Wychwood River & Stream Reel Review
Technological advancements in carbon fly fishing rod production are driving the weight of modern rods further and further down. A quick glance through the new 2013 Sportfish catalogue will reveal rod weights as low as 1.4 ounces! Such rods are a joy to cast and fish with, and can make every fish seem like a monster, but there has been an issue with this, one which I have experienced personally.
My go-to dry fly rod is my Sage TXL-F 7’10” 4# (it’s my pride and joy!), which weighs in at a crazy 1.9 ounces. Finding an affordable but quality machined aluminium large arbour reel which is light enough to not spoil the balance of the rod has been a real struggle. Fortunately Wychwood Game Brand Manager and fly tackle design guru Paul Richardson appears to have solved the problem for all light rod enthusiasts with the stunning new River & Stream reels. At the time of publishing the Wychwood catalogue they are the lightest machined aluminium reels on the market, with the 2/3 size version weighing just 50 grams!
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