The history of fishing reels goes back to the 4th century AD, however, this invention does not appear in historical sources until the 15th century. Suffice it to say that the design patented by Charls F. Orvis in 1874 is considered to be one of the prototypes of the modern fly reel! Fly fishing is constantly changing, evolving with us. The evolution did not spare fly reels - many modern designs have been equipped with a multi-disc drag, which has been additionally sealed. Thanks to such solutions, we can enjoy the charms of fly fishing even in the most difficult conditions.
Fly fishing reels are divided according to the size, i.e. the capacity of the fly line with the backing, which is reflected in the AFTM class.
A small number, e.g. # 4, means a small fly reel for light fishing, e.g. with dry fly or nymphs, while the AFTM # 8 class means stronger and larger models for fishing e.g. pike. Of course, there are both smaller and larger models for super light fishing, as well as super strong sea fishing or large and capacious salmon models.