There’s nothing I look forward to more than packing up my fly fishing tackle on an early spring morning and setting out for my favourite stream. Once there, I gear up and wade out into the cool, crisp water, ready to begin the fight. The thrill of casting out that first fly is incomparable! To maximise my chance of success, I choose my tackle quite carefully, and with much deliberation. In fact, I enjoy shopping for and acquiring tackle almost as much as using it! I also think it’s important to let other anglers know about fishing gear I’ve found that’s superior in quality while remaining affordable. Here’s some information on one such item: the Greys GX5000 fly fishing reel.

Key Features of the Greys GX500 Fly Fishing Reel

The Greys GX500 reel product line has a unique line identification system that allows the angler to mark the spool clearly with the characteristics of the line it contains, including core type, size, sink profile and density. Once marked, the angler can select the correct line at a glance. The 4/5/6 size and 6/7/8 size spools are interchangeable with Greys GX700 line, and feature die cast aluminium construction. Die casting, by the way, is a process of forcing molten metal into a mould under high pressure. This results in parts that are exceptionally durable. Another feature I like about fishing tackle like the GX500 is the large arbour, narrow width design that delivers a retrieve that is both fast and level. The arbour is ported as well, which helps to keep the weight light.

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More About the GX500 Reel

The GX500 fly reel has a versatile tri-grip handle design. There’s also a captive spool release mechanism, and the centralised twin Rulon disc drag system features a twin dog drive. Rulon is a high-performance plastic known for its chemical inertness, wide range of operating temperatures, abrasion resistance and low coefficient of friction. Rulon is used in engine piston rings and bearings, so I’m sure it’s a great material for fishing tackle! The spool is reinforced 51% glass filled, another key feature for me. The GX500 easily converts from right- to left-handed retrieve with no tools required. I do appreciate that the GX500 comes with two spare spools as well. Expect to pay about £59.99 for the GX500.

Final Thoughts on the Greys GX500 Fly Fishing Reel

This reel has a stunning anodised aluminium frame, and the unique line identification system has made the GX500 a true stand out in its class. The cage is fully machined, and I also like the “easy push” cartridge spool release. The drag system is a unique feature specific only to Greys reels. Finally, the pin-identified registration system rounds out the GX500’s impressive list of features.

For my money, I’ll choose superiorfly fishing tackle like the Greys GX500 every time. I’m pleased to rate it at 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars. Great piece of gear!

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