Remember a time when fishing for steelhead and Atlantic salmon was usually done with a single hand fly rod? Traditional click and pawl reels sang loudly when anglers were tight to fish and things seemed simply better. At Leland Reel Company, we want to offer this experience to angers once again. We designed our Classic Drift fly reel to complement the heavier weight single hand fly rods of the past and present. Whether you swing a soft hackle fly or use an indicator and nymph, this is your new favorite fly reel.
With plenty of capacity to handle today’s longer weight-forward floating lines and ample backing, this reel will never leave you in the lurch. Cosmetically, our Classic Drift would look right at home on any heirloom fiberglass or bamboo fly rod, but due to its performance features, is perfectly compatible with today’s graphite fly rods.
If you fish lighter switch or Spey rods, this reel is a find. It’s traditional enough to pair up with a lightweight two-hander and provides all the capacity and performance today’s angler requires when chasing larger fish.
Not to be overlooked are all the little details like the brass components, including reel foot and counter balance weight, our type III anodizing (providing amazing wear resistance) and our padded leather reel pouch with brass zipper for storage when you day of fishing ends. Designed to form a patina over time, the brass hardware on the Classic Drift will speak to the good times you and your reel have shared together.
- Weight: 6.0 oz.
- Spool Diameter: 3.4 in.
- Spool Width: 0.7 in.
- Capacity: WF7F + 140 yds. 20# ; WF8F + 120 yds. 20#
What's in a name? When we started Leland Reel Company and began designing our fly reels, we had a focused concept: to make fly reels "classic" again.
We wanted to bring back the great days of fly fishing, when life was
more carefree, less technical and simply enjoyable. We wanted to offer
a fly reel that looked like the ones we dreamed about owning when we were younger - reels that spoke, visually, to the heritage of our sport.
We wanted to create fly reels that were elemental in design yet relevant functionally, with contemporary materials and performance.
At Leland Reel Company, we have almost three decades of retail customer
interaction. We've listened to our customers and we've learned a thing
or two. We know that our customers are losing confidence in their fly
tackle purchases. They're uncertain if they really need all the
perceived features of the latest and greatest fly reels, and they fear
that their new fly reel will be replaced next season with something
"better" that offers even more quantified performance.
At Leland Reel Company, we're moving away from this, designing great
fishing reels that work as intended and that will pass the test of
time, not only on the stream but on the shelf, too.
So come join us at Leland Reel Company, as we celebrate the sport of fly fishing.