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I've been given a 4 wt fly rod as a gift. Nothing impressive, but very generous all the same. I need a reel for it so I can get started. Please offer recommendations on a reel that is at once affordable and forgiving.

Many thanks,

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Honestly I don't think a fly reel is important enough for a beginner to spend much money on. The rod is much more important. Others who are certainly better fly fisherman than me may disagree. I would save the money for all the tackle you'll need to go with it: backing, line, leader, tippet, flies, etc. Sorry for a vague answer that probably doesn't help you much at all.

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I've used the Pfluger Medalist #1495 for many years. They're a very good reel for the price, though may be hard to find today. Cabelas may still have them. Should sell for about $35.00

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get on ebay and find something that's a recognizable brand but super cheap. I bought four fly reels for about fifteen bucks a year or so ago when I was wanting to start building rods. They are all servicable reels. I wouldn't take them on a carp trip (and wouldn't take a 4wt for that matter), but for trout, panfish, and bass they're just fine. The reel's function is to do nothing but hold line unless you're anticipating needing a good drag system. You could honestly wrap the stuff around a coffee can like a bow fisherman. For beginning fishing, a nice reel is the last thing you'll need in my opinion. Find an old orvis clearwater, or even a wal-mart click-drag reel on ebay. You could probably pick up a servicable click drag reel for a dollar plus shipping.

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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I've found Pflueger 1492, 1494, and 1495 reels available at Cabela's for $24.99. From what, I'm hearing, sounds like a good deal. Again, thanks for the tips.

Troy

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The Cortland CDM Disc Mid Arbor for $39.00 with backing, 5wt line Is a great little starter reel. (line and backing is included)

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The Cortland CDM Disc Mid Arbor for $39.00 with backing, 5wt line Is a great little starter reel. (line and backing is included)

This might be your best bet. Many modern graphite rods can handle a heavier line and if it were me this is the one I would start with.

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If you are just getting started you might call Ty and Anglers Edge in Ozark. He gives casting lessons and teaches fly tying and is an all around nice guy who would be happy to help you learn and makes learning fun. 581-fins(3467).TR

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If you are just getting started you might call Ty and Anglers Edge in Ozark. He gives casting lessons and teaches fly tying and is an all around nice guy who would be happy to help you learn and makes learning fun. 581-fins(3467).TR

To far away, but thanks all the same. I'm in St. Louis. Anyone have any luck with Feathercraft?

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