The Reel Deal
"While we'd all love to own a beautifully engineered fly reel, something we could appreciate as a piece of angling art every time we fixed it to our rod, many of us cannot afford to invest in such piscatorial pampering - especially when a more reasonably priced reel will do more or less the same job.
The Fuze from Stillwater meets the main needs of a modern fly-fisher: it's made from light aluminium, has a large arbour and reliable disc drag. True, it doesn't have the Swiss watch detail or Space Age finish of the prestige brands but it is strong and durable. The reel foot, handle, drag knob and captive spool-release nut are aluminium, not plastic and are finished in an eye-catching green. The drag knob has more travel on it than a top-end reel, but it has plenty of range and the drag is surprisingly smooth with plenty of stopping power.
The Large arbour spool picks up line rapidly and provides ample capacity: 5/6wt 100yd/20lb; 7/8wt 180yd/20lb. It is supplied in a protective cloth bag."