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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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