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My first thought, ugly, heavy and there is too much chance of the line jumping off the spool. Other than that, we used them for years trolling and taming Chinook and coho
 

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I don't think the designers consulted fly anglers. As Coastrider said, line will jump off that open spool. That open design is okay for a stationary rod, as used in trolling, but not for a rod that's moved through the motions of casting, let alone stripping line off before casting.

I also agree it's much, much too heavy. They call it a 3-4 wt. fly reel, but at 7 ounces, that's like a modern 8 wt. reel.

I have great memories of trolling with Peetz reels, and I'd still use mine if I did any trolling these days, but I don't. So mine hang on the wall, or are stashed in boxes. Just for nostalgia, I'd love to have a wooden fly reel that's well designed, but this one isn't it for me.

Here are some wooden fly reels I'd love to own (some have no metal all):

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/bambriarsilk/giorgio page.htm
 

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