Casting about online for holiday gifts

For one reason or another, you may not get to your local fly shop when shopping for the fly-fisherman on your Christmas list. 

I therefore offer these online suggestions.

Inexpensive reels

There are two schools of thought on fly reels. One is you need the very best, because you never know when that 12-inch brown trout is going to take you into the backing.

The other school notes that the primary purpose of the reel is to hold the line, so get the least expensive model that does what you want it to do.

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