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Old 01-14-2020, 08:30 AM
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I have lived on Andros Island for over 6 years now and have not fly fished the flats, I am going to change that this year...a friend just gave me a brand new St Croix Legend Ultra UFT909 9wt 9ft rod (rod stored so long the tube zipper was frozen closed). I would like some suggestions for a reel. I have never fly fished before so I am a complete noob. I dont want to break the bank, but I also dont want a cheap reel that will cause me issues learning to cast. Thanks in advance for the suggestions...
Old 01-14-2020, 08:32 AM
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go look on sierra trading for a tfo reel.
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I am in the same position. I fly fished 20 yrs ago, but, am getting back into it. I did look online at a review forum. They lined them all up, and the Orvis SR? Not sure if that's the exact one, got high praises. And I think it was less than $300. That's what I went with. Havent used it yet, but, looking forward to spring for sure.
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Try to score a lightly used Orvis Hydros SL V on ebay for around $100. You can also get the IV size but it may be a little light on backing capacity with 9 wt. These are good reels that you don't need to break the bank for. Just be sure to rinse with fresh water after each use.
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Thanks for the quick replies, I guess I should have asked for line and fly recommendations also...
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Line is tough to suggest as everyone has their preferences. Some rods cast better with different lines. If you have a stiff rod and it is windy, I prefer a line with a taper like Airflo Bruce Chard Tropical Punch. If you have a rod with more flex, a line like the SA Mastery Bonefish will be better and can be more delicate with presentation.

Go with dacron backing. Gel spun can be tough on your hands especially if not experienced with it.

Flies are specific to your area. On Andros, I suggest tan and pearl gotchas (size 2 or 4) with bead chain eyes. You can also get some with rubber legs. These will catch all but the spookiest bonefish.

You can either start with knotless leaders or tie your own. 15 to 20 lb tippet.
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Check out Allen fly fishing. Great product and customer service.
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9s a bit heavy for bones IMO but still workable.

For my cheaper guest setups we have reddington rise reels with a Rio Bonefish fly lines or the outbound short fly lines. If you want to come over to Exuma for a flyfish one day then send me a message.

Ole Florida fly shop is a great spot to get setup with great advise.
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Try to score a lightly used Orvis Hydros SL V on ebay for around $100. You can also get the IV size but it may be a little light on backing capacity with 9 wt. These are good reels that you don't need to break the bank for. Just be sure to rinse with fresh water after each use.
This is a very good suggestion - Orvis Hydros SL reels are the best value out reel out there. You could easily use the Orvis SL IV (it's little smaller). Orvis always has good sales as well.

- A good bonefish line is probably more important that a any of your other equipment. I like the Rio Bonefish quick shooter. If you have a 9wt rod get a 9 weight line. Rio makes very good but expensive fly lines. This is where is will pay to spend the extra money. It's worth it.

- You may do a fair bit of wading for bones on Andros, If you do again the is not the place to skimp. Simms flats boots are the way to go. Can often be found used or at a discount ion you look around. Your feet rubbed raw by sand and crushed coral will ruin your day very quickly.

- Get some knotless tapered fluorocarbon bonefish leaders and learn a loop not to tie on your flies.

- Get a pair of very good polarized sunglasses like Costas or Maui Jim or cheaper or if you want cheaper Sunclouds.

- Here is a run down of flies for Andros. Remember every bonefish on Andros likes things with legs, long legs . Don't know why but they do. This website has lots of good information for learning and upping your bonefish game.

https://www.deneki.com/2015/03/bonef...ndros-updated/

- a good online fly fishing retailer is Bear's Den.
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Look at Ross Reels....good quality reels....from the low end to the most expensive...as Cpalms said Bears Den....rods...reels... flies...to fly lines ask for Scott...
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Originally Posted by Cpalms View Post
This is a very good suggestion - Orvis Hydros SL reels are the best value out reel out there. You could easily use the Orvis SL IV (it's little smaller). Orvis always has good sales as well.

- A good bonefish line is probably more important that a any of your other equipment. I like the Rio Bonefish quick shooter. If you have a 9wt rod get a 9 weight line. Rio makes very good but expensive fly lines. This is where is will pay to spend the extra money. It's worth it.

- You may do a fair bit of wading for bones on Andros, If you do again the is not the place to skimp. Simms flats boots are the way to go. Can often be found used or at a discount ion you look around. Your feet rubbed raw by sand and crushed coral will ruin your day very quickly.

- Get some knotless tapered fluorocarbon bonefish leaders and learn a loop not to tie on your flies.

- Get a pair of very good polarized sunglasses like Costas or Maui Jim or cheaper or if you want cheaper Sunclouds.

- Here is a run down of flies for Andros. Remember every bonefish on Andros likes things with legs, long legs . Don't know why but they do. This website has lots of good information for learning and upping your bonefish game.

https://www.deneki.com/2015/03/bonef...ndros-updated/

- a good online fly fishing retailer is Bear's Den.
Yes. This is a very good reel from the reports and what I got. Havent used it yet, but, its supposed to be a great reel for the price. Also, I found Big Y Fly Company. GREAT prices on flies, etc. Like $1.75 or so for a Clouser minnow. I have ordered the flies, got them in, and they look great.
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I have 2 Hydros SL (IV & V) along with 2 Nautilus (CCFX2 8/10 & NV-G 8/9). The Hydros are nice reels for the money. They work great. I noticed Orvis no longer has them on their website. Not sure if that is temporary but you can still find new elsewhere (amazon) under $200 and used for under $100.
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A 9 weight is kind of a bazooka but that might be a good thing when casting in the wind or if you want to tangle with a permit or tarpon some day. For about a hundred bucks the Reddington Behemoth is a solid reel. I haven't tried enough lines to find one I love yet, I agree with the posts that say its really related to the rod and caster as much as anything. Maybe start with something mid range. Strangely enough one of my favorite lines is one of the cheapest, AirCel. I know its a freshwater line but I love it for redfish, tripletail, and have even caught 40LB fish on the 5 weight line.
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Thanks everyone, Kiwi Mike...let me get a little time under my belt and I will contact you.

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