When was the last time you saw an all metal large arbor disc drag fly reel at this price? The answer is "never," unless you already own a Hobbs Creek. We don't like plastic reels. They're cheaper to manufacture, but nobody likes to lose a fish because of a warped spool, or a broken part. The rugged Hobbs Creek fly reel was designed to serve you for many seasons with a minimum of care. Experience the performance of a smooth disc drag and a large arbor design, and have change left over for gasoline and flies!
Hobbs Creek Large Arbor Spare Spool sold separately and can be found through item search for sku number 949540.
Rated 4 out of 5 Quality at a bargin
About two years ago I bought one of these reels as a back-up to a Reddington reel that cost four times what this one does. My Reddington never failed, but after having this reel sit unused for a year, I put it on on a whim. I have now been using it exclusively on my 5wt TFO.
I can't believe you can get a reel of this quality at this price. If the cheap price is holding you back from buying it because you are worried about it feeling like a cheap reel, rest assured that this reel would be a bargain at twice the price. It is smooth, light, and solid in every aspect.
I now own three of them and leave them set up with three different lines because, at this price, why not?
August 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by DougVermont Has stood up to everything I throw at it.
I bought one of these reels, a 5/6 in 2003 or 2004. I went to finally replace it, when I realized I was -not- replacing it because it was broken. I have never lost a fish because of this reel, and I have never had a maintenance issue (and I haven't babied it).
I almost feel bad replacing it. This reel has been one heck of a work-horse for me. I fish a 5wt (a lot) mostly for trout, but, it's my go-to setup for anything. This reel has been the only one I've used for 8 years
Recently, on a trip to Alaska -- I broke my 8wt rod. I brought my 8wt, and my 5wt. So I started fishing a 5wt rig for Salmon (which including this reel, going from a Lamson cork drag reel on the 8wt setup, to this reel on the 5wt rod). It wasn't the appropriate setup, but, this reel still did the job.
I have a variety of other reels these days, and I actually even like it (functionality-wise) as my 2/3 reel from "that big fly fishing company" (you know the one.) -- sure this reel doesn't look like a piece of jewelry... But I throw mine on gravel bars, in the back of trucks, drop it in mud.. and still land fish with it.
For the price, you can't go wrong. If this gets you on the stream, go for it.
July 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mrgatorman Fly reel
Love my new fly reel, I don't fly fish a lot and this is perfect.
July 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sidvicious Salt Water Fishing
Using this reel for red fishing
near Grand Isle La.
July 11, 2012
I am new to fly fishing and i have this reel, can you guys explain to me if there are any differences in the drag of a regular reel (spinning or baitcast) and this reel, is it basically the same in the aspects of what it does, (lets line out at a certain amount of pressure), and how to set the drag on this. also, when i am casting, i can just pull the line out, how and when does the drag engage?
In contrast to spin or baitcast reels, drag on a fly reel is not that important. With a fly reel the fisherman controls the tension by stripping in, holding or releasing the fly line in their hand when a fish is hooked, not so much by the drag on the reel. On occasions that a big fish is taking line, the drag setting is not going to stop the fish. Drag on a fly reel is usually set at a tension level that feels comfortable to the angler when pulling line off the reel to cast.
The drag is adjustable just as with a spinning reel. If the drag has an adjustment, some lighter reels do not, set the drag to where you feel resistance on the line when pulling it out. You will need to adjust it then to the species your fishing.
I have this reel, it's the previous model that I purchased a 2 weeks ago. 6/12 and the spool looks to be the same as the older one. I can't seem to find any information that it will fit. item number 38-421-069-02. They called it the BG5 instead of the HCII. not sure why the name change.. both are WhiteRiver/Hobbscreek... Think it's the same spool.. the BG drag control is in the middle on mine with larger knob to grab onto.. not placed toward the top as a smaller dial.. Anyone else know the answer to this?
An easy way to determine how much backing to use is to tie the fly line onto the spool first and then tie the backing onto the line and fill the reel with as much backing as needed to fill the spool. Then pull off the backing and line and then fill the spool in the correct order. Its just a reverse way to fill the spool without guessing, all be it a little labour intensive.
Unless your drag is set too tight, you should be able to pull the line off the reel with the hand not holding the fly rod. If you are playing a fish and the drag is set correctly, let the fish pull the line out. The drag is designed to help tire the fish to aid in a least harmful catch (and release.) If not, turning the drag down with a fish on is okay if you have to do it. But before your next cast, adjust the drag according to the size/weigh fish you are after.