In lots of trout fishing situations, you don’t need a drag system that’s capable of stopping a locomotive. There, we said it!
Slapping a mega-reel on a lightweight trout rod isn’t going to result in an outfit that’s well-balanced. And really, you don’t need all that technology most of the time.
If you’re targeting trout that are less than gigantic, the drag on your reel really needs to do two things well.
- Engage easily and allow line to peel off the reel smoothly, protecting light tippets.
- Keep your reel from backlashing on a fast run.
For small- to moderate-sized trout and lightweight rods, one of the reels that we think you should check out is the Sage Click.
Here’s why we like Sage Click reels.
- They’re lightweight.
- They’re really simple and the clicker drag is super smooth.
- They retain one really important element of modern reel design – a very large arbor. This allows for fast line pickup and less memory when your line and leader come off the reel.
We fished the Sage Click III with a 7 foot 4 weight on some tiny water in Southern Chile last week, and we loved it. The outfit balanced great and the drag did an excellent job, even on some fish that were quite a bit bigger than expected. Nothing wrong with that.