Galvan Torque T-4 Reels
The Galvan reels have been one of our favorite fly reels, and the slightly larger T-5 won our last 5/6 weight Reel Shootout. The Galvan Torque reels have proven to be wonderful reels. They are light but very durable. One of the things I like the most is that they have a large drag knob and a very wide range of drag adjustment. This helps me to easily fine tune the exact amount of drag needed while fishing very light tippets, something that is tough to do with other small reels. Much of the time I’m able to play smaller trout by just stripping line in, but when I hook a big fish that runs hard I want to play it off the reel. Doing this with 6X or 7X tippet demands a good smooth drag with just the right amount of drag adjustment.
Removing the spool requires a simple click of the button on the front side. I love the handle design – it tapers outward allowing you to quickly get and maintain a good grip on the handle. A counterbalance opposite the handle is used to keep the reel running smoothly when a fish is racing away from you. Also, the Galvan Torque reels are basically maintenance free, using a rulon bushing that requires no lubrication. Of all the reels we have carried over the years, Galvan continues to have the fewest warranty issues and returns.