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#
large trout and steelhead
6/20/2013 12:46 pm
As a passionate big trout fly angler, I don’t mind taking risks when it comes to the purchase of quality fly fishing gear. I took risk this time as well when I opted to buy the classic trout fly reel from Leland shop. I conducted research on the internet and found some positive reviews about this reel and decided to try it out myself. When I used the reel for the first time, I realized that I should also be among the reviewers who have had posted their honest comments on the web. This reel needs a special recognition for its ability to complement the esthetic of the traditional bamboo and fiberglass rods and the modern-day graphite fly rods as well. I can exercise proper control on the drag and I appreciate the way this reel fits the backing and the weight forward floating lines in a narrower spool that simulates the advantages of a large arbor fly reel for large trout and steelhead. I think large arbor reels for trout are ugly and overkill. The reels action is smooth and I feel really happy with the day’s results… an untiring and fulfilling experience.