The High Church of Fly Gear

If you strip your trout in by hand, perhaps it is mostly ego that makes you plunk down more than $100 for a freshwater fly reel. On the other hand, there is something satisfying in knowing that a reel may last for generations, and why the heck not fish with something beautiful? “One reel leaped off the page to tantalize me — a Saracione Mark IV trout reel. It features an old-time, classic design — a curved handle and click-and-pawl drag. It is a style that I have always longed to own. There is one problem. It costs $750.” James Phillips on

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