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July 14, 2016

ICAST 2016: Top 5 Fly Reels For 2017

by Craig Ritchie

Fly fishing continues to grow in popularity, and with exciting new reels like these, it's easy to see why. Here are five of the most exciting new reels unveiled at ICAST 2016.

Bauer SST
MSRP: From $355

The new Bauer SST fly reel combines a new large arbor spool and frame design with Bauer's industry-leading fully sealed zero-backlash drag. Bauer SST premium reels come in a spectacular clear aluminum finish with a new star drag dial available in 8 color choices. The new SST precision-manufactured reels continue the tradition of Bauer innovation as the "Swiss watch of fly reels." Available for 3wt through 7wt lines.

Sage 6200 Series
MSRP: $439

The new 6200 Series is fully machined with cold forged, tempered 6061-T6 aluminum, housing our proven Sealed Carbon System (SCSI) Drag. The 6200 features a super rigid frame-to-spool connection, a widened palming rim, a large/vented arbor for high retrieve rate, and our One Revolution Drag Knob with 40 detented drag settings for adjustable and repeatable drag resolution.

Ross Colorado LT
MSRP: From $280

Less is More Lightest reel in its class - all models under 3.0 ounces Large Arbor Design All-metal clicker and cover All aluminum, fully-machined construction Machined, marine-grade bronze bushing Canvas Micarta Handle - an industry first, more grip when wet MADE IN USA

Reddington Rise
MSRP: $200

The all new RISE continues our ongoing quest to think beyond the bounds of traditional reel designs. It features a u-shaped large-arbor and a compact carbon fiber drag system that offers over nibs of fish stopping torque. Lightweight design shows through in the modern aesthetic of the RISE, and thoughtful details like twin molded soft-touch handles and oversized drag knob help the reel perform in the hands of any angler.

Hardy Ultralite ASR
MSRP: $299

The ultimate cassette system reel, the new Hardy Ultralite ASR (Assisted Spool Release) reel features a fast, easy-to-use spool release system that actively frees the spool at the flick of a switch and automatically engages the new spool with a simple push fit. Also new to this range is a lightweight size model specifically designed for the challenges of modern river fishing.
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