How to Set Up a Fly Reel – Video 1

This is the first in a five-part video which will demonstrate how to completely set up a fly reel from the arbor all the way to the leader. This video is brought to you by The Itinerant Angler, A full-length version with all five videos in one 15 movie is also available. You’ll learn the Double Surgeon’s Loop, a new arbor knot, the Nail Knot, the Perfection Loop, and the Loop to Loop connection. The full video is 15 minutes long, so if you’re only interested in one part, skip down. If you’re doing this for the first time, you’ll need the following items: (1) your trout reel, (2) a spool of “backing” (for trout, 20 lb. test is typically plenty), (3) a fly line, (4) some 20 lb. monofilament (I use Amnesia, which is red), and (5) a tapered leader.

3 Responses to “How to Set Up a Fly Reel – Video 1”

  1. headstrong440 says:

    awesome video! Thank you so much!

  2. tonysbethanie says:

    How much backing to you put on the reel? Likewise, how much actual fly line to you put on. I saw somewhere that one gentleman put 50 yds of backing and all of the fly line that is on the spool, about 30 yds. Is this correct?

  3. ZachMatthews1 says:

    Yes, you want to use all of your fly line, since it is tapered to help you cast. For the backing, use as much as you need to fill the reel. For most trout reels, that will be about 100 yards.

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