My first two fly reels are from Ross Reels. I cannot remember how much I paid for them back around 2010 but definitely under USD 100.
The Ross Flystart 2 is the first, probably costing around USD30. That was quickly followed with the purchase of the slightly pricier Ross Flyrise 3, a bigger reel and because we all need more than a couple of reels.
Retiring Both Reels
I retired the Flystart from fishing four years later (I don’t use it much really) and the Flyrise just yesterday when I was battling a barramundi in Jugra and the spool was coming off!
So why am I telling you this? I feel most of us will start off fly fishing in the freshwater and we we’d think we don’t need very good reels. But buying better reels may be a wiser decision.
Even used reels would be alright, to keep initial cost down. Better quality reels albeit more expensive reels do last a lot longer. Even a lifetime if taken cared of. Hence the idea of buying used quality fly reels to lower the budget.
Good reels also tend to have demand when we decide to sell them later, whether upgrading or just not in use anymore.