later words traveled to Count Ji. He sent a soldier to fetch him. Jiang Tai Gong ignored the solider, going on with fishing, and was talking to himself, “Fishing, fishing, no fish has been hooked. A shrimp is up to mischief.” The soldier reported this back to Ji Chang, who became more interested in this man. Then, Count Ji sent an official to invite him. It didn’t work. He just carried on fishing, and was saying, “Fishing, fishing, the big fish has not been hooked. A small one is up to mischief.” Finally Ji Chang realized Jiang may be a genius, so he went to invite Jiang Tai Gong himself. Jiang saw his sincerity and honesty and finally decided to work for him.
In the end, Jiang Tai Gong helped Count Ji and his offspring build a great power, topple down Shang dynasty and establish Zhou dynasty---a great dynasty.

Actually, the legend of Jiang Tai Gong has different versions. It has been mentioned, discussed, explored and rewritten in countless books. There are films, drama, TV shows about him. And little boys or girls know folklore about him.
There are always fish willing to be caught by angler Jiang Taigong.” Today, people use this old idiom to describe someone who willingly falls in a trap or does something regardless of the result. This idiom has been passed on from generation to generation. To some degree, it could be regarded as a part of Chinese philosophy. The image of Jiang Tai Gong fishing near the river is very classical. People still could find it in paintings, carvings, and poems.

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  • Alice Wang
How to Choose the Right Gear Ratio of Fishing Reel For Different Fishing Applications

How to Choose the Right Gear Ratio of Fishing Reel For Different Fishing Applications

When you start to learn bass fishing, you would possibly have a number of questions about gear ratio for a baitcaster, especially for beginners. What does gear ratio mean? What gear ratio should I choose?

Take your baitcaster and look at it. What does it show? Gear ratio 6.5:1, or 7.3:1? Actually it is easy to understand. For example gear ratio 6.5:1, 6.5 means rotations the spool would make per turn of reel’s handle. Therefore, 6.5:1 gear ratio means spool rotates 6.5 times per handle turn. Line retrieve also depends on it, to no small degree. The large the number before the colon, the more line it retrieves for per turn.


Gear Ratio for Different Applications

Generally, gear ratios of baitcasters could be divided into 3 types, that is, SLOW ( 5’s ), MEDIUM (6’s), and FAST (7’s). Types vary in different fishing applications.


Slow Gear Ratio (5’s)

A low gear ratio baitcaster, for example 5:1, would work well with some deep diving crank baits or large swim baits. It is very helpful when you want your baits to get deep enough in the water. When you retrieve, you could feel clearly what’s going on with your baits. Besides, bait could stay in the strike zone longer with slow speed reduce possibility of spooking fish


Medium Gear Ratio (6’s)

Baitcasters with the mid gear ratio (6.1:1 or higher) are commonly used in fishing. Have good performance in many fishing applications. You have more choices to try different bait types. It would be easier to get the hang of slower and faster baitcasters if you master reels with medium gear ratio. Jerk baits, top-water lures, rigs and other baits, all work well with reels with medium gear ratio. A good choice for people who starts to use baitcaster.


Fast Gear Ratio (7’s)

Fast retrieve speed would help you when you fight a big bass---stand hard hook-sets. Reels with high gear ratio do a good job in the heavy cover condition or when you cast far from your boat. You can fast control the line and “avoid possible places where big fish like to run for cover after a hook set.”  Plastic worm baits, lipless crank baits, shaky heads perform well with this type of reels.


As regards choosing gear ratio, it would help if one understands what the numbers denote. Most important, reel could perform well in a fishing application if you choose the right gear ratio. If you have enough money in your pockets, buy products of each gear ration range.


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  • Alice Wang