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 by HBGFisherman Excellent value
I've had the 5wt reel for about 3 years and have to say that it's excellent for what you spend; I've already recommended it to others. I wouldn't call it a Large Arbor, though, so I'm only rating with 4 stars. It's more of a Mid Arbor size. At any rate, it's perfect for trout in my area, and it's definitely sturdy. I've dropped it a couple times each year and you couldn't tell by looking at it or using it that it's ever hit the ground.
March 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Okieflier Great Reel
I started fly fishing two years ago and bought the White River Hobbs Creek combo. Since then I bought two additional 5/6 spools and one 5/6 reel to use with my 5 wt and 6 wt rods. What a value for a beginner! I have caught bass, blue gill and up to a 20" rainbow trout using these reels. They have not failed me yet. I have put them through a lot of abuse to include falling on them on rocks. Would highly recommend as an affordable, durable reel.
March 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Flydipper2 Not really a large arbor reel
This a great entry-level, all-around reel, but I would definitly not call it a large arbor reel. Perhaps on the small side of a mid-arbor.
January 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Catchandrelease2 Amazing for the price
I bought the 7/8 Wt reel, it's a solid reel I mainly use it for bass and pike sometimes steelhead. It can hold a lot of backing which makes it a great steelhead reel, the drag is amazing when lubed, when it's not lubed it's a little bit sticky. If you're using really light tippets you will want to look for a better drag system. You're not going to find a better reel for the price but if you can afford it I suggest the Classic LA for a better drag system.
January 4, 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.