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 5 out of 5 by mcmutt What a reel!!
This's my 3rd season on my HC 2, with many more to go. The disc drag could almost stop a freight train, yet is gentle enough to protect the lightest tippets. It was recommended by a friend who uses his HC reel 200+ days a year as a great value for the price. I'd put this reel up against any $200+ reel for durability and performance. From blasting bass, slamming salmon to bruiser brookies, the Hobb's Creek LA reel handles it all, and comes back for more. Highly recommended to any budget conscious angler, as well as the serious angler looking for a no nonsense disc drag reel.
June 27, 2006
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bass flyer Great reel
I am pleased with the performance of my hc3 reel , it has a super smooth disk drag ,and fun to use , it is a very good design, I have plans to buy another hc3 in the near future.
April 18, 2006
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.