Used to be a large redfish or permit would get the handle of a fly reel whirring faster than an angry wife's jawbone - knocking all the skin off your knuckles in the process. Recently, however, many fly fishermen who recognize the advantages of skin-covered digits have switched over to anti-reverse fly reels. Fin-Nor's large-arbor fly reels, the FR6AR and FR8AR, combine anti-reverse convenience with lightweight construction.
The FR6AR tips the scales at a feather-light 7.3 ounces while the FR8AR weighs in at 7.9 ounces. Both come equipped with three stainless-steel ball bearings and are machined from aircraft-grade aluminum. A one-way drag bearing design eliminates the jerkiness and unpredictable play found in standard dog drag systems while allowing for instant left-to-right conversions and no tool takedowns.
The FR6AR holds 150 yards of 20-pound Dacron and #6 floating fly line, and the FR8AR has a capacity of 200 yards of 20-pound Dacron with #8 floating fly line. Suggested retail price for the FR6AR is $499.95 while the FR8AR sells for $549.95.
For more information contact USSC/Fin-Nor, 5553 Anglers Ave., Suite 109-110, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312; 954-966-5507.