So if you know me you might find this post kind of funny. But yes I was impressed by a fly reel here most recently. While a lot of my teaching on how to go about fighting and handling fish here in Michigan does not require the reel. I believe in stripping the fly line in and landing them.
But with my new arsenal of Scott Radian rods, I was finding out my old school reels where just too heavy and my balance was off. As fly rods continue to get lighter and lighter my “coffee cans” needed an upgrade. Now to my dilemma, with smallmouth bass season here my 907 Radian needed to be outfitted with my favorite bass line 7wt Titan Taper, but as you all know smallmouth do not require the reel for drag. Strip them bronze back beauty’s in. So I did not want to spend a lot of money, for a line holder. Not going to be using a drag. But balance is key, smallmouth require that you cast. Longer casts on wider rivers, and banging shoreline on our reservoirs. Don’t want a heavy setup for a long day of casting.
So my good friend and fellow endangered species hunter Russ Maddin, told me about a new company 3-tand reels. He had just bought a few for his Scott Radians. Well after picking up a TF 70 from TNA (The Northern Angler) for $209. I am floored by the value that one gets with this reel.
The TF 70 is perfect for trout and smallmouth fishing. There are a couple things that I look for in a reel. 1) How does it balance on the rod, 3-tands TF-70 is super light, well ported but still seems durable. 2) How does it spin, what do I mean by this. Can I pick up line quickly by spinning the spool. The answer is yes here, the reel is balanced almost like a center pin reel. Spins like a champ. 3) Sounds funny but is it sexy. Do I like how it looks. While I see reels as men’s jewelry, I want my stuff to be looking good. Answer again is yes. 4) If and when I need drag what am I working with? 3-tands and there TF-70 model? Well the Patent Pending sealed NanoCF Drag system to begin with, what does that mean? Smooth and Sealed basically and secondly for the money more drag than you will ever get anywhere else.
If you need a new reel check out 3-tand and contact Brian at the TNA he has them in stock. Great reel and OMG great value.