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Monthly Archives: July 2012

In search of Solitude (a reel story)

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Thank you to Texas Fly Fishing Adventures for this fly reel guest review! Hard to believe that almost a year ago my fly fishing adventure began. Although I feel like i’ve learned a lot at this point, there is still more fly reel and fly flishing knowledge to gain. When starting to piece my gear together, a lot of discussion was had on fly reels. So much is said that a fly reel is only there to hold your line. That statement might be true when it comes to smaller species of fish but i’ve had quite a few large bass take me close to the backing before the use of the drag system on the reel tired them out. When choosing my fly reel I searched for a quality one made in the USA. My search led me to a small company called Solitude Reels. Located in Seattle, they have been making a quality, proven fly reel that can withstand the rigors of fighting Steelhead and had to be tough enough to handle anything that I could possibly throw at it, and it has.     The smoothness of the drag, which is made of a cork/teflon disk system really comes in handy when playing a large fish. Being type II anodized gives me the comfort of knowing that when I fish in saltwater it will be able to handle the elements. With the capability of changing the spool quickly, you are able to adapt to the conditions on the water easily.   Currently i’m using the Solitude 2 reels on a 4wt and 5wt rod. Soon I hope to add a Solitude 3 to put on an 8wt for use on larger fish as well as at the coast when pursuing redfish.    

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Upcoming Events

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We welcome you to our new commerce site and  hope that it serves you well.   For those of you that are new to our product and our site, Solitude Reels has recently announced a new and improved drag system to be show cased in the SR4 and SR5 reels for 2011.  The new drag system includes; over sized drag discs, a new proprietary cork composite material, and a custom designed spring.  This drag system offers the smoothness and minimal break away friction of the original drag system but with significantly more power  in order to handle large salt water species.  Our goal was to design a drag system that would offer the angler the ability to meet the challenges of vastly different angling situations, from swimming a summer steelhead with light tippet in heavy flow to inshore fishing for over sized bull reds.  We feel the goal has been achieved and are excited about getting these reels into the hands of  anglers. We would also like to express our deep sadness regarding the loss of a dear and special friend.  The passing of Jack Charlton took all of us by surprise and our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and his wonderful wife Judy.  Jack’s generosity and the standards he lived by were an inspiration to all of us. Solitude Reels will be attending the following shows in 2012. If you attend, please come by our booth and check out the new drag, or contact us directly if you have any questions. Upcoming Events The Fly Fishing Show Garden State Convention Center Somerset, NJ. Jan. 27th-29th 2012 The Fly Fishing Show Alameda County Fairgrounds Pleasanton, CA. Feb. 24th-26th 2012 Midwest Fly Fishing Expo Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center Warren, MI March 10-11, 2012 The Great Alaskan Sportsman Show…

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