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17 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
Great for beginner or experience user, good to keep in vehicle with a inexpensive fly rod, my choice, Eagle Claw two piece fly rod, and small box of flies. When traveling, not prepared to fly fish, and passing a river, stream, or lake. Don't forget, fishing rules and licence, for the State your in.
This reel is so cool!. I read a review that said this guy in his 80's received one of these for his 13th birthday and it still works great. I tried mine out for the first time the other day and it worked great. I might have to get another one for my other fly rod.
Nice reel reminiscent of the automatic reels I had many years ago. Appears to be well made albeit a bit heavy. My only problem is that the reel was not supplied with all the features shown on the Walmart website namely the backing, line, leader and flies. Other than that it is a fine reel and I am happy with my purchase.
Below is from the website.
Pflueger Automatic Fly Reel:
Aluminum alloy frame and spool
Stainless steel main spring
Stainless steel foot and line guard
Pre-spooled with #20 Dacron backing, 6 weight level fly line, and 4x tapered leader (assorted flies included)
Had one of these in the 70's. Unfortunately it got lost along the way. Just bought it again for $24.95, a bit more than in the 70's, but just as much fun to use. It doesn't look like it has changed at all in forty years. I bought the last one at the old Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Pomona, CA for $4.95.
this item was great I ama sr citizen and this made my fishing enjoyable
Did not get the new one yet the first one was broke so there went fishing trip that was messed up
This reel does exactly what it says and does it well.
I'm very happy with my recent purchase of the subject Fly Reel. It was everything that I had hoped for and expected it to be. . .Thank you WalMart.
100% better than the Martin Automatic fly reel. Martin reel is junk.
I have been using Pflueger auto fly reels for years. I was very happy when you stopped using the plastic drive gear. I am that happy again now that you are using a composite line holder. I just went fishing and had no problems catching a limit of native brookies.
Funny to think I had this same fly-reel years ago. Back in 1968. I was nine years old. This is a great reel. But not
for beginners. The speed of the line return is really fast... You get use to it and you will find the right touch for
it's line returns easier with time.
I only ordered it because the above ad said that this reel cames pre-loaded with Daecon backing, fly-line and the
tippet line. Well No. None at all. To bad I was going to take it with me this monday fishing.
I chose an automatic to replace my single action reel because I kept getting my line tangled up around me in my small canoe. One of my favorite fishing writers recommended an automatic.
I have only had one opportunity to use it and I think it will do what I wanted. I gave it only four stars because the spring seems a little weak towards the end of the line. At that point, even the slightest pressure from my fingers on the line will keep it from reeling on in.
Have only used this reel a few times and it has worked fine for me.
I have owned 5 of these Pflueger® Automatic Fly Reel's over the last 20 years. I still have 4 of them. Only one has failed (The main Spring broke!). It is so nice to be able to fish with one hand and handle the boat with the other. It is so nice in a fast & hot fishing situation, to be able to take in line fast & smooth, and be ready to get back out fast!
Love them! I think I will buy one more as a stand by.
This reel can not retrieve with the bigger heavier fish like my 1978-1983 reel. But I love it and could only make or suggest a couple Modifications.
Just attached the reel to my fly rod and added 25 yards of 6WF line. At this point in time I am disappointed in the strength of the reel when retreiving line with the auto trigger. My old reel I could set the hook on a fish by simpily hitting the trigger. Unless the spring gets stronger with use, it is not going to happen with this reel. I guess you gewt what you pay for.
I decided to try an automatic on a new rod and generally like Pflueger stuff so I got this reel to try. The problem, however, is that the spool simply isn't big enough. I generally use some backing on the reel before the fly line, but the spool wasn't big enough to even hold the Cortland 444 line (dt6f line). The spool was completely full with with about 10 foot of the fly line not able to fit. I'll return it and just stick with my manual reels for now.